ICC announces possible venues for Intercontinental Cup final

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Dubai, Oct 6 (UNI) The International Cricket Council (ICC) today confirmed the two possible dates and venues for the final of the Intercontinental Cup to be held between Namibia and the winner of the last group match between Kenya and Ireland.

With one match remaining in the group stage of the tournament, only Namibia is assured of its place in the decider. Its opponent will depend on the result of the Kenya v Ireland match which takes place at Nairobi Gymkhana from 11 to 14 October.

If defending champion Ireland takes all 20 points from the match or ties on first innings before winning the game outright, it will proceed to its third final in a row. But if Kenya can win the game or even take first-innings points, it will join its fellow African side in the decider.

A Namibia v Ireland final will take place at St George's Park, Port Elizabeth, from October 30 to November 3 while a final involving Namibia and Kenya will be held at Outsurance Oval, Bloemfontein, from November 6 to 10.

The reason for different dates is because of varying commitments of the teams involved and the limited availability of the grounds in question. A neutral venue is preferred over one side enjoying home advantage. Last year's final between Ireland and Canada was held at Grace Road, the home of Leicestershire County Cricket Club in England.

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