Cricket’s landscape could expand to unexpected horizons as early as next month if a bilateral series between Afghanistan and Zimbabwe goes ahead in the Middle Eastern country of Oman, where the Test match format has never been played before.

The itinerary of two Tests and three Twenty20 internationals has yet to be finalised and remains uncertain due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

However, the secluded Oman Cricket Academy (OCA) ground in Al Amerat – 15 km southeast of the capital Muscat – is at the ready after meeting standards set by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to host Tests having previously hosted limited-overs matches.

“ICC accreditation has put us in an elite club of Test cricket hosts and we are very proud to have reached that level,” Oman Cricket told Reuters.

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