Scots on Intercontinental Cup Tour
Wed, Jun 25, 2008 4:33 PM
Scotland's cricketers head west ‘over the pond' next month to play two four-day ICC Intercontinental Cup matches, against Bermuda (July 10-13) and Canada (July 16-19).
But, after discussions with the selectors, they will leave behind a group of experienced players who are being ‘rested' in preparation for other major matches later in July and August.
Scotland captain Ryan Watson, along with Gavin Hamilton, Craig Wright, Glenn Rogers and John Blain, have not been included in the 13-man squad which will head first for the new Caribbean, before moving on to Toronto. This gives a number of younger players the chance to build their case for future international honours.
The squad is: Fraser Watts (Carlton, captain); Richie Berrington, Dewald Nel, Sean Weeraratna (all Greenock); Gordon Drummond (Watsonians); Gordon Goudie, Dougie Lockhart (West of Scotland); Majid Haq (Ferguslie); Ross Lyons, Qasim Sheikh (Clydesdale); Neil McCallum, Gregor Maiden (Grange); Colin Smith (Aberdeenshire, wicket-keeper).
Head Coach Peter Steindl will be assisted by former Scottish Saltires coach Tony Judd, with the tour managed by Dick Auckinleck.
Steindl said: "Although Scotland cannot now hope to win the I-Cup itself, we will certainly take these matches seriously, and the players know that they represent an excellent platform for their talents. For our own ranking in the global game, we aim to win both matches."
Roddy Smith, Cricket Scotland's chief executive, added: "It is vital that we build strength in depth among our international squads - particularly with next year's World Cup qualifying tournament in mind."
The match against Bermuda will be played in the new National Cricket Centre, which has just been approved by the ICC for such events. The game against Canada will be played at the Toronto Sports Club.