ICC Intercontinental Cup May 17, 2011

UAE and Namibia join Intercontinental Cup

ESPNcricinfo staff

UAE and Namibia have been selected to join the top six Associate and Affiliate nations in the next edition of the Intercontinental Cup. They were picked based on their performances in World Cricket League Division Two, where they finished in the top four, and take the first-class tournament back to its previous structure of eight teams.

Afghanistan, the defending champions, Ireland, Scotland, Kenya, Canada and Netherlands are the top six sides involved in the event which will run over a 28-month time frame from June 2011 until October 2013. Afghanistan begin the defence of their title with an away fixture against Canada.

The expanded Intercontinental Cup means an end to the Shield tournament which was introduced last season to try and provide a pathway for other emerging teams. However, the development committee decided the best structure was to expand the main tournament. The committee also announced the introduction of a 50-over tournament to run alongside the Intercontinental Cup.

The winners of the four-day tournament will receive $100,000 with $40,000 for second place from a total prize fund of $254,000. Ireland are the most successful side in the tournament's history having secured a hat-trick of titles from 2005 to 2007-08.

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  • Dummy4 on May 20, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    Ireland are too good for this tournament, though the more game time, the better I guess

  • Dummy4 on May 20, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    $40 000 is less than the $50 000 fine for Mr Warne :) I dont understand ICC Mathematics same like I never understand D/L method till the results declared by D/L itself. Team have to score more run even the bat first scored less. ICC should hired mathematician first

  • Dummy4 on May 19, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    All the Best Afghanistan....ALL eyes on you and All best wishes for you.....

  • Cricket Fan on May 18, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    Yes, there should be a big 20/20 Tournament. It will help them to play in World cup

  • Andrew on May 18, 2011, 3:04 GMT

    @Jashanpreet - I wonder why they couldn't add a 20/20 as well? When say Scotland play Kenya, there should be a 20/20 then ODI, then the Shield match. It is important that Associates play the 20/20 format as there will be an expanded T20 W/Cup soon.

  • Dummy4 on May 17, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    UAE & Namibia are the obvious choice since they were the finalists for Inter Continental Shield and then Finalists of Div 2. ICC should not quickly come out with the complete schedule of the IC cup

    Also an ODI tournament along with the IC cup is also a good move. It gives good exposure in both forms of the game. Best of luck. This time I would be following the tournament closely.

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