The Oman Cricket Association has invited Mumbai’s Ranji team to play a limited-overs series against them in Muscat. Oman are one of the eight teams who will battle it out for the reaming two spots in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021, set to be held in Oman and the UAE from October 17.
Since Oman doesn’t play top teams often owing to their associate status, they want to have some game time ahead of the global event. And hence, the invitation was sent by Oman’s chief development officer Duleep Mendis to Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) for a proposed three T20 and three One Dayers.
“On behalf of Oman Cricket, we would like to invite the Mumbai Cricket team to play matches against Oman’s national cricket team. As we understand that both teams are currently preparing for the upcoming season, it will be an excellent opportunity for the players to get some quality practice just before the commencement of the season,” states the letter written by Mendis as quoted by Malaysia Sun.
The MCA are working on the offer by Oman Cricket Association and the developments are still at the nascent stage. With a domestic season announce by BCCI, it seems a bit unlikely that MCA will accept the offer.
“We have been invited for the tour between August 19-September 3. The details of the tour to Oman are still being worked out,” the source pointed.
As per the plan, Mumbai will depart on August 19 and then undergo a mandatory quarantine on August 20. Then first up, they will play the three T20s starting on August 22, followed by matches on 24, and 26. The three One Dayers will be played on August 29, 31, and September 2.