The first of two back-to-back trilateral series, the first ever ODIs to be hosted at the new Moosa Stadium just outside of Houston, begins this week with the United States, Scotland, and the United Arab Emirates gathering in Texas for the first of two back-to-back trilateral series. The hosts will be seeking to gain distance on the visitors, with the United States now in fifth place and Scotland and the United Arab Emirates in second and third place, respectively, in course for direct qualification to the World Cup Qualifier provided they can maintain their places.

With Nepal and Oman set to come for the second tri-series early next month, the USA has a string of eight home matches to reduce the four-win advantage. The two visiting teams will be attempting to cut the gap on Oman, who presently leads the pack with 40 points but just four games remaining.

The last time these three teams met was in late 2019 in the Emirates for the third League 2 trilateral series, with the Emirati side still reeling from the suspension of a number of senior players as a result of a corruption investigation, with the news breaking just a month before the T20 World Cup Qualifier. The United States won three of their four matches in that series, but have had a terrible record in the sport thereafter.

Seven of the eight associate teams with ODI status compete in CWC League 2, the second division of ICC ODI play (the Netherlands currently competing in the top-tier Super League as most recent champions of the now-defunct World Cricket League). Oman, Scotland, the United Arab Emirates, Namibia, Nepal, the United States of America, and Papua New Guinea compete in 21 trilateral series, with each team playing 12 home matches, 12 away matches, and 12 neutral matches. The remaining trilateral series are being planned back-to-back at each location, with nations holding doubled-up tri-series in short succession, because of the Covid-19 epidemic, which has pushed the league behind schedule.