With warm-up Desert Cup ODI and T20 wins under its belt, the Canadian National Men’s cricket team is now in Malaysia for its participation in the third and final round of the ICC 2023 World Cup Challenge League. The winner of which will progress to the Zimbabwe-hosted final 2023 World Cup Qualifier next March.
Having completed the Challenge League’s first two rounds, Canada sits atop of the standings with an almost perfect record of 18 points out of a possible 20. The Canadians won nine and lost only one of the ten matches they played in the tournament’s first two rounds. Canada also currently holds a positive net run rate of 2.436 compared to the 0.543 of their closest challengers second-placed Singapore.
With a 7 wins 3 losses record, Singapore has so far accumulated 14 points to occupy second place in the standings, marginally ahead of Denmark who are currently third with 12 points. The Danes won 6 and lost 4 of their ten matches played in the first two rounds. Qatar will start Round 3 on 10 points from their record of 5 wins and an equal number of losses after the first two rounds while Vanuatu and hosts Malaysia currently occupy the two bottom positions on the standings with just 4 and 2 points after respective 2-8- and 1-9-win loss records.
The Canadians Malaysia Challenge League glory quest will commence on Sunday, December 4, 2022, with their opening match encounter against Qatar. Tuesday, December 6 will be the date for the Canadian’s second match against Singapore which will be followed by a three-day mini-break before they face Denmark on December 9.
Monday December 12 against Vanuatu and Tuesday, December 13 versus hosts Malaysia will be the Canadians final two matches of the tournament. Back-to-back encounters against the tournament’s lowest-placed teams. Victories from which should see the Canadians emerge as overall champions and headed to Zimbabwe next March in search of ICC 2023 World Cup participation for the fist time since 2011.