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Associate nations prepare to vie for promotion in World Cricket League Division Two

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Namibia have a strong nucleus that has been developed over several years

The top six cricketing nations currently without ODI status will compete in the ICC World Cricket League Division Two in Namibia from 17th January, with the tournament final to be played at Wanderers on 24th January. The two teams that reach the final will progress to the ICC Intercontinental Cup 2015-17 – a four-day, first class competition for Associate and Affiliate Members; and the 50-over Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Championship.

Following ICC’s recent decision to “break the glass ceiling” and allow the winner of the ICC Intercontinental Cup the opportunity to play Test cricket, the 2015 WCL has greater significance than previous editions of this tournament. Like previous editions however, the WCL is also a qualification pathway to the 2019 World Cup.

Hosts Namibia are being considered as one of the favourites, after having being Intercontinental Cup runners-up in 2008, and falling to fifth place in the 2013 edition. Netherlands and reigning Division Three champions Nepal are being considered as the other favourites.

Kenya, Canada and Uganda are the other teams in the 8-day tournament.

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