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Financial burden from new COVID-19 protocol in gulf nations casts doubt on Nepal-USA-Oman Tri-Series

Nepal’s second Tri-Series of the ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 involving Oman and the USA has been thrown into uncertainty after hosts Oman were left concerned about huge costs it might require in the current pandemic situation.

Oman has set seven-day quarantine for travelers under its new health protocol, a decision for which the gulf nation might have to pay a huge sum for both the visiting team members. Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) Secretary Ashok Nath Pyakuryal, however, said they were yet to learn about the development officially.

“We came to know about the issue after few international journalists posted about it in their social media pages. But the International Cricket Council has not yet made any official call. Until there is not an official statement, the tournament will go as scheduled,” Pyakuryal told cricketignepal.com.

America’s 44-man closed camp in Texas has also been put off for the time being.   

Pyakuryal also informed that USA previously request the Tri-Series at their home be postponed because of the travel restrictions imposed by the American government. He added that upon the request from Oman Cricket Board, the Oman government was ready to reduce the quarantine period to three or four days for visiting teams.

The Oman Tri-Series is scheduled for March 19-28. Oman are currently lead the table in League 2 which is the gateway for 2023 50-over World Cup.

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