USA, Oman secure ODI status

DUBAI: Oman and USA on Wednesday both sealed one-day international status for the first after an eventful day in the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 event in Namibia.

There will be 20 ODI nations after the end of the tournament, with the top four sides to join Scotland, the United Arab Emirates, Nepal and the Netherlands in having temporary status, where they will play 36 ODIs each over a two-and-a-half year period on the road to Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.

Oman stayed perfect in ICC World Cricket League Division 2 action after a dramatic four-wicket win over hosts Namibia. USA have now confirmed their berth in League 2 after downing Hong Kong.

Oman’s passage to ODI status and more competitive cricket had already been confirmed earlier in the day when Canada downed Papua New Guinea, but they finished the job in style anyway as Sandeep Goud’s unbeaten half-century saw off Namibia.

Defeat for the home nation in Windhoek means they must wait to secure their spot in the battle to qualify for ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2.

USA Coach Pubudu Dassanayake said: “As a team we have worked really hard for the last two and half years and we have targeted this tournament. The boys are feeling great, it is a big achievement as the USA have never been to this level before and we are very happy to be in (ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup) League 2. Moving forward playing competitive ODI cricket for the next 2 and half years is another level, bringing the team to this will require more hard work. We are going to press hard in the next game, we want to win the tournament and be the best team leaving Namibia.”