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ICC praise BCB for successful event

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has given Bermuda’s hosting of the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Division 3 tournament the proverbial thumbs up.

Praising all those who helped make the event a success, ICC president Alan Issac said: “I would like to thank Bermuda Cricket Board and the clubs that hosted the teams for doing a terrific job in staging these matches. There is a great deal of work that goes on behind the scenes, and the Board as well as all its volunteers should be congratulated for their efforts.

“Thanks also to the match officials, the dedicated ground staff and all the support staff of the competing teams, who have worked tirelessly to make this event a success. You can all reflect on a job well done.”

Isaac also congratulated Nepal and Uganda for qualifying for the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier to be held in New Zealand next January.

“Nepal and Uganda are now just one step away from playing in a World Cup,” he said.

“I’m sure they’ll quickly switch their focus and attention to the New Zealand qualifier, try to build on their successes in Bermuda, work harder and aim to arrive fresh, ready and fully trained so that they can challenge the other eight teams who will be equally focused and committed.”

Nepal were crowned Pepsi ICC WCL Division 3 champions after defeating Uganda by five wickets during Sunday’s final at the National Sports Centre (NSC).

“The final was played in the spirit of our great game, and was a wonderful spectacle of cricket for the fans here in Bermuda,” Isaac said. “The skillful, disciplined and exciting match was a testament to the continuously improving standard and depth of cricket in Associate and Affiliate countries.”

Hosts Bermuda and Americas rivals USA came up short in their bids to progress to next year’s 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup qualifiers in New Zealand but managed to retain their WCL Division 3 status after placing third and fourth respectively.

Both countries finished with six points at the completion of their five round robin matches with USA finishing ahead of Bermuda on net run rate.

Bermuda defeated USA by five wickets at the NSC on Saturday to retain their WCL Division 3 status but lost to their Americas rivals at Lords the following day by 30 runs in a third and fourth play-off.

Oman and Italy were both relegated to WCL Division 4 with the latter country failing to win a match during the recently concluded WCL Division 3.

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Published May 06, 2013 at 5:06 pm (Updated May 06, 2013 at 5:05 pm)

ICC praise BCB for successful event

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