Cricket is continuing to expand its horizon as two new teams have achieved ODI status after the United States of America did so earlier this week. Namibia and Papua New Guinea have become the entrants into the list of countries with ICC ODI status.
Namibia beat Hong Kong by 151 runs and Papua New Guinea beat the already-qualified Oman by 145 runs to reclaim their ODI status on Friday and a place in ICC Cricket World Cup League 2.
Namibia and PNG join Oman, USA, Scotland, Nepal and the UAE in League 2, where they will play 36 ODIs each over a two-and-a-half year period on the road to Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.
“It means careers, it means spreading the game around the country. We can't put in words the effect this could have. In other countries like the USA, it could be massive. More cricketers will be exposed to high levels, better infrastructure,” Gerhard Erasmus, Namibia skipper said.