ICC Intercontinental Cup

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The ICC Intercontinental Cup is a cricket tournament organised by the International Cricket Council as part of its cricket development program. It is designed to allow Associate Members of the ICC the chance to play first-class cricket matches against teams of similar skill in a competition environment and prepare them for eventual promotion to Test cricket status.

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Tournament history

2004

The inaugural ICC Intercontinental Cup was completed on 22 November 2004 when Scotland won the title in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Scotland beat Canada by an innings and 84 runs in the final.

The competition included 12 teams, divided by geographical region into four groups of three:

Africa:

Americas:

Asia:

Europe:

Each team plays the other two teams in its group once each. The top team in each group then progresses to the semi-finals, and the winners of those to the final.

In order to encourage competitive play and avoid deadlocks, a point system including bonus points is used:

  • Win: 14 points
  • Tie: 7 points
  • Draw or loss: 0 points
  • Batting bonus points: 0.5 points for each 25 runs scored in the first 90 overs of each innings, to a maximum of 6 points per innings.
  • Bowling bonus points: 0.5 points per wicket taken in each innings.

Canada, Scotland, United Arab Emirates and Kenya qualified for the semi-finals in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

2005

See also: 2005 ICC Intercontinental Cup

The tournament is being played for the second time in 2005. The teams and groupings are the same, except for Hong Kong coming in to replace Malaysia. The points system was also modified so that teams could score unlimited batting points in the first innings and a maximum of 4 points in the second innings.

External link

ICC Official site (http://www.icc-cricket.com/icc/events/intercontinental/)

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