International Cricket Council (ICC) have announced the schedule for the first 8 set of Tri-series in the ICC CWC League 2 competition, which will see Scotland, UAE, Nepal, Namibia, Oman, Papua New Guinea and United States of America participate in the next 2 1/2 year period, in which all the 7 countries will play a total of 36 ODI matches.
The League will see 126 ODI’s played across 21 set of Tri-series, with the first series kicking off in Scotland on 14 August 2019 in Aberdeen. It will be the first time for Nepal, Namibia, Oman, PNG and USA to host ODI matches at home. Each Tri-series will see teams play a total of six ODI’s, with teams competing for the top three spots of the League 2 table which will confirm their direct entry in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2022.
Namibia will get their opportunity to host 3 Tri-series at home and first one will be happening in Apr 2020, when they host Nepal and Scotland at Wanderers CC, Windhoek from Apr 20th – 27th, 2020. Wanderers CC ground has previously hosted List-A games in the now defunct ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Championships and Cricket South Africa’s provincial tournaments. In fact, Namibia has been the host to many ICC WCL Championship Division matches throughout the WCL history, including the final ever edition held recently in Apr 2019.
Namibia secured their place in CWC League 2 and ODI status until 2022 in the recently concluded WCL Division 2 tournament held at Windhoek, while Nepal’s last journey to Namibia was in WCL Division 2 tournament held in Feb 2018, through which they booked their place in 2018 ICC World Cup Qualifiers. Both Scotland and Nepal secured their ODI status in the World Cup Qualifiers in 2018 in Zimbabwe.