The Oman cricket team has joined USA in attaining ODI status on Wednesday, following a four-wicket victory over hosts Namibia in the World Cricket League (WCL) Division 2.
Oman’s path to ODI status was confirmed earlier in the day when Canada beat Papua New Guinea, and the team added to their historic day by clinching a narrow win that maintained their unbeaten record in WCL Division 2.
Sandeep Goud scored 57 not out to steer Oman to victory at Windhoek, Namibia.
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“It means a lot we have achieved ODI status and everyone is very happy,” saidOman captain Zeeshan Maqsood. “Everyone took responsibility and with the pressure of cricket they did their jobs, and that is the main reason we have won four out of four. Each team has come here looking for ODI status and place in League 2, and the players have managed to achieve this. So very thankful to the management and all of our supporters.”
Two spots remain open for ODI status, and four teams – Canada, PNG, Namibia and Hong Kong – are in contention.
Oman and USA will get the chance to play 36 ODIs across a two-and-a-half year period on the road to the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup.