Scotland travel to the UAE for third round of Pepsi ICC WCL Championship
ICC Media Release
Mon, Mar 5, 2012 10:49 AM
Second-placed Scotland will travel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this week to take on the third-placed hosts in the latest round of the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Championship. The two 50-over-a-side matches will be played at Sharjah Cricket Ground on 7 and 9 March.
Scotland visited the UAE last month to play its four-day first-class ICC Intercontinental Cup fixture and now returns to take on Khurram Khan's men in two one-day fixtures as part of the WCL Championship that could see Scotland, if victorious by a substantial margin, surpass Ireland at the top of the table.
Currently, William Porterfield's Ireland tops the table after beating Kenya in one of the two fixtures it played in Mombasa in February. Now, Gordon Drummond's men are closing in on the top spot.
Scotland has the same side which will compete in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier UAE 2012 which begins on 13 March - four days after the second WCL Championship game between the two sides. Scotland has been preparing for both its WCL Championship matches and the ICC WT20Q UAE 2012 in Sri Lanka.
Spin twins Preston Mommsen and Majid Haq have shown good form with the ball in Sri Lanka and coach Peter Steindl will be hopeful that the duo will continue to impress in the Championship on the spin-friendly pitches of Sharjah. Gordon Goudie, whose fast bowling claimed wickets in the Intercontinental Cup fixture, will be another key player for Scotland in the 50-over format.
The UAE, currently sitting third in the Championship, will be eager to avenge the side's Intercontinental Cup loss to Scotland last month and can potentially leapfrog Scotland into second place in the table.
Led by the experienced Khurram, the 40-year-old will call on his big hitting batsmen Arshad Ali and Swapnil Patil, while when it comes to taking wickets in Sharjah the home side will perhaps look to Ahmed Raza's spin along with medium-pacers Arshad and Amjad Javed.
The Pepsi ICC WCL Championship, together with the ongoing global divisions of the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League (WCL), is an extremely important event on the calendar of ICC Development Programme as it provides a dual pathway for all Associate and Affiliate Members to qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 to be staged in Australia and New Zealand.
The top two teams from the WCL Championship will automatically join ICC's 10 Full Members in the ICC CWC 2015, while the bottom six teams in the WCL Championship will receive a second qualifying opportunity when they will lock horns for the remaining two places in the ICC CWC 2015 by competing in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier (CWCQ) in early 2014.
UAE (from) - Khurram Khan (captain), Mohammed Touqir, Ahmed Raza, Amjad Javed, Palekar Hamid, Shaiman Anwar, Amjad Ali, Rohan Mustafa, Saqib Ali, Vikrant Shetty, Shadeep Silva, Swapnil Patil, Arshad Ali, Asadullah Shareef
Scotland (from) - Gordon Drummond (captain), Ryan Flannigan, Matthew Parker, David Watts, Richard Berrington, Majid Haq, Craig Wallace, Jan Stander, Gordon Goudie, Preston Mommsen, Calum MacLeod, Safayaan Sharif, Kyle Coetzer, Joshua Davey
Umpires - Joel Wilson of the Emirates Elite Panel of International Umpires and Buddhi Pradhan of the ICC Associate and Affiliate Panel of Umpires
Match Referee - Graeme La Brooy (ICC Regional Match Referee - Sri Lanka)