The ICC’s initiative to provide the associate nations a chance to improve their game and to play along with the bigger Test playing nations, The ICC Intercontinental cup will be of great help to nations like Afghanistan and Ireland who have shown their potential in limited over cricket to get a chance to play Test cricket.

The ICC Intercontinental Cup will feature teams from Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Namibia, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Scotland and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will go through a round robin format and the winner of this league will get a chance to play Test matches with the sides ranked in the second half of the ICC test rankings.

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson in an interview said that the Intercontinental cup is a great venture and gives the powerful associate nations to stamp an authority in international cricket and show the world the raw talent even in emerging nations. He added that this is the chance for players from these nations to fulfill their ambitions.

The tournament which will kick off in Namibia this week is a part of the ICC’s global development programme. It is funded by the ICC and the chief executive David wished all the teams the best.

Dates for ICC Intercontinental Cup first round fixtures:
10-13 May – Namibia v Hong Kong, Wanderers
Match Referee: Dev Govindjee (South Africa), Umpires: Andrew Wynand Louw (Namibia) and Adrian Holdstock (South Africa)
2-5 June – Ireland v UAE, Malahide
2-5 June – Scotland v Afghanistan, Stirling
16-19 June – Netherlands v Papua New Guinea, Amsterdam

Dates for Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Championship first round fixtures:
15 May – Namibia v Hong Kong, Wanderers
17 May – Namibia v Hong Kong, Wanderers
22 June – Netherlands v Papua New Guinea, Amsterdam
24 June – Netherlands v Papua New Guinea, Amsterdam
25 June – Kenya v UAE, tbc
27 June – Kenya v UAE, tbc
25 July – Scotland v Nepal, tbc
27 July – Scotland v Nepal, tbc

The first ICC Intercontinental cup was won by Scotland in 2004. The team from Ireland have won it four time in all.

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