The first match of the 2011-13 edition of the ICC Intercontinental Cup will begin tomorrow when the Netherlands takes on hosts Scotland in Aberdeen.
Gordon Drummond's men were runners-up last year to Afghanistan in the final of the competition and the side will be hoping for a strong performance to begin the competition on the right foot and walk away with the 20 points on offer for the fixture.
Having won the tournament in 2004 and fallen at the final hurdle in the last season, it will want to make sure it starts positively against a strong Dutch side.
Scotland's squad contains contracted players Majid Haq, Gordon Goudie, Richie Berrington, Calum MacLeod and Ryan Flannigan while Durham's Kyle Coetzer is also named alongside the hugely experienced Fraser Watts.
Preston Mommsen is once again in the squad having shown impressive form with the bat for the Saltires in the ongoing CB40 competition in England.
Scotland head coach Peter Steindl is upbeat ahead of tournament.
"We're looking forward to it," said Steindl. "It's our first international since the final last year and we're looking to hit the ground running. We've been involved in the English county 40-over competition and so it will be a switch but we're looking forward to the challenge.
"It's going to be a tough game with the Netherlands putting up a strong squad and few new faces who haven't previously played for the side in this format. They've got some depth and experience there which will be a real challenge for us but we're looking forward to it," said Steindl.
"I think it's a stronger tournament this year and I think it's been made even stronger by the inclusion of Namibia and UAE this year and every team is capable of beating each other so it'll be an open competition. Every game you play will be in challenging environments and any team is capable of beating each other," he added.
Meanwhile, the Netherlands has an almost full-strength squad available for selection and the side will feature new players in Michael Swart and Neil Kruger, along with Ashan Malik, a 21-year-old seam-bowler from Rotterdam.
The team also features the return to ICC Intercontinental Cup duty for Mudassar Bukhari after a two-year break from the tournament due to work commitments, while Ryan ten Doeschate is not available for selection due to commitments with his county side Essex.
"Kruger and Swart are experienced cricketers who will add to our batting line-up having been performing well for us in the English 40-over competition that we participate in," said captain Peter Borren.
"We've also got a young bowler in Ashan Malik who is an exciting prospect and hopefully when bowling long spells with the Kookaburra ball will get some good swing and perform well," he said.
"The fact that almost everyone is available for selection for us is a great thing and the first time in a long time. The return of Mudassar is also fantastic as he's a big part of our team. He is vital for us with the new ball, plus he is more than useful with the bat down the order.
"I'm not concerned about our batting at all. It's a strong line-up and although we have a young bowling attack, I think the conditions will suit us. I think we've a team that is good ? a bit more of an experienced team than our previous outings in this event, particularly with the batting line up, so hopefully we can get the points," he added.
"I think we can go into this with quite a bit confidence, we gained a lot of experience from the World Cup and then we've played some good cricket in the CB40 competition too. It's a bit difficult as we've not played any four-day cricket for a while but that'll be the same for Scotland as well."
Play at Mannofield, Aberdeen starts at 1100 local time and admission is free.
NETHERLANDS (squad): Peter Borren (captain), Ashan Malik, Wesley Barresi, Tom Cooper, Tom de Grooth, Tom Heggelman, Neil Kruger, Matthijs Luten, Mudassar Bukhari, Pieter Seelaar, Michael Swart, Eric Szwarczynski, Berend Westdijk
SCOTLAND (squad): Gordon Drummond (captain), Fraser Watts, Kyle Coetzer, Richie Berrington, Neil McCallum, Preston Mommsen, Ryan Flannigan, Calum MacLeod, Simon Smith, Gordon Goudie, Alasdair Evans, Majid Haq.
Umpires: Peter Nero of the Emirates International Panel of ICC Umpires and Niels Bagh of the ICC Associates and Affiliates Umpires' Panel.
Match referee: David Jukes
An up-to-date points table plus all the results in the competition will be available here: http://www.icc-cricket.com/events_and_awards/intercontinental_cup/points_table.php
The ICC Intercontinental Cup has quickly grown in stature and profile since its inception seven years ago. The ICC's premier first-class tournament is an integral part of the Associate Members' cricket schedule.
There will be a total of US$254,000 in prize money for the Associate and Affiliate teams taking part in the ICC Intercontinental Cup 2011-13 with US$100,000 for the winners and US$40,000 for the runners-up.
Teams finishing in third and fourth place with receive US$20,000 and US$10,000 respectively while an outright win by any team during the course of the round-robin stage will see it walk away with US$3,000 per match.
Having previously been designed around a two-group, three-day format, the event then evolved into an eight-team, round-robin and truly global tournament featuring four-day cricket which gives those teams who do not play Test cricket the chance to experience the longer form of the game.
This year's format will include eight teams - Afghanistan, Canada, Ireland, Kenya, Netherlands, Scotland, Namibia and United Arab Emirates.
Scotland won the first ICC Intercontinental Cup in 2004, beating Canada in the final, while Ireland has been victorious in three events since then, beating Kenya in the 2005 decider, Canada in the 2006-07 event, Namibia in 2007-08 while in 2009-10 Afghanistan won the competition.
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