Dubai: ICC chairman N Srinivasan on Friday congratulated Nepal and Uganda for qualifying for World Cricket League Division 2, which will be played in Namibia from January 17 to 24 next year.
Nepal and Uganda sealed their progression after reaching the final of ICC World Cricket League Division 3 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Thursday. In the final, Nepal defeated Uganda by 62 runs and the two sides will now join host Namibia, Canada, Kenya and the Netherlands in WCL Div.2.
Srinivasan said: "The two finalists competed consistently over the past week, and deserve to be promoted. Their performances demonstrate the strong standard and depth of cricket in Associate and Affiliate countries, and I congratulate both teams on their achievements.
"Nepal and Uganda now progress to Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 2, which is the final step in the qualification pathway to the ICC Intercontinental Cup, as well as the 50-over Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Championship.
Following the recent decision to provide Associate and Affiliate Members a clear pathway to Test cricket through the ICC Intercontinental Cup, these two teams are taking the next step on that pathway towards Test cricket, and I wish them well," he said.
Srinivasan also thanked the tournament organisers and the venues for staging a successful tournament.
"I would like to thank the Malaysian Cricket Association, the venues and all the staff and volunteers for their role in organizing this important ICC event," he said.