Fixtures released for first Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 8
Wed, Sep 29, 2010 4:34 PM
Teams from eight nations spanning five continents prepare to meet in November as the truly global nature of international cricket is illustrated once again, this time with the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 8 (WCL Div. 8).
Teams from Suriname, Vanuatu, Bhutan, Gibraltar, Germany, Zambia and the Bahamas will join host Kuwait for the first ever WCL Div. 8. The top two sides at WCL Div. 8, which will be played from 6 to 12 November, will win promotion to the WCL Div. 7 to be staged in Botswana in May 2011.
The matches will be hosted on four grounds in Kuwait, Hubara, Unity, KEC and Sulaibiya.
WCL Div. 8 features eight sides rather than the usual six for WCL and thus the tournament is being played in a format with two groups of four. The point system will be as follows in the group stages: two points for a win, one point for a tie and zero for a loss.
The sixth day of the event will see play-offs between the groups after the final group standings have been completed on day four. The WCL Div. 8 final and position play-offs will then take place on 12 November.
The full schedule for WCL Div. 8 is as follows:
Suriname, Kuwait, Vanuatu and Bhutan
Gibraltar, Germany, Zambia and Bahamas
4 November – Team arrivals
5 November – Practice
6 November – Germany v Zambia (Hubara); Bahamas v Gibraltar (Unity), Vanuatu v Bhutan (KEC); Suriname v Kuwait (Sulaibiya)
7 November – Vanuatu v Kuwait (Hubara); Bhutan v Suriname (Unity); Gibraltar v Germany (KEC); Bahamas v Zambia (Sulaibiya)
8 November – Rest/Reserve Day
9 November – Gibraltar v Zambia (Hubara); Bahamas v Germany (Unity); Vanuatu v Suriname (KEC); Bhutan v Kuwait (Sulaibiya)
10 November – Rest/Reserve Day
11 November – A3 v B4 (Hubara); B3 v A4 (Unity); A1 v B2 (KEC); B1 v A2 (Sulaibiya)
12 November – Final (Hubara); third/fourth play-off (Unity); fifth/sixth play-off (KEC); seventh/eighth play-off (Sulaibiya).