WCL Division 2 to kick off April 8
The ICC World Cricket League Division 2 (WCL Div 2) will feature six teams that will play each other once each, with the top two teams qualifying for the final. The tournament will be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, next month.
The six teams represent Uganda, Namibia, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bermuda, and will contest the league from April 8 to April 15. The top four sides will be eligible to receive dedicated ICC High Performance Grants, and two of the top four, as determined by the ICC Development Committee, will join the eight-team ICC Intercontinental Cup that will commence later in 2011.
The sides that finish fifth and sixth will be relegated to Pepsi ICC WCL Div. 3.
The games for the tournament will be spread across three grounds– Dubai Sports City Stadium (DSC) and the two ICC Global Cricket Academy Ovals (GCA 1 and 2) in Dubai Sports City.
April 8– UAE v Namibia (DSC Stadium); PNG v Bermuda (GCA 1); Uganda v Hong Kong (GCA 2) April 9 – Uganda v Namibia (DSC Stadium); Bermuda v Hong Kong (GCA 1); UAE v PNG (GCA 2) April 10 – Rest/Reserve Day April 11 – Bermuda v Uganda (DSC Stadium); UAE v Hong Kong (GCA 1); Namibia v PNG (GCA 2) April 12– Hong Kong v PNG (DSC Stadium); UAE v Uganda (GCA 1); Namibia v Bermuda (GCA 2) April 13 – Rest/Reserve Day April 14– UAE v Bermuda (DSC Stadium); Hong Kong v Namibia (GCA 1); PNG v Uganda (GCA 2) April 15 – Final (DSC Stadium); third/fourth play-off (GCA 1); fifth/sixth play-off (GCA 2)
Tariq Engineer is a former senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo