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    *Official* ICC World Cricket League Division Three 2018

    What?
    The third tier of the ICCs 50 over cricket league. For the ones who aren’t that keen on Associate cricket, that’s the level directly below where Hong Kong and PNG play. The winners and the runners up of this tournament will join those two teams, as well as Namibia and Canada, in the last-ever WCL tournament next year in Namibia. The top four teams of that tournament will get to play along with Scotland, UAE and Nepal in the new second tier of ODI cricket, which will see seven Associate teams play regular ODI cricket across the world over 3 years starting 2019. In short, plenty of lives could be changed here.

    Who?

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    DENMARK: Hamid Shah (c), Saif Ahmad, Taranjit Bharaj, Anders Bülow, Nicolaj Damgaard, Abdul Hashmi, Jonas Henriksen, Mads Henriksen, Jino Jojo, Zahmeer Khan, Frederik Klokker, Basit Raja, Bashir Shah, Anique Uddin, Shangeev Thanikaithasan
    
    KENYA: Collins Obuya (captain), Dhiren Gondaria, Shem Ngoche, Rakep Patel, Irfan Karim, Alex Obanda, Pushpak Kerai, Gurdeep Singh, Emmanuel Bundi, Sachin Bhudia, Nelson Odhiambo, Nehemiah Odhiambo, Lucas Oluoch, Elijah Otieno
    
    OMAN: Zeeshan Maqsood (captain), Jatinder Singh, Aaqib Sulehri, Suraj Kumar, Khawar Ali, Muhammad Nadeem, Mehran Khan, Jay Odedra, Bilal Khan, Ahmad Butt, Kaleemullah Mahmood, Sufyan Mohammed, Baadal Singh, Nester Dhamba
    
    SINGAPORE: Chetan Suryawanshi (captain), Aahan Gopinath Achar, Rezza Gaznavi, Amjad Mahboob, Anantha Krishna, Anish Edward Paraam, Aritra Dutta, Sidhant, Janak Prakash, Arjun Mutreja, Manpreet Singh, Karthik Subramanian, Rohan Rangarajan, Abhiraj Rajdeep Singh
    
    UGANDA: Brian Masaba (captain), Arnold Otwani, Dinesh Nakrani, Bilal Hassun, Roger Mukasa, Hamu Kayondo, Ronak Patel, Henry Ssenyondo, Frank Nsubuga, Charles Waiswa, Irfan Muhammad, Kenneth Waiswa, Deusdedit Muhumuza. Riazat Ali Shah
    
    USA: Saurabh Netravalkar (captain), Jaskaran Malhotra, Nisarg Patel, Steven Taylor, Alex Amsterdam, Jan Nisar Khan, Roy Silva, Monank Patel, Timil Patel, Aaron Jones, Hayden Walsh Jr., Elmore Hutchinson, Muhammad Ali Khan, Nosthush Kenjige
    Where?
    Oman! A lot of this tournament is about Oman trying to showcase itself as a cricketing nation as this will be the first time they host a major international event. And they have found the perfect way to inaugurate their new world class cricket academy which includes the two grounds where this will be held, which also happen to be the only two international standard cricket grounds in the country. I know that plenty of cricket fans scoff at teams full of expats, but I genuinely believe that Oman have a long term plan and reasonably deep pockets to fund it. They have steadily improved as a team over the last five years and although WCL events require three grounds to keep tournaments short and thus cheaper, they were so keen to host this tournament that they decided to share the costs with ICC to allow for a longer than usual tournament.
    They’re also ambitiously inviting Ireland for a tour early next year. If all these tournaments go well I wont be surprised if PCB come calling in a year or two, given that UAE is having an increasingly packed cricketing calendar, which leads to higher fees for renting out the grounds.

    When?
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    Friday, 9 November -  Oman v Kenya, OC Turf 1; Uganda v Denmark, OC Turf 2
    
    Saturday, 10 November - USA v Uganda, OC Turf 1; Oman v Singapore, OC Turf 2
    
    Monday, 12 November –  Kenya v USA, OC Turf 1; Denmark v Singapore, OC Turf 2
    
    Tuesday, 13 November – Oman v Denmark, OC Turf 1; Uganda v Kenya, OC Turf 2
    
    Thursday, 15 November – Singapore v Uganda, OC Turf 1; Denmark v USA, OC Turf 2
    
    Friday, 16 November – USA v Uganda, OC Turf 1; Kenya v Singapore, OC Turf 2
    
    Sunday, 18 November - Kenya v Denmark, OC Turf 1; Oman v Uganda OC Turf 2
    
    Monday, 19 November – Singapore v USA, OC Turf 1 
    
    All matches start at 9.30am local time.
    The good
    Having been the laughing stock of world cricket for years, there have been promising signs from the US over the last few months both on and off the field. They’ve finally got a new board of directors, got the better of Canada in the WT20 regional qualifiers and delivered a few encouraging performances in the Windies 50 over domestic tournament without their star bowler Ali Khan, who is starting to attract the interest of T20 franchises worldwide with his skiddy yorkers.
    They have also been boosted by the controversial addition of Hayden Walsh Jr. Whether they have enough quality to compete against the likes of Hong Kong remains to be seen but they’ll start as one of the favorites here.

    The bad
    Probably the only way one can watch this is by flying to Oman (or being there in the first place). Which is a shame because arguably one of the greatest one day matches of all times was played earlier this year at WCL 2 but frustratingly we didn’t get to see it. The ICC will have cameras at the ground for highlights but they’ve refused to show matches live so far (my theory is that because showing games live makes things more attractive to fixers, and they don’t have enough funds to have the same safety net here that they’d have at a World T20 - but that’s just a theory). However, a couple of matches of the recent WT20 regional qualifiers were streamed live, so maybe things are changing.

    The ugly
    Kenyan cricket has been plagued by administrative troubles and it seems like there’s something bizarre coming from them every week.

    However, even before the dust could settle on his withdrawal, David sent another mail addressed to the committee asking them to ignore the previous one, insisting that he drafted it to ‘confuse social media’. “Collins and Gerald are available for Oman. The earlier mail was to cause confusion on social media. I hope you are not making any changes to the team,” David said in a letter addressed to Tariq Iqbal, the acting chairman of the panel of selectors.
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    Excellent thread.

    The cameras at the ground are for training/development purposes. They feed out to a special software that records each ball, allows data to be entered for each delivery, and allows the teams' data analysts to break down player's performances. They are also used to evaluate umpiring quality, and for issues regarding player discipline on field and such.

    In order to get a live stream of this footage on the internet there will be additional logistics costs which the ICC isn't willing to bear. On top of that, they believe in broadcasting events to a certain standard, and that means stump mics, a commentary team, graphics overlays, replays and highlight packages...all of which costs $$$ and takes work, and unsurprisingly the Associate Cricket side of the ICC is quite short staffed.

    If Oman Cricket wishes to simply set up a camera at one point of the field and stream out the games with some basic text overlays and commentary (the way CHK did) that might be workable - but as mentioned, you probably need to get the ICC Anti Corruption Team at the event then, and that is additional cost and man power they probably can't afford (or at least don't want to).

    Would be great if this level of cricket could be broadcast, but seems extremely unlikely. At the most the media/marketing/promotion team will try to pull out the footage of a dramatic finish or some accomplishment and share that out on their website and social media after the game.
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    C'mon Kenya!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmy101 View Post
    C'mon Kenya!
    I hope they have been able to show up. Last I heard there were sweating over one half of the interim committee freezing the boards accounts.
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    Dang. Doesn't sound good does it, andruid? Sometimes, when it comes to Kenya, I just like to hide my head in the sand and pretend it's 2003 again :-(

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    Collins Obuya still floating around

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmy101 View Post
    Dang. Doesn't sound good does it, andruid? Sometimes, when it comes to Kenya, I just like to hide my head in the sand and pretend it's 2003 again :-(
    The ex chairwoman showed up and bought the team plane tickests, and paid allowances

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    Collins Obuya still floating around
    Yep he may or may not be captaining the team to this tournament
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    Obuya is not traveling to Oman!! https://www.nation.co.ke/sports/cric...bac/index.html



    Denmark played a couple of matches against a UAE side without the Pokhara Premier League players - https://czarsportzauto.com/denmark-g...e-against-uae/

    The understandably got thrashed but Hamid Shah got a 90 against a solid bowling attack for Associate level. I dont expect them to qualify from here but almost all of these guys have learnt their game in Denmark, so you wonder where they could be with a couple of guys with FC experience in other countries?

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    I'm thinking either Oman or Uganda might take this one out.

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    Afridi taking Uganda far
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    Oh nice, Boom Boom's nephew!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmy101 View Post
    I'm thinking either Oman or Uganda might take this one out.
    Well they both won yesterday! USA are racking up a decent total against Uganda today, with Monank Patel carrying on from where he left in the Caribbean

    Oman's match yesterday was actually streamed live. One fixed camera, but so much better than nothing at all https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXk...U92vm5HQ-48c4g

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    We put up a decent fight against Oman imo. Good to see Janak amongst the wickets.

    Impressive win from USA.
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    Fair bit of controversy regarding Afridi's action Monank ton guides USA home after Afridi no-ball threat - ESPNcricinfo

    They have a rest day today (although I dont think it rains much in that part of the world) and tomorrow the US will play Kenya, and Denmark will face Singapore. Very hard to see Denmark or Singapore go through if they dont win tomorrow, given that they havent yet faced Oman or the US
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    Don't think it's right for umpires to do what they did w/regards to Afridi. If he's blatantly throwing, call it. If it's suspicious, report after the game. You shouldn't be telling the opposing team captain that you will call a noball if he bowls again

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