Qatar batsmen make their way into the middle in group match in ICC Asia A Qualifiers in Kuwait - Image by Kuwait Cricket @KuwaitCricket (Twitter) // www.cricketkuwait.org

After multiple number of postponements, Oman Cricket (OC) has been awarded the hosting rights for the Asian Cricket Council’s Western region T20 tournament from 20th – 25th Jan, 2019. The tournament was originally scheduled for Dec 2018 in Kuwait.

As reported by Times of Oman, Oman will play host’s to teams from Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Maldives & Saudi Arabia in the 5-nation tournament. All matches in the tournament are eligible for T20I status as per the new status rules effective for men’s International matches between all ICC members from 01st Jan 2019.

ICC recently released the Women’s T20I team rankings and all International matches played in the past 2-3 years were taken into consideration to provide an initial ranking to Associate member nations. ICC will be releasing the same for the men’s T20I team global rankings as well, and the results of this tournament will matter a lot to get a higher initial ranking.

It will be the first time Oman Cricket will be hosting an Asian Cricket Council tournament, after having hosted a successful edition of ICC World Cricket League Division 3 in Nov 2018.

ACC Western Region T20 Schedule (all timings local):

20 Jan 2019 Bahrain v Saudi Arabia at OC Turf 1 @9:30am ; Maldives v Kuwait at OC Turf 2 @9:30am
21 Jan 2019 Qatar v Saudi Arabia at OC Turf 2 @9:30am ; Bahrain v Maldives at OC Turf 1 @9:30am
22 Jan 2019 Maldives v Saudi Arabia at OC Turf 2 @9:30am ; Kuwait v Qatar at OC Turf 1 @9:30am
23 Jan 2019 Bahrain v Kuwait at OC Turf 2 @9:30am ; Maldives v Qatar at OC Turf 1 @9:30am
24 Jan 2019 Bahrain v Qatar at OC Turf 2 @9:30am ; Kuwait v Saudi Arabia at OC Turf 1 @9:30am
24 Jan 2019 Final at OC Turf @07:00pm

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