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Cricket news - Debut ODIs for Kathmandu, Muscat and Raleigh NC in CWCL 2

The ODIs in Kathmandu are expected to bring in the masses, especially if the hosts are playing

Kathmandu, Muscat and Raleigh, North Carolina are set to become the latest cities to host official ODI matches according to the schedule for Cricket World Cup League 2, which was confirmed today. The seven-team league, which will comprise the second tier of international fifty-over competition and forms a part of the ICC's new qualification structure for the 2023 World Cup, will see Scotland, the UAE, Nepal, Namibia, Oman, Papua New Guinea and the United States contest 36 ODIs each over the course of the 30-month league, structured as a succession of trilateral ODI series.

The top three sides from the competition will secure direct qualification for the global World Cup Qualifier, joining the bottom five teams from the 13-team CWC Super League and two top two sides from the Qualifier Play-Off, a repechage tournament which will feature the bottom four sides from League 2 and the winners of the twin CWC Challenge Leagues. The winner of CWC League 2, which effectively replaces the old World Cricket League Championship, will reportedly also have a chance to gain promotion to the next CWC Super League by finishing above the 13th Super League finisher at the global WC Qualifier.

Each of the seven sides in League 2 recently gained or re-secured ODI status, either at the 2018 World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe in the case of Scotland, the UAE and Nepal, or at the recently-concluded World Cricket League Division 2 in Namibia. The final two matches of that tournament saw Wanderers CC and Affies Park (two neighbouring grounds in the capital, Windhoek) become the 202nd and 203rd grounds to host One Day Internationals, Wanderers hosting the tournament final where Namibia saw off ODI debutants Oman, whilst across the road at Affies Papua New Guinea bested the USA to claim third place.

Raleigh is set to become the 204th in September of this year when the USA host PNG and Namibia in the first of their six-match double-round robin trilaterals from the 7th to the 14th. Three weeks before that, PNG and Oman will be in Aberdeen to take on Scotland at Mannofield Park in the first ODIs at the ground since England played Scotland there some five years ago. Scotland and the USA will then travel to the Emirates for their series with the UAE, split across Dubai and Sharjah, before the Emirates join Namibia and hosts Oman for a series at Oman Cricket's new facility at Al Amerat.

By a distance the most anticipated fixtures, however, will be Nepal's first matches of the competition when they host Oman and the USA at the Tribhuvan University Ground at Kathmandu from the 5th through 13th of February next year. The games will likely be the first ODIs to be hosted in the country (assuming no bilaterals are scheduled there in the interim) and are certain to be played to a full house.

The TU Ground, located just outside the Nepali capital at Kiritpur, regularly sees five-figure attendances even for domestic T20 games, and will likely be packed to the capacity for Nepal's first home One Day Internationals.

Port Moresby will also see the return of international cricket, Amini Park down as the venue for PNG's first home series against Nepal and the USA in June of next year, whilst the venues for 14 of the 21 series have yet to be confirmed. Each of the seven sides can expect to host three home tri-series over the course of the competition, and tour for six more, giving a total of 36 ODIs per side and 126 matches in total over the course of the competition.

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