Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Well it seems as though the dates have finally been finalised for the ICC Intercontinental Cup.
It has been confirmed on the ICC's development webpage that Kenya will kick off their fixtures by hosting Holland in Nairobi from March 28-31. We will then travel to Canada in late July to play them between July 29 - August 1, before the final league match against Bermuda at home from November 9 - 12.
This is a slightly different format to last year in that the teams play 4 day matches rather than 3. Not only does this increase the chance of a result, but is much closer to the 5 days of a Test. Both batsmen and bowlers will have to increase their concentration to make an impact on the game. With an International grouping, it also means that teams get to play against different competition than they have been used to in the last two year's preliminary matches. Teams also get an extra game before the finals due to the pools being 4 teams strong, rather than 3.
This is the complete schedule, with the host side first:
March 23 - 26, 2006 - Namibia v Nepal.
March 28 - 31, 2006 - Kenya v The Netherlands.
May 12 - 15, 2006 - Scotland v Namibia/Nepal.
May 18 - 21, 2006 - Ireland v Namibia/Nepal.
July 29 - August 1, 2006 - Canada v Kenya.
August 12 - 15 2006 - Canada v Bermuda.
August 17 - 20, 2006 - Scotland v Ireland.
November 9 - 12, 2006 Kenya v Bermuda.
November 21 - 24, 2006 - the Netherlands v Bermuda (South Africa). December 5 - 8 , 2006 - the Netherlands v Canada (South Africa).
January 31 - February 3, 2007 - UAE v Scotland.
February 9 - 12, 2007 - UAE v Ireland.
TBA - UAE v Namibia/Nepal.
TBA - FINAL.
Posted by Chemosit at 11:38 pm