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Online video coverage of the Intercontinental Cup final between Afghanistan and Scotland in Dubai is to be streamed live in a joint initiative between the ICC and Cricket Scotland. The match, being staged at the Dubai International Stadium in Dubai Sports City from December 2, is a five-day game and the culmination of the premier two-year first class competition among the leading ICC Associate and Affiliate nations.
The coverage, which will be presented in an informal manner, is being produced through the Livestream website using a channel set up by Cricket Scotland and can be viewed here. Highlights of each day's play will also be available on the official ICC website.
"Even with basic resources, it is quite remarkable what can be achieved through the internet these days," said Scotland-based producer Mike Stanger. "Our three-camera live coverage will not constitute a fully fledged outdoor broadcast of professional origin, but our production team includes cricket fans with professional broadcasting experience.
"We will be working hard to convey the progress of the match in a manner that can be appreciated by the many thousands of followers of both Scotland and Afghanistan cricket who cannot be there in the flesh."
"This is a fantastic chance for fans of Afghanistan and Scotland, as well as all those associated with Associate and Affiliate cricket, to see live action from the Intercontinental Cup final," added ICC Global Development Manager Matthew Kennedy. "We're grateful to be able to work alongside one of our Associate Members, in this case Cricket Scotland, in order to provide this service to fans of the game."
The hours of play in Dubai will be from 0930 to 1630 each day (0530 to 1230 GMT), and coverage of the game will start about half an hour before play begins and continue until approximately half an hour after the close of play. Recordings of each of the three sessions of play each day will be available from the Livestream channel to view in full as VoD (Video on Demand) services at any time as well as on the ICC's website.
The Intercontinental Shield final, between United Arab Emirates and Namibia, is also scheduled to be played from December 2 to 5 at the ICC Global Cricket Academy in Dubai Sports City.
ICC Intercontinental Cup squads Afghanistan: Mohammed Nabi (capt), Nawroz Mangal, Karim Sadiq, Asghar Stanikzai, Hamid Hassan, Samiullah Shinwari, Shapoor Zadran, Shabir Noori, Shehzad Mohammadi, Aftab Alam, Batin Shah, Abdullah Mazari, Mirwais Ashraf, Mohammed Sami Agha, Afzar Zazai, Najeeb Zadran, Gulbodin Naib, Khaliq Dad Noori
Scotland: Gordon Drummond (capt), Kyle Coetzer, Neil McCallum, Richard Berrington, Majid Haq, David Watts, Simon Smith, Gordon Goudie, Ross Lyons, Preston Mommsen, Matthew Parker, Gregor Maiden, Ryan Flannigan, Stuart Chalmers
ICC Intercontinental Shield squads Namibia: Craig Williams (capt), Raymond van Schoor, Ewald Steenkamp, Sarel Burger, Gerrie Snyman, Louis Burger, Bjorn Kotze, Tobias Verwey, Kola Burger, Louis Klazinga, Bernhard Scholz, Louis van der Westhuizen, Nicolaas Scholtz, Chris Viljoen (TBC)
United Arab Emirates: Khurram Khan (captain), Mohammed Touqir, Abdul Rehman, Arshad Ali, Ahmed Raza, Saqib Ali, Amjad Ali, Swapnil Patil, Naeemuddin Aslam, Qassim Zubair, Amjad Javed, Shoaib Sarwar, Shaiman Anwar, Aamer Ali, Nizel Fernandez, Arfan Haider, Riyaz Khaliq, Manjula Guruge
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