I am surprised that nobody cared to start a thread for this and it starts tomorrow Now, as I tend to support minnows, so I am staring this thread.
Heres the schedule -
Date Match Venue
23 - 26 Mar 2006 Challenge Match: Namibia v Nepal Namibia
29th Mar - 1st Apr 2006 Kenya v Netherlands Kenya
11 - 14 May 2006 Scotland v Namibia/Nepal Scotland
18 - 21 May 2006 Ireland v Namibia/Nepal Ireland
29 July - 1 Aug 2006 Canada v Kenya Canada
12 - 15 Aug 2006 Canada v Bermuda Canada
17 - 20 Aug 2006 Scotland v Ireland Scotland
9 - 12 Nov 2006 Kenya v Bermuda Kenya
21 - 24 Nov 2006 Netherlands v Bermuda South Africa
5 - 8 Dec 2006 Netherlands v Canada South Africa
31 Jan - 3 Feb 2007 UAE v Scotland Shahjah UAE
9 - 12 Feb 2007 UAE v Ireland Abu Dhabi UAE
tba UAE v Namibia / Nepal Namibia/Nepal
tba Final tba
Its good that the Inter-continental cup has taken a global format than a regional format and now the 2 best teams will fight it out in the final. In the regional format, it made the European group tougher with 3 top non-test teams playing. Now, it will be played in a more even format. Best of all, the Inter-continental cup will have 4-day matches this year as opposed to 3-day matches in the earlier tournaments.
The Inter-continental cup, starts with a play-off match between Namibia and Nepal tomorrow and the winner of this match, gets to be in the 8 teams which play in the Inter-continental cup 2006. Nepal, have a strong u-19 team which won the Plates beating New Zealand and South Africa and nearly beat Zimbabwe before losing in a thrilling last over by just 2 runs. Also, they came close to beat England as well, but lost their way in the middle. Nepals senior team hasnt been too bad and they thrashed UAE last year in the Inter-continental cup and got a ranking which helped them to qualify for the play-off for this years Inter-continental cup.
Namibia, were one of the teams who played the 2003 World cup and missed out on 2007 World cup qualification due to a loss to UAE in the play-offs. Their u-19 team, threw a disappointing performance in the u-19 world cup as well.