January 14, 2004

Hamilton recalled to Scotland squad

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Gavin Hamilton has been recalled to the Scotland squad. Hamilton last represented Scotland in the 1999 World Cup, and now he has served a mandatory four-year absence after playing one Test for England in 1999, he is eligible again for selection.

The Scotland selectors today confirmed the 14-man squad for the ICC Six Nations Challenge Tournament in Dubai between February 29 and March 6. Scotland will join five other associate member countries, including the hosts United Arab Emirates, Namibia, Holland, USA and Canada. The winners will then take part in the ICC Champions Trophy, to be played in England in September 2004.

"It's an exciting time to be back involved with Scottish cricket," said Hamilton, who recently joined Durham from Yorkshire. "I hope I can push the team forward by playing my part in the Six Nations Challenge and ultimately qualify for the Champions Trophy at the end of the season.

"The tournament should also give me a chance to spend some time in the middle and ensure I'm on top form for Durham when the campaign begins in April."

Craig Wright, Scotland's captain, was also pleased with Hamilton's return to the squad. "It's exciting for us to go into a tournament of this stature," he said. "It's also great to see Gavin back in Scotland colours. His ability and experience can only assist us in our desire to win this competition. The guys have been training really well and showing some good form in practice."

Squad Craig Wright (capt), Ryan Watson, Douglas Lockhart, Greg Williamson, Dougie Brown, Gavin Hamilton, Jamie Kerr, Fraser Watts, James Brinkley, John Blain, Majid Haq, Gregor Maiden, Ian Stanger, Paul Hoffmann, Tony Judd, Peter Drinnen, Euan McIntyre.