HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The International Cricket Council has named Malaysia as the hosts of the ICC World Cricket League Division-IV, the world cricket governing body announced.
The decision was taken at the ICC Development Committee meeting that took place in Bangkok, Thailand from May 15-16. United States of America were earlier named the hosts of the tournament but after the North American country failed to meet the criteria set by the cricket governing body, they were deprived of the hosting rights.
Nepal are currently in the Division-IV and will take on Tanzania, Denmark, Singapore, Malaysia and the USA with the top two teams after a round-robin league winning promotion to Division-III. Nepal had narrowly missed out on a chance to earn promotion to Division-III after they finished third in the ICC World Cricket League Division-IV held in Bologna, Italy in August, 2010.
Singapore and Malaysia are the newly promoted teams, while USA and Italy were relegate from the ICC World Cricket League Division-III that was held in Hong Kong from January 22-29, 2011. Tanzania is the other team who is currently in the Division-IV along with Nepal. The ICC Development Committee meeting in Bangkok also named Bermuda — subject to agreeing to budget proposals — as the hosts for the World Cricket League Division-III.