It is all to play for the in the final round of the ICC World Cricket League Championship as three teams are still in the mix to claim the last two qualification spots for the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018, the penultimate step to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
The Netherlands and Papua New Guinea are sitting first and second in the standings respectively, after securing qualification to the ICC CWCQ after round six. Third-placed Scotland (15 points) face fifth-placed Kenya (12 points), while Hong Kong, who are sitting in fourth position on 14 points, play second-placed PNG on 6 and 8 December. With two points for a win, each series holds utmost importance.
The team to finish fifth will join Canada, Namibia, Nepal, Oman and the United Arab Emirates in the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 from 8-15 February 2018 to battle it out for the two remaining ICC CWCQ places.
The winners of the ICC World Cricket League Championship will also claim the 13th spot in the ODI League, and the Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Scotland and Hong Kong are all still in a position to top the table.
As part of the ICC’s commitment to the growth of the game, the UAE versus Nepal match on 6 Decemberand the Kenya versus Scotland match on 8 December will be live streamed on the ICC website. There will be highlights packages available of all the remaining ICC World Cricket League Championships matches via the ICC social channels. Live scoring of all matches will be available via the ICC website.
The Netherlands captain, Peter Borren said: “Our team has never been better prepared. We have just had an intensive week of training in Pretoria. We have a strong and fit squad which is raring to go. The return of Ryan ten Doeschate is a huge boost for our team. He brings an incredible record and a lot of experience to the table. I am looking forward to welcoming him back into our changing room.
“It would mean a great deal to us as a group, and Netherlands cricket in general, were we to win the ICC World Cricket League Championship, and a great reward for a team which has worked hard and played very well over this three-year cycle.
“The opportunity to become the 13th team in the new ODI league would certainly be a watershed moment for cricket in the Netherlands.
“Namibia are a tough proposition. They are an experienced side, packed with explosive players. We will have to be at our very best to get a positive result.”
Papua New Guinea captain, Assad Vala said:“We have been training really hard after the Scotland series and preparations going into the last round are fantastic. Of course, there is a chance of finishing top but it’s beyond our control. All we need to do is prepare well and try win the last two games.”
Scotland captain, Kyle Coetzer said: “We are realistic that our chances of reaching the 13th ODI position are dependent on other results going our way. Our challenge is to tick the boxes we need to and make sure we have complete clarity and freedom to gain the wins we require against Kenya.
“Our preparation has gone well and guys have embraced the challenges of practicing outside in near minus conditions since arriving home from PNG. Arriving here in Dubai, we have managed to win two ODI’s on the bounce against PNG, which is a clear sign we are pushing our boundaries as a team. We relish the dangers that the Kenyan team will pose and we’re looking forward to two well-contested games.”
Hong Kong captain Babar Hayat said: “Preparation for round seven has gone well, all players are fit and fighting hard for places which is great for Hong Kong cricket. It really shows that we are developing as a group and our player pool is getting bigger, which it will need to be as our fixture list expands.”
Kenya captain Rakep Patel said: “Qualifying for the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier is the main goal. You take it one game at a time when the league starts but the bigger picture and the ultimate goal is qualifying. Going to the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier, and one further step away from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is the major goal. Everything done in this competition in the past three years is geared towards this and will be the ultimate reward.”
Hong Kong: Babar Hayat (captain), Mohammad Aizaz Khan, Kyle Mullins Christie, James Atkinson, Tanwir Afzal, Nizakat Khan Mohammad, Christopher Carter, Waqas Khan, Jhathavedh Sankrithi Subramanyan, Anshuman Rath, Shahid Wasif, Tanveer Ahmed, Ehsan Khan, Ehsan Nawaz
Kenya: Rakep Patel (captain), Collins Obuya, Gurdeep Bhagat, Dhiren Gondaria, Irfan Karim, Nelson Odhiambo, Shem Ngoche, Pushpak Kerai, Nehemiah Ngoche, Emmanuel Ringera, Lucas Ndandason, Rushabhvardhan Patel, Alex Auma, Peter Langat
Namibia: Sarel Burger (captain), Stephan Julian Baard, Zane Green, Johannes Smit, Bernhard Scholtz, Karl Birkenstock, Jean-Pierre Kotze, Craig George Williams, Danie van Schoor, Jan Frylinck, Colin James Peake, Louis van der Westhuisen, Tangeni Lungameni, Merwe Gerhard Erasmus
Nepal: Paras Khadka (captain), Gyanendra Malla, Sharad Vesawkar, Basant Regmi, Shakti Prasad, Binod Bhandari, Sagar Pun, Dipendra Singh Airee, Sandeep Lamichhane, Sompal Kami, Karan KC, Lalit Bhandari, Md. Arif Sheikh, Dilap Nath
The Netherlands: Peter Borren (captain), Wesley Barresi, Ben Cooper, Scott Edwards, Vivian Kingma, Stephan Myburgh, Maxwell O'Dowd, Pieter Seelaar, Shane Snater, Ryan ten Doeschate, Timm van der Gugten, Roelof van der Merwe, Paul van Meekeren, Sikander Zulfiqar
Papau New Guinea: Assad Vala (captain), Lega Siaka, Mahuru Dia, Tony Ura, Dogodo Bau, Sese Bau, Kipling Doriga, Jack Vare, John Reva, Norman Vanua, Nosaina Pokana, Alei Nao, Damien Ravu, Chad Soper
Scotland: Kyle Coetzer (captain), Richard Berrington, Matthew Cross, Michael English, Alasdair Evans, Safyaan Sharif, Michael Leask, Calum MacLeod, Mark Watt, George Munsey, Craig Wallace, Mitchell Rao, Christopher Sole, Stuart Whittingham
United Arab Emirates: Rohan Mustafa (captain), Amjad Javed, Shaiman Anwar, Rameez Shahzad, Muhammad Usman, Adnan Mufti, Ghulam Shabbir, Ahmed Raza, Muhammad Naveed, Imran Haider, Qadeer Ahmed, Muhammad Boota, Zahoor Khan, Muhammad Ashfaq Ahmed
06 December 2017 – Kenya v Scotland, Dubai International Cricket Stadium - Nigel Duguid and Tabarak Dar (on-field), Roland Black (third umpire), Graeme Labrooy (match referee)
06 December 2017 – UAE v Nepal, Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi - Ahsan Raza and David Odhiambo (on-field) Allan Haggo (third umpire), Mohammad Anees (match referee)
06 December 2017 – Hong Kong v PNG, ICC Academy 1 - Saikat and Buddhi Pradhan (on-field), Huub Jansen (third umpire), Manu Nayar (match referee)
06 December 2017 – Netherlands v Namibia, ICC Academy 2- Nitin Menon and Alu Kapa (on-field), Ahmad Pakteen (third umpire), Akhtar Ahmad (match referee)
08 December 2017 – Kenya v Scotland, Dubai International Cricket Stadium - Nigel Duguid and Roland Black (on-field), Tabarak Dar (third umpire), Graeme Labrooy (match referee)
08 December 2017 – UAE v Nepal, Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi - Ahsan Raza and David Odhiambo (on-field) Allan Haggo (third umpire), Mohammad Anees (match referee)
08 December 2017 – Hong Kong v PNG, ICC Academy 1 - Saikat and Buddhi Pradhan (on-field), Huub Jansen (third umpire), Manu Nayar (match referee)
08 December 2017 – Netherlands v Namibia, ICC Academy 2- Nitin Menon and Alu Kapa (on-field), Ahmad Pakteen (third umpire), Akhtar Ahmad (match referee)
ICC World Cricket League Championship round 7 fixtures
UAE v Nepal, Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi – 6 and 8 December – 0930 local time
Kenya v Scotland, Dubai International Cricket Stadium – 6 and 8 December – 0930 local time
Hong Kong v PNG, ICC Academy Oval 1, Dubai - 6 and 8 December – 0930 local time
Netherlands v Namibia, ICC Academy Oval 2, Dubai - 6 and 8 December – 0930 local time