Team Afghanistan pose with ICC Intercontinental Cup Trophy - image by ICC Media @ICC - www.icc-cricket.com

The 2015-2017 ICC Intercontinental Cup came to a close on 02nd Dec, 2017 in UAE when Afghanistan won the trophy for the 2nd time and Ireland finished 2nd followed by Netherlands and Hong Kong. Afghanistan and Ireland now exit Intercontinental Cup as they were obliged to finish the current cycle after being awarded Test status in June 2017 by ICC.

The next cycle is expected to be from 2019-2021 and one would assume that the 6 Associate member countries, who took part in the ICC World Cup qualifiers will be part of the I-Cup structure and perhaps, add up the winners of ICC World Cricket League Division 2 in 2019 into the structure as well.

It will be a welcome return for Nepal in the red-ball format of the game. Nepal last took part in the 2004-2005 edition of the tournament, which was played in the 3-day format. The crowd support will actually see filled out ground when Nepal play their home fixtures in the I-Cup tournament.

It needs to be seen how ICC wants to take forward the ICC Intercontinental Cup going forward and till the time the outcome is notified to all cricketing circles, here’s a look at the top run-scorers and wicket-takers in I-Cup history so far.

Top Run Scorers in ICC Intercontinental Cup:

ICC Intercontinental Cup – Most runs
Player Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50
SO Tikolo (Kenya) 19 32 2 1918 220 63.93 6 7
Arshad Ali (UAE) 24 46 2 1756 185 39.9 4 9
WTS Porterfield (Ireland) 24 39 2 1743 186 47.1 5 8
G Snyman (Namibia) 24 44 8 1733 230 48.13 2 10
Khurram Khan (UAE) 24 43 3 1730 121* 43.25 4 10
Saqib Ali (UAE) 18 34 4 1620 195 54 6 6
AR White (Ireland) 26 36 9 1552 152* 57.48 5 9
Mohammad Shahzad (Afghanistan) 19 32 5 1457 214* 53.96 4 7
NJ O’Brien (Ireland) 18 28 2 1386 176 53.3 6 4
KJ O’Brien (Ireland) 30 43 7 1384 171* 38.44 1 9
AC Botha (Ireland) 21 30 1 1352 186 46.62 5 3
PW Borren (Netherlands) 27 50 1 1331 109 27.16 2 5
Asghar Stanikzai (Afghanistan) 22 32 2 1327 145 44.23 5 2
SF Burger (Namibia) 28 50 3 1321 135 28.1 1 11
RN ten Doeschate (Netherlands) 8 12 3 1285 259* 142.77 7 1
CO Obuya (Kenya) 23 39 4 1261 91* 36.02 0 11
MA Ouma (Kenya) 22 40 1 1226 130 31.43 2 7
S Dhaniram (Canada) 20 37 8 1174 144 40.48 3 5
CG Williams (Namibia) 19 32 2 1166 140 38.86 4 4
EC Joyce (Ireland) 9 15 0 1024 231 68.26 3 3
JP Bray (Ireland) 12 19 0 998 190 52.52 3 4
PR Stirling (Ireland) 21 34 0 953 146 28.02 3 3
GC Wilson (Ireland) 22 34 2 938 95 29.31 0 6
IH Romaine (Bermuda) 17 31 1 932 111 31.06 2 4
R van Schoor (Namibia) 17 31 2 910 157 31.37 2 3
DF Watts (Scotland) 19 30 1 894 146 30.82 2 4
TN de Grooth (Netherlands) 20 35 1 892 196 26.23 1 5
DL Hemp (Bermuda) 7 13 4 861 247* 95.66 2 5
RR Watson (Scotland) 15 22 0 843 167 38.31 2 4
Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan) 20 29 3 841 117 32.34 2 3
RD Berrington (Scotland) 19 30 3 840 129 31.11 2 4
Nawroz Mangal (Afghanistan) 14 24 2 832 168 37.81 1 5
A Bagai (Canada) 14 26 2 812 93 33.83 0 6
Qaiser Ali (Canada) 14 25 2 784 174 34.08 1 5
AR Cusack (Ireland) 15 22 3 761 130 40.05 1 4
SP Patil (UAE) 10 17 2 758 94 50.53 0 7
PM Seelaar (Netherlands) 23 41 10 751 138* 24.22 1 2
TM Odoyo (Kenya) 17 27 6 746 137 35.52 2 3
DO Obuya (Kenya) 12 22 0 733 115 33.31 1 6
AJ Burger (Namibia) 13 25 1 725 81 30.2 0 5
NFI McCallum (Scotland) 14 21 5 714 181 44.62 3 1
Babar Hayat (Hong Kong) 6 11 1 712 214* 71.2 3 1
CJ Smith (Bermuda) 8 12 1 707 138 64.27 2 5
SD Outerbridge (Bermuda) 12 23 0 706 113 30.69 1 6
A Vala (Papua New Guinea) 7 14 3 700 144* 63.63 3 3
LJ Burger (Namibia) 16 29 2 667 120 24.7 1 5
ES Szwarczynski (Netherlands) 18 30 1 664 93 22.89 0 5
B Zuiderent (Netherlands) 12 20 3 649 149* 38.17 1 5
EJG Morgan (Ex-Ireland) 8 13 2 639 209* 58.09 2 2