The sextet for the 2017 ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Division Three is complete after USA and Oman joined the party due in Kampala early next year.
The Americans and Omanis are the final inclusions after the pair took the top two coveted positions at the ICC WCL Division Four tournament, which climaxed at the weekend in Los Angeles.
Oman, led by coach Duleep Mendis, a former Sri Lanka captain, had topped the round-robin group with four wins out of five. They beat Jersey, Bermuda, Denmark and Italy but lost to hosts USA by eight wickets.
Regardless, they topped the pool with eight points, Americans finishing two points behind in second place.
A Pubudu Dassanyanke-tutored USA capitalised on home advantage to beat Oman in the play-off final by 13 runs and win the showpiece at the Severn Field, Leo Magnus Cricket Complex on Saturday. Jersey and Italy were relegated back to the ICC WCL Division Five.
USA and Oman join host nation Uganda, Canada, Malaysia and Singapore for the WCL Division Three showpiece set to be held at Lugogo, Kyambogo and Entebbe Oval at a date yet to be communicated by ICC.
It means all sides except Nepal and Bermuda, which took part in the WCL Division Three edition in Malaysia two years ago, have stagnated here. The new faces are Canada and Bermuda.
The 2011 World Cup finalists Canada have fallen from the WCL Division Two rank while fourth place in USA ensured Bermuda remain the WCL Division Four.
2017 ICC WORLD CRICKET LEAGUE - DIVISION III
Uganda: 5th 2015 ICC WCL Division Two
Canada: 6th 2015 ICC WCL Division Two
Malaysia: 3rd 2014 ICC WCL Division Three
Singapore: 4th 2014 ICC WCL Division Three
USA: 1st 2016 ICC WCL Division Four
Oman: 2nd 2016 ICC WCL Division Four
THE UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS
Nov. 18-27: Takashinga-Kenya Tour Series
Feb – June 2017: ICC WCL Division III
By DARREN ALLAN KYEYUNE