The winners of the ICC Intercontinental Cup will qualify for the ICC Test Challenge, which will be played against the 10th-ranked Test side on a home and away basis in 2018
Ireland is undefeated in the Intercontinental Cup with a maximum of 40 points from its victories over UAE and Namibia after round two of seven. They stand 14 points clear of the Netherlands in second place, with Afghanistan five points back in third place on 21 points. Hong Kong will face Scotland, while UAE play host to the Netherlands (21-24 January) before leaders Ireland travel to face Papua New Guinea in round three of the tournament in Townsville, Australia (31 January – 3 February).
The winners of the ICC Intercontinental Cup will qualify for the ICC Test Challenge, which will be played against the 10th-ranked Test side on a home and away basis in 2018. If the ICC Intercontinental Cup winner wins the four-match ICC Test Challenge, then it will secure Test status until the next edition, which will take place in 2022.
Meanwhile, there is a four-way tie at the top of the ICC World Cricket League Championship between Hong Kong, Kenya, Netherlands and Scotland who are all on six points after four games. The top four sides of a total of eight participating in the competition will progress to the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier, which will be held in Bangladesh in 2018.
Live scoring will be available for all matches on www.icc-cricket.com and there will also be match reports from each of the ICC Intercontinental Cup / World Cricket League Championship matches.
Third round matches:
Hong Kong v Scotland
21-24 January 2016 – Four-day ICC Intercontinental Cup, Mission Road
26 and 28 January – ICC World Cricket League Championship, Mission Road
UAE v Netherlands
21-24 January - Four-day ICC Intercontinental Cup, Abu Dhabi
27 and 29 January - ICC World Cricket League Championship, Abu Dhabi
Papua New Guinea v Ireland
31 January – 3 February – Four-day ICC Intercontinental Cup, Tony Ireland Stadium, Townsville
Afghanistan v Namibia
10-13 April – Four-day ICC Intercontinental Cup, tbc
Nepal v Namibia
16 and 18 April – ICC World Cricket League Championship, University Ground, Kathmandu (subjection to infrastructure/security assessment/approval)
Papua New Guinea v Kenya
April / May tbc - ICC World Cricket League Championship
Intercontinental Cup table:
ICC World Cricket League Championship table: