Oman will be hosting a quadrangular series in early February with Ireland, Scotland and Netherlands being the other three participants. The tournament will be a milestone for Oman Cricket as the Quadrangular Series will be the first T20I series to played in the country while Ireland will also become the first Full Member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) to play matches in Oman.
All the four teams playing in the Quadrangular series had previously participated in the opening round of the 2016 World T20 in India, during which Oman recorded a famous victory over Ireland.
As a result of their appearance in India, all four countries have been exempted from participating in the regional qualifying process leading into the 2020 World T20 in Australia and instead have been fast tracked into the global qualifiers. The Quadrangular Series will be vital in the lead up to the qualifiers for each of the nations and will provide them with essential playing opportunities.
Oman and Ireland played previously at the 2016 World T20 as the match was won by Oman. The Asian nation were also supposed to play against Netherlands in the tournament, but the match was washed out.
The main turf ground is also equipped with stadium floodlights. Such infrastructure may provide a good simulation exercise for conditions at the global qualifier later in October as well as for the 2020 World T20 in Australia.
On the other hand, the three European nations staged a T20I tri-series held in the Netherlands last June, which Scotland won after sweeping both matches against Netherlands and tying Ireland once to end on five points.
That was Scotland's last T20I series whereas the Netherlands have played a one-off T20I against Nepal in July last year at the Lord’s which ended in no result while Ireland lost a three-match series at home to Afghanistan in August last year.
The series begins on 13th February and will wrap up by the 17th of the same month.
A total of six matches will be played in the Quadrangular T20I series. Two matches will be played on each match day, with a day of rest between each match day. Ireland will also have the privilege of two warm-up matches prior to the series against a Developmental Oman XI side.
The first match of the day will begin from 10:00 AM local time, while the second match will be played from 14:00 PM local time.
The series will be played at the Oman Cricket Academy in Al Amerat. The Academy was recently opened on 5th November 2018 and was endowed by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos. The facility has two separate grounds that allow matches to be played simultaneously.