Nepal currently sit 12th in the T20I rankings and are playing ODIs against USA and Oman at present. Star player Sandeep Lamichhane recently expressed his desire to play Test cricket for Nepal.
Papua New Guinea are ranked 18th and have been on the fringes of major tournaments for the past decade or so.
Singapore are in 21st and have been one of the success stories of recent times. They’ve defeated a Test nation in the form of Zimbabwe and have soared up the T20I rankings.
USA has always seemed like an untapped market and it’s hard to fathom that cricket can’t really take off stateside.
Nigeria, an exceptionally populous nation, and Japan, have both made encouraging strides at under-19 level.
Whether or not the transition from T20I to Test cricket will remain relevant in the years to come is an interesting thought. How do amateur players prepare to play multi-day multi-innings cricket. Can these nations implement First Class leagues and afford them and the players?
If they can and the Test world does expand then who do you think will be cricket’s next Test nation?