By ICC Media Release
The International Cricket Council today confirmed the dates for the second round matches in the eight-team first-class ICC Intercontinental Cup 2011-13
Three matches will be played in September with Kenya travelling to Deventer to take on the Netherlands from 7 to 10 September, former champion Ireland will host Canada at Leinster Cricket Club in Dublin from 13 to 16 September while at the Wanderers Cricket Club in Windhoek, Scotland will go head to head with Namibia from 23 to 26 September.
Defending champion Afghanistan will take on the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at the Sharjah Stadium in Sharjah from 5 to 8 October in a match which will be Afghanistan's home fixture.
In addition to the ICC Intercontinental Cup fixtures, a 50-over competition is being played between the eight participating countries with two matches to be played alongside the ICC Intercontinental Cup tournament schedule. The 50-over matches between the six Associate teams currently with One-Day International status will be classed as ODIs.
About ICC Intercontinental Cup
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.
There will be a total of US$254,000 in prize money for the Associate and Affiliate teams taking part in the ICC Intercontinental Cup 2011-13 with US$100,000 for the winners and US$40,000 for the runners-up.
Teams finishing in third and fourth place with receive US$20,000 and US$10,000 respectively while 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 will include 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.
ICC INTERCONTINENTAL CUP 2011-2013 (second round)
7-10 Sept - Netherlands v Kenya, Salland CC, Deventer
13-16 Sept - Ireland v Canada, Leinster CC, Dublin
23-26 Sept - Namibia v Scotland, Wanderers CC, Windhoek
5-8 Oct - Afghanistan v UAE, Sharjah Stadium, UAE (Afghanistan's home fixture)
50-OVER SERIES (second round)
12 Sept - Netherlands v Kenya, Voorburg CC, The Hague
13 Sept - Netherlands v Kenya, Voorburg CC, The Hague
19 Sept - Ireland v Canada, Clontarf CC, Dublin
20 Sept - Ireland v Canada, Clontarf CC, Dublin
28 Sept - Namibia v Scotland, Wanderers CC, Windhoek
29 Sept - Namibia v Scotland, Wanderers CC, Windhoek
10 Oct - Afghanistan v UAE, Sharjah Stadium, UAE (Afghanistan's home fixture)
12 Oct - Afghanistan v UAE, Sharjah Stadium, UAE (Afghanistan's home fixture)
(Afghanistan and the UAE are also expected to play two T20Is. Details will be announced in due course).
ICC INTERCONTINENTAL CUP 2011-2013 (first round result/forthcoming matches)
21-24 June - Scotland v Netherlands, Citylets Manoofield, Aberdeeb. Match draw. Points - Scotland 7, Netherlands 7
28 June-1 July - Ireland v Namibia, Stormont, Belfast (postponed and decision to be made by the ICC in regard to possibility of playing in March 2012)
28-31 July - Kenya v UAE, Nairobi Gymkhana, Nairobi
2-5 August - Canada v Afghanistan, Maple Leaf CC, Toronto
50-OVER SERIES (first round result/forthcoming matches)
28 June - Scotland beat Netherlands by 15 runs
29 June - Scotland beat Netherlands by five wickets (D/L method)
4 July - Ireland beat Namibia by 26 runs
5 July - Ireland beat Namibia by eight wickets
25 July - Kenya v UAE, Nairobi Gymkhana, Nairobi
26 July - Kenya v UAE, Nairobi Gymkhana, Nairobi
7 August - Canada v Afghanistan, Maple Leaf CC, Toronto
9 August - Canada v Afghanistan, SCCC, Toronto
(Canada and Afghanistan will be joined by Trinidad in a Twenty20 tournament which will be played at SCCC in Toronto on 11 and 12 August. Matches between Canada and Afghanistan will be classified as official T20Is).