Nepal recorded three straight wins in ongoing ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Division Two in Namibia. The six nations tournament is the most crucial one for Nepalese cricket history. Top two teams from the tournament will have the greatest chance to reach another level of cricket. Host Namibia and Nepal are likely to finish in top two, So what changes will it bring to our cricket if we finish in top two? Here are those eight things that can change Nepalese cricket completely.
1 BUSY CALENDAR (HOME & AWAY) WITH QUALITY OPPONENTS
The top two finishers of ICC WCL Division 2 will join the six associate nations in division one who currently have ODI status to compete in the next edition of World Cricket League Championship 2015-17. The 8 teams will play 50 over matches in home & away format. It is also World Cup 2019 qualifier. Six nations in division one are ; Ireland, Afghanistan, Scotland, Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong and UAE.
2 AMONG THE BEST IN THE WORLD IN NON TEST CRICKETING WORLD
By the way, top two finishers of division two event will not get ODI status and will not officially join Division One. For the sake of saying, we can say they will be on division one but not officially. Matches in WCL Championship between teams with ODI status will be recorded as an ODI game whereas matches in which one or both the teams without ODI status will be recorded as a List A game. According to ICC only 6 associate nations have ODI status till 2019.
3 DOORS OPEN FOR WORLD CUP 2019
From the eight teams in WCL Championship, top two finishers will get direct qualification to World Cup 2019.
4 THE REAL CRICKET, 4-DAY CRICKET MATCHES
The top two finishers of of division two will also play four-day first class matches (home and away) in ICC Intercontinental Cup 2015-17. The tournament involves same 8 teams.
5 A DREAM TO BE A TEST NATION
The winner of the ICC Intercontinental Cup will play test match series known as ‘Test Challenge’ with the lowest ranked test nation. There will be four matches (two home and two aways). This will also be a pathway to get test status in future.
6 PLAYERS WILL TURN PROFESSIONALS + FINANCIAL SECURITY
Cricket calendar of the 2 teams finishing in div two will be really busy all over the year with WCL Championship, ICC Intercontinental Cup and other regional tournaments. The players will be getting handsome remuneration from ICC and will be mostly travelling for the away matches.
7 ACCOUNTABLE CRICKET ORGANISATION, STRONGER FINANCIALLY
The respective cricket organizations will be getting huge funding from the ICC and regional governing body.
8 THE BEST THING THAT CAN EVER HAPPEN
This will be the best thing that can happen to any associate country. We are very excited and hopeful to see NEPAL there. Possibly by 23rd of January. Fingers crossed.