County news January 23, 2013

Wardlaw called up by Scotland

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ian Wardlaw, the Yorkshire seamer, has been invited to train with Scotland and could be earn an immediate call-up for the World Cricket League fixtures against Afghanistan in March.

Wardlaw, 27, has only played 19 matches for Yorkshire after making his debut in July 2011. He admitted it was a shock to asked to train with Scotland in Edinburgh over the next two weekends. He qualifies through his Scottish father and has a path to a career in international cricket.

"I can impress enough to force my way into the squad," Wardlaw said. "Afghanistan are going good. No team will take them lightly and they have real quality with their bowlers who can bowl at pace and they have some good batters that are very strong in one-day cricket"

Scotland and Afghanistan continue their World Cup qualifying campaign with four World Cricket League Championship matches in Sharjah at the start of March before an Intercontinental Cup fixture in Abu Dhabi.

"There will be a lot of pressure on the matches," Wardlaw said. "Only the top two from the group get automatic qualification to the World Cup. Even though Scotland are currently in second spot, we cannot afford to slip up and Afghanistan could be one of those teams that could embarrass you if you're not prepared and focused."

If Wardlaw impresses he could find himself lining up against Pakistan and Australia over the summer, along with Neil Carter, who ended his Warwickshire career at the end of last season but declared his intention to play for Scotland.