Strong European presence in ICC Combined XI
Wed, Jan 11, 2012 2:34 PM
This weekend the ICC Combined Associate and Affiliate (AM) XI took on England in a three day warm up match in Dubai, United Arab Emirates where six European players were named.
In the 12-man squad, the six Europeans came from Scotland and Ireland and were, Kyle Coetzer (Scotland), George Dockrell (Ireland), Majid Haq (Scotland), Boyd Rankin (Ireland), Paul Stirling (Ireland) and the captain William Porterfield (Ireland); there was no Netherlands presence as they are currently touring the Caribbean.
28-year old Majid Haq from Scotland who has been a key performer for many years in European cricket, including a member of the ICC European Men's Academy 2011 which travelled to the Global Cricket Academy in Dubai last February; spoke to ICC Europe regarding the warm up match.
"It was an honour to be selected for the ICC Combined Associate and Affiliate (AM) XI, working alongside my Scottish team members and working together with the other countries was a great experience to pull together as team. The coaching staff here at the Global Cricket Academy were fantastic and it was great to get training back outside, the sessions included acclimatising, fitness and skill sessions; the quality of facilities is of such a high level which is always going to be a benefit," said Haq.
In the three wicket defeat to England, the Combined team put on a great performance, in which Haq scored a lower-order breezy 26. "To get the opportunity to play against the number one test side in the world was a great experience and hopefully one that can open a few avenues, in terms of opportunities for the future within county sides or other ways to help improve me as a cricketer" explains Haq.
A member of the Scottish squad who went to the ICC World Cup with Scotland in 2007, Haq is looking forward to working hard with Scotland in order to keep the momentum going; "I have performed consistently over the past 3 days which I take great heart and I look forward to performing well with Scotland and hoping to help us qualify for the ICC World Twenty20 in 2012," concluded Haq.