Scottish selectors confirm squads travelling to the UAE and Sri Lanka over next seven weeks
Wed, Feb 8, 2012 10:35 PM
The Scottish selectors have today confirmed the squads traveling to the United Arab Emirates and Sri Lanka over the course of the next seven weeks.
The Intercontinental Cup squad will depart from Glasgow Airport on Friday 10 February in preparation for their ICC Intercontinental Cup game against the UAE which will take place between the 16th and 19th of February.
This will be Scotland’s third game in the 2011-2013 competition, following a rain affected draw with Holland and a winning draw against Namibia.
Missing from that squad will be batsman Josh Davey, who is currently in South Africa with Middlesex as part of his rehabilitation from surgery late last year, while Kyle Coetzer will also miss out, due to his participation in the Bangladesh Premier League. This will mean opportunities for Ewan Chalmers and Freddie Coleman to impress; both young batsmen are exciting prospects who have emerged through the Scottish age group system and now will have the opportunity to push for a place in the national side.
Opening bowler Alasdair Evans has been selected in the squad to supplement the pace bowling attack.
After the Intercontinental Cup match, Scotland will travel to Sri Lanka for an intensive training camp where they will play a combination of 50 and 20 over matches against quality Sri Lankan sides. Fraser Watts, Calvin Burnett, Jan Stander and Josh Davey will join the squad at this point of the tour.
The squad will then return to the UAE on the 5th of March for two vital games in the newly branded Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Championship. These matches against the UAE will take place on the 7th and 9th of March. The focus of the tour then switches to T20 with the ICC World T20 Qualifier being held from the 13th to the 24th of March.
Matthew Parker has been recuperating from hip surgery last year and will make a welcome return to the squad for the first time since sustaining the injury early last summer. He will travel to the UAE but will not play in the I Cup game but will use the time to prepare for the one day and T20 matches which follow.
Commenting on the forthcoming tour, head coach Peter Steindl stated “This will be a challenging tour for the squad, which will incorporate all three forms of the game. Our preparations have gone well to date and we are looking to transfer this work quickly when we arrive in Sharjah on Saturday”.
Intercontinental Cup squad v United Arab Emirates; 16 to 19 February
Gordon Drummond (Captain), Preston Mommsen, Alasdair Evans, Ryan Flannigan, Simon Smith (wk), Ewan Chalmers, Richie Berrington, Freddie Coleman, Calum MacLeod, Craig Wallace, Gordon Goudie, Safyaan Sharif, Majid Haq
Training Camp in Sri Lanka: 21 February to 5 March:
Gordon Drummond , Preston Mommsen Fraser Watts, Ryan Flannigan, Josh Davey, Richie Berrington, Calum MacLeod, Craig Wallace (wk) Matthew Parker, Calvin Burnett, Gordon Goudie, Jan Stander, Majid Haq, Safyaan Sharif
ICC World Cricket League Championship v UAE, 7 and 9 March:
Gordon Drummond (Captain), Preston Mommsen Fraser Watts, Ryan Flannigan, Josh Davey , Richie Berrington, Calum MacLeod, Craig Wallace (wk), Matthew Parker, Calvin Burnett, Kyle Coetzer, Gordon Goudie, Jan Stander, Majid Haq, Safyaan Sharif
ICC World T20 qualifier, Dubai, 13 to 24 March:
Gordon Drummond (Captain), Preston Mommsen, Fraser Watts, Ryan Flannigan, Josh Davey, Richie Berrington, Calum MacLeod, Craig Wallace (wk), Matthew Parker, Kyle Coetzer, Gordon Goudie, Jan Stander, Majid Haq, Safyaan Sharif
Head Coach: Peter Steindl
Assistant Coach: Tony Judd
Assistant Coach: Neil MacRae
Physio: Mhari MacPhail