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Oman gets green signal to host Tests

ICC has given Oman accreditation to host all three forms of international cricket – Tests, ODIs and T20Is.

Oman Cricket Academy. ©Peter Della Penna

 

Oman will be one of two countries to host Test matches. UAE has been hosting ‘home’ series for Pakistan for several years.

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Afghanistan are expected to use Oman Cricket Academy in Al Amerat as their home venue for two-Test and three-T20I series against Zimbabwe next month. Although halt in Zimbabwean cricket has put the series in jeopardy.

Nonetheless Oman Cricket is elated to be given licence to host Test matches.

“This is a big news and a wonderful achievement for Oman Cricket. The New Year has started on such a promising note for the Sultanate. Apart from the UAE, Oman is the only other Associate nation to enjoy Test, ODI and T20I status. This is a very proud moment for us all,” said Oman Cricket secretary Madhu Jesrani.

“Oman Cricket is delighted to know that the Sultanate has become an accredited venue for Test matches, ODI and T20 Internationals. The credit must go to our chairman Kanak Khimji and the Board of Directors for guiding us all these years. This honour and achievement is a realisation of our chairman’s dream. Oman hosting Test matches and all forms of international cricket is a dream come true. This was his vision and we should all thank him for guiding us to the path,” said chief development officer and Oman coach Duleep Mendis.

Afghanistan had considered playing three-match ODI series against Ireland in Oman due to visa issues. However, the series was later confirmed it would be played in Abu Dhabi.

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