Cricket Oman (OC) have replaced Cricket Hong Kong (CHK) as host’s for the first round of ICC CWC (Cricket World Cup) Challenge League Group B from Dec 02nd – 12th, 2019, as announced by International Cricket Council. Oman will host team’s from Hong Kong, Kenya, Uganda, Jersey, Bermuda and Italy in Group B.
Each nation in both the groups will play each other in a single round-robin group format. All matches in CWC Challenge Leagues will be official List-A matches. Each nation in either groups (A & B) will play a total of 15 List-A matches (spread across 3 set of tournaments each from 2019-2021). The top team in both the groups at the end of the league will advance to ICC CWC Qualifiers play-off tournament, where they will compete with the bottom 4 team’s from CWC League 2, for the final 2 spots into the 2022 ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers.
The Bottom 2 teams from both the groups in the Challenge League will be relegated to Cricket World Cup Challenge League Play-off, where they will compete with the regional qualifiers to earn the place in the next cycle of CWC Challenge League.
The venue was moved from Hong Kong due to the ongoing political demonstrations being held within the city, which would have created issues for the logistics and transportation during the tournament. Hong Kong, Jersey, Kenya and Bermuda were in action in the recently concluded ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifiers in UAE.
CWC Challenge League Group B (1st Round) Schedule
|02-Dec-19||Uganda vs Jersey||OC Turf 1, Al Amerat||09:30AM|
|03-Dec-19||Italy vs Kenya||OC Turf 1, Al Amerat||09:30AM|
|Hong Kong vs Bermuda||OC Turf 2, Al Amerat||09:30AM|
|05-Dec-19||Jersey vs Hong Kong||OC Turf 1, Al Amerat||09:30AM|
|Kenya vs Uganda||OC Turf 2, Al Amerat||09:30AM|
|06-Dec-19||Bermuda vs Uganda||OC Turf 1, Al Amerat||09:30AM|
|Jersey vs Italy||OC Turf 2, Al Amerat||09:30AM|
|08-Dec-19||Italy vs Hong Kong||OC Turf 1, Al Amerat||09:30AM|
|Kenya vs Bermuda||OC Turf 2, Al Amerat||09:30AM|
|09-Dec-19||Jersey vs Kenya||OC Turf 1, Al Amerat||09:30AM|
|Uganda vs Italy||OC Turf 2, Al Amerat||09:30AM|
|11-Dec-19||Hong Kong vs Uganda||OC Turf 1, Al Amerat||09:30AM|
|Bermuda vs Jersey||OC Turf 2, Al Amerat||09:30AM|
|12-Dec-19||Italy vs Bermuda||OC Turf 1, Al Amerat||09:30AM|
|Kenya vs Hong Kong||OC Turf 2, Al Amerat||09:30AM|
Squads (Key Players highlighted in bold)
Hong Kong Squad: Aizaz Khan (Captain), Ahsan Abbasi, Haroon Arshad, Waqas Barkat, Aarush Bhagwat, Adit Gorawara, Aftab Hussain, Raunaq Kapur, Ehsan Khan, Nizakat Khan, Hassan Khan Mohammad, Nasrulla Rana, Kinchit Shah, Shahid Wasif
Jersey Squad: Chuggy Perchard (Captain), Daniel Birrell, Corey Bisson, Dominic Blampied, Harrison Carlyon, Jake Dunford (wk), Nick Greenwood, Jonty Jenner, Elliot Miles, Rhys Palmer, William Robertson, Ben Stevens, Julius Sumerauer, Nathaniel Watkins
Italy Squad: Joy Perera (Captain), Rehman Abdul, Gareth Berg, Zahid Cheema, Madupa Fernando, Luis di Giglio, Rakibul Hasan, Fida Hussain, Nicholas Maiolo, Gian-Piero Meade, Michael Ross, Jaspreet Singh, Manpreet Singh, Nikolai Smith
Kenya Squad: Jadhavji Bhimji, Sachin Bhudia, Emmanuel Bundi, Aman Gandhi, Dhiren Gondaria, Irfan Karim, Shem Ngoche, Collins Obuya, Nehemiah Odhiambo, Lucas Oluoch, Lameck Onyango, Naman Patel, Rakep Patel, Rushab Patel
Bermuda Squad: Terryn Fray (Captain), Okera Bascome, Onais Bascome, Derrick Brangman, Zeko Burgess, Duente Darrell, Coolidge Durham, Kyle Hodsoll, Kamau Leverock, Tre Manders, Justin Pitcher, Delray Rawlins, Pierre Smith, Sinclair Smith, Dion Stovell
Uganda Squad: Brian Masaba (Captain), Roger Mukasa, Arnold Otwani, Frank Nsubuga, Riazat Ali Shah, Dinesh Nakrani, Ronak Patel, Shahzad Ukani, Bilal Hassan, Richard Agamire, Charles Waiswa, Fred Achelam, Kenneth Waiswa, Henry Ssenyondo