Friday, May 24

Nepal To Kick Off New ICC League 2 Cycle At Home

By a Staff Reporter

Kathmandu (HamroKhelkud) – Nepal are set to host the inaugural series of the ICC World Cup League-2 in February, according to the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN). Commencing on February 17, the series involving Nepal, Netherlands, and Namibia will unfold in Kathmandu. Nepal will play two matches each against both teams.

Netherlands join the League Two fray after participating in the Super League alongside 12 test teams from 2019 to 2023. Following their stint in the Super League, the Netherlands faced relegation to League Two.

The League Two lineup comprises Nepal, UAE, Oman, Scotland, Netherlands, Namibia, USA, and Canada, scheduled to engage in a home-and-away format, extending until 2027, with Nepal slated to tour all participating nations.

However, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has yet to disclose specifics about the League Two format including the continuity of ODI status and the direct qualification criteria for the World Cup. These details will be unveiled when the ICC releases the roadmap for the 2027 World Cup.

The 2027 World Cup is set to be co-hosted by South Africa, Namibia, and Zimbabwe with 14 teams participating. The configuration of League Two matches will hinge on the format adopted for the 2027 World Cup.

In the preceding League-2 edition from 2019 to 2023, Nepal secured third place with a miraculous run of 11 wins in the final 12 matches, thereby earning a spot in the World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe. This League Two cycle will also serve as a qualifying route for the upcoming 2027 World Cup.

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