Oman team unchanged for Nepal ODI tri-series
Oman chief coach Duleep Mendis has reposed faith in the same group of players that took part in the tri-series at home recently as they head to Kathmandu, Nepal, for another tri-series in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League (WCL) 2. The tri-series involves hosts Nepal, US and Oman, and will be played from February 5-12.
Six of the seven teams have played eight matches so far. US leads the table with 12 points. They are followed by Scotland (9), Namibia (8) and Oman (8). Namibia is third on the basis of better net run-rate (NRR). UAE have seven while Papua New
Guinea have yet to open its account. Nepal will begin its campaign at home in the forthcoming series.
The tournament is the Road to India 2023 with the pathway to the ICC Cricket World Cup. It involves seven teams, 21 series, 126 ODIs over a period of two and half years, and began in Scotland in August 2019.
Each team will play a total of 36 ODIs with the three top teams confirming their place in the World Cup Qualifier 2022.
The bottom four teams will drop into the Cricket World Cup Qualifier Playoff 2022 - which is a repechage event to the global Qualifier- and will be joined by the winner of Challenge League A and B. The top two teams from the playoff will keep their hopes alive of participating in India 2023, by qualifying for the World Cup Qualifier 2022.
Nepal schedule: February 5: Nepal vs Oman, Feb 6: Oman vs US, Feb 8: Nepal vs US, Feb 9: Nepal vs Oman, Feb 11: Oman vs US, Feb 12: Nepal vs US.
Oman squad: Zeeshan Maqsood (captain), Aqib Ilyas (vice-capt), Jatinder Singh, Khawar Ali, Sanuth Ebrahim, Suraj Kumar, Naseem Khushi, Sandeep Goud, Mohammad Nadeem, Jay Odedra, Badal Singh, Fayyaz Butt, Kaleemullah, Bilal Khan. Officials: Chief coach: Duleep Mendis, assistant coach: Mazhar Saleem Khan, trainer: Everhardus Laubscher, video analyst: Zeeshan Siddiqui, physio: Sean Nowak, manager: Madhu Jesrani, chef de mission: Pankaj Khimji.
Oman cricketers during a training session at Amerat ahead of their visit to Nepal next month