Netherlands and Nepal among four countries sent invite by Cricket Oman for a 5-nation T20I series - Image by ICC Online Media Zone @ICC (Twitter)

Oman Cricket Board (OC) will be hosting as many as 4 countries from Oct 05th – 10th, 2019, as they finalize preparatory plans before ICC Men’s T20 World Cup global qualifiers in UAE in Oct/Nov 2019. All matches will be played at the OC turf grounds in Al Amerat and will carry official T20I status with ranking points on offer.

Oman Cricket will play host’s to Cricket Ireland, Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricket Bond (KNCB), Cricket Hong Kong and Nepal Cricket Team in a 5-nation T20I series, approved by International Cricket Council (ICC).

Oman, Ireland, Netherlands and Hong Kong qualified directly for the Global Qualifiers on virtue of being in the Top 6 rankings outside the global Top 10 teams in the ICC T20I team rankings on 31st Dec 2018. However, Nepal, missed out on the opportunity in the Asian qualifiers, losing the spot to host’s Singapore in Jul 2019.

The tournament will provide Nepal with much required competitive cricket to rebuild their young and inexperienced team, as they begin their quest towards qualification for 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup in CWC League 2 competition. They will be playing their first T20I game against a Full member nation in over five years after their previous one came during World T20 tournament in 2014 in Bangladesh.

For Hong Kong, it will be a start of a busy period, which will see them host the first leg of CWC Challenge League in Nov 2019, after the conclusion of the Global Qualifiers.

Oman will provide similar conditions to that the teams will encounter in UAE, and Ireland and Netherlands have already been to the country in Feb 2019, when they played a T20I quadrangular series involving the host’s and Scotland.

5-Nations T20I Series Schedule (Local Timing)

Date Match @9:30AM Match@2:30PM
05 Oct 2019 Oman v Hong Kong Ireland v Netherlands
06 Oct 2019 Oman v Ireland Nepal v Hong Kong
07 Oct 2019 Netherlands v Nepal Hong Kong v Ireland
Rest Day
09 Oct 2019 Ireland v Nepal Oman v Netherlands
10 Oct 2019 Netherlands v Hong Kong Oman v Nepal

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