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Dates for first round of ICC Intercontinental Cup 2011-13 released

The first and second place teams will go on to play in the Intercontinental Cup final at the end of 2013

Dates for first round of ICC Intercontinental Cup 2011-13 released
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Netherlands will begin the Intercontinental Cup 2011-13 season in a match against Scotland.
The International Cricket Council today announced the dates the for the first round of fixtures for the ICC Intercontinental Cup 2011-13 which features teams from Afghanistan, Canada, Ireland, Kenya, Netherlands, Namibia, Scotland and United Arab Emirates (UAE). The teams that finish the competition in first and second place will go on to play in the Intercontinental Cup final scheduled to be played at the end of 2013.

Dates for ICC Intercontinental Cup first round fixtures:

21-24 Jun – Scotland v Netherlands, Aberdeen

28 Jun-1 Jul – Ireland v Namibia, Stormont

28-31 Jul – Kenya v UAE, venue to be confirmed by host board

2-5 Aug – Canada v Afghanistan, Maple Leaf CC

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. The first round fixtures for these matches are listed below.

Dates for 50-over matches

28 and 29 Jun – Scotland v Netherlands, Aberdeen

4 and 5 Jul – Ireland v Namibia, Stormont

25 and 26 Jul – Kenya v UAE, venue to be confirmed by host board

7 and 9 Aug – Canada v Afghanistan, Toronto SCCC

Dates for the second round of matches will be released in due course.

The fixtures and windows for each round of the ICC Intercontinental Cup 2011-13 are as follows: 
 
Round/Window Home Away
Round 1 (Jun/Jul 2011) Ireland Namibia
  Scotland Netherlands
  Kenya UAE
  Canada Afghanistan
Round 2 (Sep/Oct 2011) Ireland Canada
  Namibia Scotland
  Netherlands Kenya
  Afghanistan UAE
Round 3 (Mar/Apr 2012) Afghanistan Netherlands
  UAE Scotland
  Kenya Ireland
  Namibia  Canada
Round 4 (Jun/Jul 2012) Ireland Afghanistan
  Kenya Namibia
  Scotland Canada
  Netherlands UAE
Round 5 (Mar/Apr 2013) Kenya Canada
  Namibia Netherlands
  UAE Ireland
  Afghanistan Scotland
Round 6 (Jul/Aug 2013) Canada UAE
  Scotland Kenya
  Netherlands Ireland
Round 7 (Sep/Oct 2013) Namibia Scotland
  Afghanistan Kenya
  Canada Netherlands
  UAE  



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.

Go to www.icc-cricket.com to find out more.

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