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Cricket Scotland announced today (Friday) a 14 man squad plus a travelling reserve for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 series versus PNG and Oman.
Series 11 of this tournament was scheduled to be hosted in PNG, however due to COVID related travel restrictions, the series hosts PNG have conceded home advantage agreeing to switch the matches to the UAE.
Scotland currently lie 2nd in the league table with 16 points from 12 matches and four wins from the series will put them in a strong position in their mid-point of the competition.
An experienced team has been selected for this series with 12 of the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup squad being joined by Adrian Neill and uncapped Chris McBride. Fin McCreath also joins the squad as a travelling reserve.
Due to a personal family reason, Head Coach Shane Burger is not able to travel with the squad and Assistant Coach Craig Wright will step up as Interim Head Coach for the series.
Commenting on the series, Shane said “I am obviously really disappointed not to be with the squad in Dubai, however Craig is a highly experienced coach at this level.
“The conditions in Dubai will be tough nevertheless our target for this series is to win all four matches and strenghten our position in the league.”
Interim Head Coach Craig Wright said “The boys are looking forward to getting back into action after the excitement and strong performances in the T20 World Cup and preceding WCL2 fixtures late last year.
“The squad is an experienced one, but it is great to see some younger players who have done well in A Team, Regional and Performance Academy cricket getting their opportunity to show what they can do at this level.
“We are sad not to have Shane with us on this trip, but I’m delighted to have the skills, expertise, and experience of Toby Bailey to assist me as Batting and Fielding Coach. He has worked with this group of players extensively in the past and will provide good continuity in Shane’s absence.”
Scotland will play PNG on 9th April, Oman 10th April, PNG 13th April and Oman 15th April. Timings and venues are yet to be confirmed by the host nation.
1. Kyle Coetzer (capt)
2. Richie Berrington
3. Dylan Budge
4. Matthew Cross
5. Ally Evans
6. Michael Leask
7. Gavin Main
8. Calum MacLeod
9. Chris McBride
10. George Munsey
11. Adrian Neill
12. Safyaan Sharif
13. Hamza Tahir
14. Mark Watt
15. Fin McCreath (travelling reserve / development player)
Cricket Scotland’s county contracted players were unavailable for selection for this series.
Interim Head Coach: Craig Wright
Batting & Fielding Coach: Toby Bailey
Tour Manager: Kenny Crichton
Strength & Conditioning Coach: Nick Karamouzis
Physiotherapist: Karen Gibson