Netherlands will be a challenge - Steindl
Last year's Intercontinental Cup runners-up Scotland will be hoping to go one better this time, as they begin their campaign in the opening game of the 2011-13 season of the tournament against Netherlands on Tuesday in Aberdeen.
"We're looking forward to it," Peter Steindl, Scotland's head coach said. "It's our first international since the final last year and we're looking to hit the ground running. We've been involved in the English county 40-over competition and so it will be a switch but we're looking forward to the challenge.
"It's going to be a tough game with the Netherlands putting up a strong squad and few new faces who haven't previously played for the side in this format. They've got some depth and experience there which will be a real challenge for us but we're looking forward to it."
Scotland will be boosted by the return of Durham batsman Kyle Coetzer, who has five ODI caps to his name, and brings some experience to the middle order.
Meanwhile, Netherlands have an almost full-strength squad available for selection, though allrounder Ryan ten Doeschate misses out, due to county commitments. Captain Peter Borren said he expected the conditions to suit his team. "[Neil] Kruger and [Michael] Swart are experienced cricketers who will add to our batting line-up having been performing well for us in the English 40-over competition that we participate in," he said.
"We've also got a young bowler in Ashan Malik who is an exciting prospect and hopefully when bowling long spells with the Kookaburra ball will get some good swing and perform well.
"I'm not concerned about our batting at all. It's a strong line-up and although we have a young bowling attack, I think the conditions will suit us," Borren said. "I think we've a team that is good - a bit more of an experienced team than our previous outings in this event, particularly with the batting line up, so hopefully we can get the points."
Netherlands last played international cricket in the 2011 World Cup, in which they failed to win a single game. They finished sixth in last season's Intercontinental Cup, losing five of their six games, with one draw.
Scotland squad: Gordon Drummond (capt), Fraser Watts, Preston Mommsen, Alasdair Evans, Kyle Coetzer, Ryan Flannigan, Neil McCallum, Simon Smith (w/k), Gordon Goudie, Calum MacLeod, Majid Haq, Richie Berrington
Netherlands squad: Peter Borren (c), Wesley Barresi (wk), Mudassar Bukhari , Tom Cooper, Tom Whol, Tom Heggelman, Neil Kruger, Matthijs Luten, Ahsan Malik, Peter Seelaar , Eric Szwarczynski , Michael Swart, Berend Westdijk