ICC announces seventh and final round fixtures

ICC announces seventh and final round fixtures

Dubai, Aug 12, 2013: The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced the seventh and final round fixtures of the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Championship.

The top two sides from this tournament will qualify automatically for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, while the bottom six teams will receive a second chance to qualify at next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand, when they lock horns with Hong Kong, Nepal, Papua New Guinea and Uganda for the final two spots.

In final round action, the Netherlands will travel to Toronto where it will take on Canada on 27 and 29 August in two ODIs. Then on 6 and 8 September, Ireland, which has already won the tournament to become the first side to qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, will host Scotland in Belfast. The Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah will be the venue for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Namibia 50-over matches on 27 and 29 September.

The curtain will fall on the tournament when Afghanistan takes on Kenya at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in two ODIs on 2 and 4 October.

While Ireland cannot be overtaken irrespective of how the seventh round matches pan out, the Netherlands, Scotland and Afghanistan share second position on 15 points each, while the UAE is one point behind in fifth position. All four countries are still in the race to automatically qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

Meanwhile, the ICC has also confirmed the schedule for the final round of the ICC Intercontinental Cup 2011-2013. Ireland have already qualified for the final, and currently lead its closest rival and defending champion Afghanistan by 12 points, with Scotland a further 18 points back.

Ireland, which won the event in 2005, 2006-2007 and 2007-2008, will square off against Scotland at Clontarf, Dublin, from 11-14 September. Scotland will need an outright win to have any chance of taking second place and knocking Afghanistan out of the final.

Afghanistan takes on Kenya at Oval 1, ICC Academy, Dubai Sports City, Dubai from October 6 to 9.

Pepsi ICC WCL Championship (seventh round fixtures)

Canada v Netherlands

27 Aug – 1st ODI, King City, Toronto

29 Aug – 2nd ODI, King City, Toronto

Ireland v Scotland (to be streamed live at www.icc-cricket.com)

6 Sep – 1st ODI, Stormont, Belfast, Northern Ireland

8 Sep – 2nd ODI, Stormont, Belfast, Northern Ireland

UAE v Namibia (to be streamed live at www.icc-cricket.com)

27 Sep – 1st 50-over match, Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

29 Sep – 2nd 50-over match, Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

Afghanistan v Kenya (to be streamed live at www.icc-cricket.com)

2 Oct – 1st ODI, Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

4 Oct – 2nd ODI, Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

Pepsi ICC WCL Championship points table (after six rounds)

Teams

Mat

Won

Lost

Tied

N/R

Pts

Net RR

Ireland*

12

9

1

1

1

20

+1.011

Netherlands

12

7

4

1

0

15

+0.345

Afghanistan

12

7

4

0

1

15

+0.323

Scotland

12

7

4

0

1

15

+0.025

U.A.E.

12

7

5

0

0

14

-0.112

Kenya

12

5

7

0

0

10

-0.029

Namibia

12

2

10

0

0

4

-0.849

Canada

12

1

10

0

1

3

-0.678

* Ireland has already sealed a place in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, regardless of how the seventh and final round matches of the competition pans out

ICC Intercontinental Cup (forthcoming fixtures)

22-25 Aug – Canada v Netherlands, King City, Toronto

11-14 Sep – Ireland v Scotland, Clontarf, Dublin, Ireland

22-25 Sep – UAE v Namibia, Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

6-9 Oct – Afghanistan v Kenya, GCA 1, ICC Academy, Dubai Sports City

ICC Intercontinental Cup points table (after six rounds):

Teams

Mat

Won

Lost

Tied

Draw

Aban

Pts

Quotient

Ireland

6

4

0

0

2

0

96

1.830

Afghanistan

6

4

0

0

2

0

84

1.168

Scotland

6

2

1

0

2

1

66

1.074

Namibia

6

3

2

0

1

0

57

1.047

Kenya

6

1

4

0

0

1

42

0.749

U.A.E.

6

1

1

0

4

0

40

0.836

Netherlands

6

0

3

0

2

1

36

0.800

Canada

6

0

4

0

1

1

23

0.741

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