It is tempting to think that more professional international cricket is now being played than ever before in the history of the game.
The Scotland Tri-Nation Series will be played August 8-15, 2022.
New Zealand is hosting a women’s one-day international tournament of 50 overs per side. In Sri Lanka, India’s men’s test team has completely beaten the home team in a two-match series. Pakistan hosts Australia for the first time in 24 years in a three-match Test series, while the West Indies men compete in a three-match Test series against England.
The popularization of cricket
As if that abundance of series weren’t enough to keep themselves in check, the next round of the International Cricket Council Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 resumed. It’s part of the road to qualifying for the 2023 World Cup, which is to be held in India.
Seven teams make up the league. The top three will qualify for the June 2023 tournament in Zimbabwe, while the bottom four will advance to the playoff stage for the right to join that tournament.
On the road to League 2, which begins in August 2019 and ends in February 2023, each team has three series of three, 21 in all. In each case, the host team will be joined by two different of the other six teams, with each team playing each other twice. This means that during the tournament, each team plays each other twice at home, away and on a neutral site.
In the current tri-series, the UAE hosted Oman and Namibia from March 5-12 and then Nepal and Papua New Guinea from March 15-22.
The series was originally scheduled to take place in Papua New Guinea in June 2020, but is now taking place in the UAE. The magnitude of the schedule change needed to deal with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic has been significant.
Playing catch-up with series and matches is one explanation for cricket’s abundance. Another factor is its planned expansion.
The ICC’s vision in its Global Growth Strategy, released in November, was to make the game available to more countries, players and fans, with an emphasis on investing in women’s cricket.