Oman Cricket (OC) has invited Domestic giants Mumbai for playing five or six Twenty20 games. The matches are aimed at providing the Oman national team with some match practice ahead of the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
The Oman national team will be participating in the Twenty20 World Cup from October 17 to November 14. The initiative is taken by Pankaj Khimji, the head of Oman Cricket (OC). Oman is placed in the Group B of the first round of the tournament.
Understandably, Duleep Mendis, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of OC, to Sanjay Naik, the secretary of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA). The MCA is believed to have accepted the invite, something Mendis, a former Sri Lanka captain, confirmed.
“Yes Mumbai team will be travelling and the details are being worked out,” Mendis told Cricbuzz.
“They (Oman) have invited (us) and it is the best opportunity for Mumbai to send its team,” a source from the cricket body confirmed to PTI.
As per reports, the Mumbai team will be leaving for Muscat on August 19. The arrangements will work perfectly for the Oman team as part fort their preparation for the T20 World Cup, as well as for the Mumabi team in providing them with quality practice before the start of the Indian domestic season, which is just around the corner.
Mumbai won the last season of the Vijay Hazare Trophy, the national one-day championship, after its failure to impress in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. The team will be looking for a new captain with Prithvi Shaw currently playing Pataudi Trophy in Mumbai.
Oman is one of the two venues which will be hosting the marquee event. It will host six first-round games of the tournament.