OMN vs PNG Dream11 : Expansive ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 commences today as teams placed 14-20 in the fraternity get their campaign for a spot in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2022 underway today
Ever since the last couple of years, if there is one thing the International Cricket Council has been working on ardently and with humungous vigour, it’s been to make the game of cricket as expansive as possible. The governing council has roped out a slew of development programs and internationals to help increase the reach of the game to area untouched previously and make the sport reach out to a truly global stage.
And one such initiative taken by the body is the ICC Men’s Cricket World cup League 2, a marquee league spread out over a period of over two years, featuring teams ranked 14-20 in the cricketing arena. For Namibia, Nepal, Oman, PNG, Scotland, UAE and USA, the league is an incredible opportunity to play more cricket against sides of similar calibre and get a chance to showcase their skill set on the big stage.
More importantly what this league brings with it is the chance for three teams to seal their berth in the 2020 ICC World Cup Qualifiers, a process which will decide which of the lower ranked sides get to play in the frontier tournament slated to be held in 2023 in India. Each side will be playing nine rounds of cricket with each season seeing them contest in one tri-series at home and two away.
The format will see each side take part in a total of 36 matches, spread out evenly so as not to make the schedule to arduous in a bid to discover which of these upbringing countries have imbued in them players who know what it takes to succeed at the highest level.
ICC’s William Glenwright said when speaking about the league, “It is hugely exciting to see the first dates in the schedule for ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2. 126 ODIs over two and half years and three places in the Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier gives teams so much to play for through a schedule that provides teams with much more international cricket in fixed windows to allow for better preparation and planning.
The first of eight series announced see Oman and PNG facing off against each other today in a series which also includes Scotland. With Scotland the firm favourites to emerge as the winners from this, today’s match is a massive one for either side, a chance to amass two crucial points from the encounter.
Probable Playing 11
Khawar Ali, Jatinder Singh, Aqib Ilyas, Zeeshan Maqsood (c), Mohammad Nadeem, Suraj Kumar, Sandeep Goud, Khurram Nawaz, Fayyaz Butt, Kaleemullah, Bilal Khan
TP Ura, N Vanua, A Vala (c), CJA Amini, S Bau, L Siaka, H Hiri, D Ravu, K Doriga, CA Soper, N Pokana
OMN vs PNG Match Prediction
While both the sides still have plenty of work to do before they can be called as proper challengers for one of the qualification spots, they come into the fray of this encounter with some well versed players making up the composition of their squad. Along with both the sides being levelly matched, expect this to be a competitive and closely contested affair.
We are going to be going with Oman to win this match given the slightly more availability they have in their bowling unit.
ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2
Match: Oman Vs PNG
Date And Time: 14th August, Wednesday- 3:30pm IST
Venue: Mannofield CC, Aberdeen
Wicket-Keeper for OMN vs PNG Dream11
Having made 27 in the previous encounter his side played in, we have Suraj Kumar be selected as our side’s wicket-keeper for this encounter. His ability with the bat along with role with gloves see him become a good pick with his side bound to pick up wickets in this match, given PNG’s dwindling nature with the abt.
Batsmen for OMN vs PNG Dream11
Given that this is the first match of the series for either side and we are unsure of how they’ll face in a scenario of such pivotal importance, we have decided to head in with just the bare minimum of three bats. All our selections were done based on recent performances and position in the batting order, seeing us pick up Jatinder Singh and Khawar Ali from Oman.
These two have been scoring for the side in recent time, getting some good runs and can easily go onto add to those score today. Elsewhere from PNG we have opted for Lega Siaka after he ended up scoring 37 for his side the last time around they played.
All-Rounders for OMN vs PNG Dream11
Someone else who scored a good amount of runs in that match along with Siaka was Amini, getting 47 which see us pick him up as well. The one thing we have learnt in T20 encounters is to opt for specialist all-rounders with this facet being a potential quarry of points given the players’ ability to use their perusal of skills to contribute with both the bat and ball.
We have also picked up Vanua whose five wickets came at a mere economy of a little over 4, seeing his wicket to wicket line and length leave batsmen perturbed the last time he stepped out to the middle for his side. Elsewhere it’s the lone pick from the opposition with us selecting Zeeshan Maqsood.
Bowling Order for OMN vs PNG Dream11
Our bowling unit is spread out evenly, seeing us indulge in two bowlers each from either side. Given the tentative nature of both the batting line-ups along with the new ball misbehaving for the pacers, wicket will tumble by today with this holding the identity of a rich bagful of points.
The two wickets each in their last match sees us opt for the sublime services of Damien Ravu and Nosaini Pokana from PNG with these tow spearheads pivotal to their side’s chances of winning today. Elsewhere from the other side we gave gotten in Ahmed Fayyaz Butt who picked up two wickets as well along with Kaleemullah.
Captain And Vice-Captain
We have opted for Singh to be our side’s captain for this match while Amini is chosen as the vice-captain.
Dream 11 Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match, their performances in recent time, how the two teams have fared in the cricketing fraternity over the course of the last year, pitch report and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players who are expected to dole out the maximum points.