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ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 League 2 Series Schedule and Teams

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The timetable for the Cricket World Cup League 2 has been announced by the International Cricket Council. The seven teams that will take part in League 2 are Nepal, Oman, Namibia, Papua New Guinea (PNG), UAE, Scotland and the USA. The teams will play 126 ODIs across 21 tri-series events.

Scotland, UAE and Nepal qualified through the recent World Cup Qualifier held in Zimbabwe. The World Cricket League Division 2 took place at Windhoek through which Oman, Namibia, Papua New Guinea and the USA qualified by finishing in the top four. The Netherlands won the final World Cricket League Championship and will contest with the 12 full member nations in the CWC Super League that starts next year.

More about the event

The teams will play 36 ODIs each – 12 home matches, 12 matches on neutral ground and 12 ‘away’ matches. From 14th to 21st August, Oman, PNG and Scotland will play four ODIs each at Mannofield Park in Aberdeen which will determine their position in the League 2 table.

Here are some key aspects worth noting-

  • The main aim is to qualify for the Global World Cup Qualifier and then for the 2023 World Cup.
  • After the completion of 21 tri-series events, the position of the top 3 teams will be confirmed at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2022.
  • The bottom 4 teams along with the winners of Challenge League A and B will compete in the Cricket World Cup Qualifier Play-Off 2022.
  • From the 6 teams competing in the Play-Off, the top 2 teams will progress to the Global Qualifier.

Mannofield Park Weather

After the conclusion of the hot summer, the weather forecast at Aberdeen is windy and cold with frequent showers and disruptions in store. Unlike Grange in Edinburgh, Mannofield is not a very batting-friendly ground in Scotland. Achieving a score above 250 is quite an exception at Aberdeen rather than the norm. The pitch is however friendly to pace bowlers who generally do well and batting probably gets easier in the afternoon provided the weather stays calm clear and dry which seems highly unlikely this week.

Teams & Players

The teams, along with their players who will play in Series 1 are given below:

PNG: Assad Vala (c), Charles Amini (vc), Simon Atai, Sese Bau, Gaudi Toka,  Kiplin Doriga (wk), Riley Hekure, Hiri, Nosaina Pokana, Damien Ravu, Lega Siaka, Chad Soper, Tony Ura, Norman Vanua

Oman: Zeeshan Maqsood (c), Jatinder Singh (vc), Khawar Ali, Fayyaz Butt, Sandeep Goud, Aqib Ilyas, Aamir Kaleem, Kaleemullah, Bilal Khan, Suraj Kumar (wk), Ajay Lalcheta, Mohammad Nadeem, Khurram Nawaz, Jay Odedra

Scotland:Kyle Coetzer (c), Richie Berrington, Matthew Cross (wk), Alasdair Evans, Michael Leask, Calum MacLeod, Gavin Main, Mark Watt, George Munsey, Adrian Neill, Safyaan Sharif, Tom Sole, Hamza Tahir, Craig Wallace (wk)

Series 1 Schedule

Wednesday 14 August – Oman v PNG

10 am GMT, Mannofield Park, Aberdeen

Thursday 15 August – Scotland v Oman

10 am GMT, Mannofield Park, Aberdeen

Saturday 17 August – Scotland v PNG

10 am GMT, Mannofield Park, Aberdeen

Sunday 18 August – Scotland v Oman

10 am GMT, Mannofield Park, Aberdeen

Tuesday 20 August – Scotland v PNG

10 am GMT, Mannofield Park, Aberdeen

Wednesday 21 August – Oman v PNG

10 am GMT, Mannofield Park, Aberdeen

Series 2-21 Schedule & Teams

The Schedule and Teams playing for Series 2 to Series 21 is as follows:

Series 2 – September 2019 – United States, Papua New Guinea, Namibia

Series 3 – December 2019 – United Arab Emirates, Scotland, United States

Series 4 – January 2020 – Oman, Namibia, United Arab Emirates

Series 5 – February 2020 – Nepal, United States, Oman

Series 6 – March 2020 – United States, Scotland, United Arab Emirates

Series 7 – April 2020 – Namibia, Nepal, Scotland

Series 8 – June 2020 – Papua New Guinea, United Arab Emirates, Nepal

Series 9 – June 2020 – Scotland, Nepal, Namibia

Series 10 – September 2020 – Namibia, Papua New Guinea, United States

Series 11 – December 2020 – United Arab Emirates, Namibia, Oman

Series 12 – January 2021 – Oman, United States, Nepal

Series 13 – February 2021 – Nepal, United Arab Emirates, Papua New Guinea

Series 14 – April 2021 – Papua New Guinea, Oman, Scotland

Series 15 – June 2021 – Scotland, United Arab Emirates, United States

Series 16 – August 2021 – United States, Nepal, Oman

Series 17 – August 2021 – Namibia, Oman, United Arab Emirates

Series 18 – September 2021 – Papua New Guinea, United States, Namibia

Series 19 – November 2021 – Nepal, Namibia, Scotland

Series 20 – January 2022 – Oman, Scotland, Papua New Guinea

Series 21 – January 2022 – United Arab Emirates, Papua New Guinea, Nepal

It promises to be an exciting season of cricket for all these teams who are striving to break into the frontiers of mainstream global cricket. In fact, the International Cricket Council (ICC) should definitely think about promoting cricket more in these countries in order to pursue the next level of growth and expansion for the game.

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