Nel returns to boost Scotland squad for Intercontinental Cup

Tue, Aug 10, 2010 11:24 AM

Kent county professional Dewald Nel returns to Scotland colours for the important ICC Intercontinental Cup four-day match against Afghanistan, starting on Wednesday, at the Citylets Ayr ground.

A total of 20 points are at stake in this match, and undefeated Scotland are currently at the top of the Intercontinental Cup table, with Afghanistan 12 points behind. In second place is a Zimbabwe XI, only six points behind Scotland, with these two countries due to meet in October for what would be Scotland's final game of the two-year round-robin series of first-class matches.

If the match fails to produce a result, six points are guaranteed to the side that takes a first-innings lead, with an additional three points to each side in the event of a draw. However, outright victory at Ayr would guarantee the Scots a place in the Intercontinental Cup final, to be played in Dubai in November.

With all such factors - and the currently damp weather - in mind, Scotland's selectors have chosen a squad that can make the most of this opportunity on home ground, against a team that has never previously played an official competitive game in the United Kingdom.

Scotland's squad is: Gordon Drummond (captain); Richie Berrington, Ewan Chalmers, Ryan Flannigan, Gordon Goudie, Majid Haq, Moneeb Iqbal, Ross Lyons, Dewald Nel, Matthew Parker, Qasim Sheikh, Simon Smith and Fraser Watts.

Scotland's head coach, Peter Steindl, says: "We've performed well in our two previous matches this year away from home [against Kenya in January and the Netherlands in June]. And we are approaching this game with confidence and determination."

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