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Ireland take on UAE, Afghanistan host Scotland

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November 21, 2012

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Ireland get together after a wicket, Ireland v Afghanistan, Intercontinental Cup, Dublin, 4th day, July 12
Ireland's players celebrate a wicket during their Intercontinental Cup fixture against Afghanistan © ICC/Rob O’Connor
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The latest round of Intercontinental Cup and WCL Championship fixtures has been announced by the ICC, with matches between UAE and Ireland, Afghanistan and Scotland, Kenya and Canada, and Namibia and Netherlands scheduled for March and April 2013.

Ireland are top of both tables and will take on UAE in Sharjah in the four-day Intercontinental Cup, followed by two 50-over WCL matches. A proposed Twenty20 match is also under consideration. Scotland and Afghanistan, second and third respectively in the Intercontinental Cup standings, will also play in Sharjah at the start of March, with two T20 internationals set to precede the four-day and 50-over fixtures.

Scotland are also second in the WCL Championship, two points behind Ireland. The top two teams at the end of the competition will qualify automatically for the 2015 World Cup in Australia.

Netherlands, just a point behind Scotland in third, will travel to Windhoek in April for their round of matches against Namibia. Canada, who prop up the table in both competitions, are due to play Kenya at the ICC's Global Cricket Academy in Dubai.

Fixtures

Afghanistan v Scotland
March 3 - T20I, Sharjah
March 4 - T20I, Sharjah
March 6 - WCL Championship, ODI, Sharjah
March 8 - WCL Championship, ODI, Sharjah
March 12-15 - ICC Intercontinental Cup, Abu Dhabi

UAE v Ireland
March 12-15 - ICC Intercontinental Cup, Sharjah
March 18 - WCL Championship, 50-over, Sharjah
March 20 - WCL Championship, 50-over, Sharjah
March 21 - T20, Sharjah (TBC)

Kenya v Canada
March 14-17 - ICC Intercontinental Cup, ICC Global Cricket Academy, Dubai
March 19 - WCL Championship, ODI, ICC Global Cricket Academy, Dubai
March 21 - WCL Championship, ODI, ICC Global Cricket Academy, Dubai
March 23 - T20I, ICC Global Cricket Academy, Dubai
March 24 - T20I, ICC Global Cricket Academy, Dubai

Namibia v Netherlands
April 11-14 - ICC Intercontinental Cup, Wanderers, Windhoek
April 16 - WCL Championship, 50-over, Wanderers, Windhoek
April 18 - WCL Championship, 50-over, Wanderers, Windhoek
April 20 - T20, Wanderers, Windhoek
April 21 - T20, Wanderers, Windhoek

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Posted by   on (November 21, 2012, 19:24 GMT)

these games are very crucial for Afghanistan

Posted by   on (November 21, 2012, 14:11 GMT)

I totally agree with The_Ashes- The major nations should start inviting them to take part in round robin ODIs when major test teams tour. For example, next summer it would be good if when New Zealand and Australia are over in England there was some kind of four way knockout tournamet - with one of Ireland, Scotland and Netherlands invited to play.

I also think that when the test teams tour, they should play some first class games against the associate nations too : the counties could host them (probably bigger attendances), and the games would be more meaningful (no 2nd XI players, national pride) and give a higher standard of cricket.

Both the suggestions would hopefully reduce the amount of "meaningless" games. Everyone who loves the game - Let's improve the sport and become more inclusive to World Cricket in a practical way!

Posted by   on (November 21, 2012, 14:09 GMT)

I hope Irish Cricket continues to rise one of my favourite teams.

Posted by The_Ashes on (November 21, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

These top associate teams need to play lots of limited overs games against full members especially the likes of Zimbabwe and Bangladesh so that they are developing. A team like Ireland are probably just as good as Bangladesh probably better than Zimbabwe going by way things stand in terms of progression and development.

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Tournament Results
Afghanistan v Ireland at Dubai (CA) - Dec 10-13, 2013
Ireland won by 122 runs
Afghanistan v Kenya at Dubai (CA) - Oct 6-8, 2013
Afghanistan won by 8 wickets
U.A.E. v Namibia at Sharjah - Sep 22-23, 2013
U.A.E. won by 9 wickets
Ireland v Scotland at Dublin - Sep 11-14, 2013
Ireland won by an innings and 44 runs
Canada v Netherlands at King City (SW) - Aug 22-24, 2013
Canada won by 8 wickets
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