The International Cricket Council (ICC) yesterday announced the first eight series of the ICC Menís Cricket World Cup League 2 to begin in August 2019.

The Menís Cricket World Cup League 2 provides more competitive cricket for Scotland, playing 36 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) over two and half years from August 2019 to January 2022, where teams are just two steps away from the Menís Cricket World Cup 2023. The League will see 126 ODIs played across 21 tri-series, with the first series kicking off in Scotland on 14 August 2019.

Today, Cricket Scotland can announce Scotland will host Oman and PNG in the first series taking place in Aberdeen (Mannofield CC).

August 14: Oman v PNG
August 15: Scotland v Oman
August 17: Scotland v PNG
August 18: Scotland v Oman
August 20: Scotland v PNG
August 21: Oman v PNG

Cricket Scotlandís Simon Smith said: ďFirst of all, it is tremendously exciting to see how this competition unfolds in front of our menís team over the next 30 months, with so much cricket ahead of us, 36 ODIís.

We know the quality is always high among these sides and it is very competitive, so we are really looking forward to getting stuck into this competition. It is really important for all of us, presenting the opportunity to qualify for the Menís Cricket World Cup in 2023 in India and the next cycle of Cricket World Cup Super League.Ē

We have three home rounds, where we will host two nations coming to us during our home season. Around that, we will also have visits to other nations as well. In each season, we will be home once and away twice.

So nine rounds of cricket for us, all in tri- series. It presents an opportunity for all of us to arrange additional bilateral, triangular and quadrangular content around each series.Ē