Change in dates for ICC Intercontinental Cup and 50-Over League fixtures

Dubai, ICC Media Release Jan 23, 2012: The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced a change in date for two of the four upcoming 50-Over League and ICC Intercontinental Cup third round fixtures that are scheduled to be played in March and April.

The 50-over games between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Scotland in Sharjah will now be played on 7 March and 9 March respectively, while the 50-over games between Namibia and Canada in Windhoek will now be played on 10 April and 12 April, respectively.

The Intercontinental Cup fixture between Namibia and Canada sides has been moved a day earlier. So, the four-day game will now begin on 5 April with its scheduled conclusion for 8 April.

The fixtures listed below include both ICC Intercontinental Cup dates along with the 50-Over League fixtures and details of Twenty20 International matches that will be played by the teams during the window from February through to April.

The revised fixtures are underlines and marked in red font:

Kenya v Ireland

12-15 Feb – ICC Intercontinental Cup, Mombasa Sports Club, Mombasa

18 Feb – ODI, 50-Over League, Mombasa Sports Club, Mombasa

20 Feb – ODI, 50-Over League, Mombasa Sports Club, Mombasa

22 Feb – T20I, Mombasa Sports Club, Mombasa

23 Feb – T20I, Mombasa Sports Club, Mombasa

24 Feb – T20I, Mombasa Sports Club, Mombasa

UAE v Scotland

16-19 Feb – ICC Intercontinental Cup, Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

7 Mar – 50-over match, 50-Over League, Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

9 Mar – 50-over match, 50-Over League, Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

Afghanistan v Netherlands

29 Mar – ODI, 50-over League, Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

31 Mar – ODI, 50-over League, Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

2-5 Apr – ICC Intercontinental Cup, Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

Namibia v Canada

5-8 Apr – ICC Intercontinental Cup, Wanderers Sports Club, Windhoek

10 Apr – 50-over match, 50-Over League, Wanderers Sports Club, Windhoek

12 Apr – 50-over match, 50-Over League, Wanderers Sports Club, Windhoek

The ICC Intercontinental Cup has quickly grown in stature and profile since its inception seven years ago. The ICC’s premier first-class tournament is an integral part of the Associate Members’ cricket schedule.

At the conclusion of the ICC Intercontinental Cup 2011-13 there will be a total of US$ 170,000 for the Associate and Affiliate teams taking part with US$100,000 for the winner and US$40,000 for the runner-up. Teams finishing in third and fourth place with receive US$20,000 and US$10,000 respectively.

An an outright win by any team during the course of the round-robin stage will see it walk away with US$3,000 per match.

Having previously been designed around a two-group, three-day format, the event then evolved into an eight-team, round-robin and truly global tournament featuring four-day cricket which gives those teams who do not play Test cricket the chance to experience the longer form of the game.

This year’s format includes eight teams – Afghanistan, Canada, Ireland, Kenya, Netherlands, Scotland, Namibia and United Arab Emirates.

Scotland won the first ICC Intercontinental Cup in 2004, beating Canada in the final, while Ireland has been victorious in three events since then, beating Kenya in the 2005 decider, Canada in the 2006-07 event, Namibia in 2007-08 while in 2009-10, Afghanistan won the competition.

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