The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed that Namibia and the United Arab Emirates will be participating in the 2011-13 Intercontinental Cup.
They were chosen by the ICC Development Committee to join Afghanistan, Canada, Ireland, Kenya, the Netherlands and Scotland in an expanded eight-team tournament.
They earned the right to be selected by finishing in the top four of the ICC World Cricket League Division Two tournament last month.
The first round of fixtures begins in June although exact dates are yet to be finalised and the tournament will run over 28 months.
Afghanistan are the reigning champions after they took their first title last year by defeating Scotland in the final in the UAE.
Furthermore, there will be a 50-over competition run alongside the Intercontinental Cup between the eight teams with full details of this still to be revealed.
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