Scotland news January 16, 2013

Scotland to play two ODIs against Pakistan

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Scotland will host Pakistan for two ODIs in Edinburgh in May 2013, shortly before the Champions Trophy in England. Both games - on May 17 and 19 - will be played at the Citylets Grange in Edinburgh. Scotland have played Pakistan on three occasions in the 50-over format, the last one being an abandoned fixture in 2007.

"These fixtures are a fantastic boost for Scottish cricket," captain Gordon Drummond said. "We have the chance to qualify for two global ICC events in 2013, and now we find we also have the opportunity to play two top test nations with Australia also visiting for an ODI in September. These matches are particularly important for the development of the current squad.

"We are all really looking to welcoming the Pakistan team to Scotland once again, and these fixtures will undoubtedly build on the already strong ties between the Pakistani/Scots community. It's a fantastic platform for us to show what we are capable of, as we did with victory against Bangladesh last year- these are the sort of matches that every Scottish squad member will want to be involved in."

"Following the ICC's additional investment in Cricket Scotland through their TAPP [Targeted Assistance and Performance Programme] scheme, we committed to secure further matches against the Full Members," chief executive Roddy Smith said. "These games are vital to continue our progress and measure ourselves against the best in the world, and are integral to the on field improvements desired for by the ICC. We are very grateful to the Pakistan Cricket Board for their support in making these games happen.''

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  • ejsiddiqui on January 16, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    This is an excellent opportunity for Scotland to show their skills against big boys. Pakistan can test their bench strength in these matches. I would like to appreciate PCB for taking so many initiatives to help/promote cricket. Some of them are helping SL and BD to get thier test statuses, playing with associate nations, starting disabled cricket, starting blind cricket, introducing neutral umpires etc

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on January 16, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    Good job by Cricket Scotland & also good selection too. All current top minnows (Zim, BD, Ire) shined in their early days in cricket. Zim got international exposure by winning 2 Tests against Unpredictable Pakistan. BD got test status by beating them in 1999 WC & Ire got international attention for the 1st time by beating them in 2007 WC. So this time Scot has chance at their homeland.

  • Kaliwal-Halak on January 16, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    Excellent move by the PCB to further strengthen cricket in Non-test playing Nations, I think England should have played Afghanistan a match or two, during their warm-ups for the Tests/ ODI Series India, But it is only the PCB helping the Associates... hope that all the Big Teams give the opportunity for the Younger side to play against them.

  • mainul079080 on January 18, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    @COLJJ man, think about how to avoid the inevitable double whitewash of Pakistan in upcoming tour in SA.Super slow 'Tuk Tuk' Misbah may declare retirement when he will face super fast 'Rockets' from Stein, Morkel & Philander.Scotland should have arranged a triangular ODI tournament including Bangladesh. We are eager to beat Scottish and Pakistanis to put off the word 'minnows' from our body for ever. We missed the chance to play against Pak in Pak because of security unrest in Pak.

  • Ind_champs on January 18, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    Good news for scotland. They are given a chance by quality team to see where they are. I think they deserve test status instead of bangladesh.

  • Energetic. on January 16, 2013, 23:24 GMT

    Hopefully Scotland will win those games and become the next Ireland and also a full member nation one day. The more teams in Cricket at the highest level the better future of Cricket will have and look fantastic. Get ready for embarrassment Pakistan you guys are no minnows so have everything to lose.

  • FRRR on January 16, 2013, 22:55 GMT

    Pakistan has always helped associate teams in the past. PCB should be appreciated for this effort, along with all Pakistani cricketers. Pakistan is also helping China to become a part of cricket.

  • SapnerJadukar on January 16, 2013, 21:35 GMT

    @coljj careful mr. When you say something about others as you acting a God and you know the future that BD can't beat pak in 3 decades to come. Take my word, it won't take that long, BD will beat Pak in their next couple of meetings any where in the world. And don't be so proudy, we all can undestand where pak cricket future is heading off. To me i can tell you it doesn't look good!!

  • Syed_imran_abbas on January 16, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    Good gesture by PCB. I think other teams should also few matches with associate teams. I am sure some of them are far better than Bangladesh. I hope they give a chance to some new guys.

  • armaan_kashif on January 16, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    @M_Rakibul_Islam: have some heart to bear it... BCB has badly exploited the grim conditions of PCB, one should never try to be that much miser in showing determination in commitments as BCB did. All My Sympathy are with you...

  • ejsiddiqui on January 16, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    This is an excellent opportunity for Scotland to show their skills against big boys. Pakistan can test their bench strength in these matches. I would like to appreciate PCB for taking so many initiatives to help/promote cricket. Some of them are helping SL and BD to get thier test statuses, playing with associate nations, starting disabled cricket, starting blind cricket, introducing neutral umpires etc

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on January 16, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    Good job by Cricket Scotland & also good selection too. All current top minnows (Zim, BD, Ire) shined in their early days in cricket. Zim got international exposure by winning 2 Tests against Unpredictable Pakistan. BD got test status by beating them in 1999 WC & Ire got international attention for the 1st time by beating them in 2007 WC. So this time Scot has chance at their homeland.

  • Kaliwal-Halak on January 16, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    Excellent move by the PCB to further strengthen cricket in Non-test playing Nations, I think England should have played Afghanistan a match or two, during their warm-ups for the Tests/ ODI Series India, But it is only the PCB helping the Associates... hope that all the Big Teams give the opportunity for the Younger side to play against them.

  • mainul079080 on January 18, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    @COLJJ man, think about how to avoid the inevitable double whitewash of Pakistan in upcoming tour in SA.Super slow 'Tuk Tuk' Misbah may declare retirement when he will face super fast 'Rockets' from Stein, Morkel & Philander.Scotland should have arranged a triangular ODI tournament including Bangladesh. We are eager to beat Scottish and Pakistanis to put off the word 'minnows' from our body for ever. We missed the chance to play against Pak in Pak because of security unrest in Pak.

  • Ind_champs on January 18, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    Good news for scotland. They are given a chance by quality team to see where they are. I think they deserve test status instead of bangladesh.

  • Energetic. on January 16, 2013, 23:24 GMT

    Hopefully Scotland will win those games and become the next Ireland and also a full member nation one day. The more teams in Cricket at the highest level the better future of Cricket will have and look fantastic. Get ready for embarrassment Pakistan you guys are no minnows so have everything to lose.

  • FRRR on January 16, 2013, 22:55 GMT

    Pakistan has always helped associate teams in the past. PCB should be appreciated for this effort, along with all Pakistani cricketers. Pakistan is also helping China to become a part of cricket.

  • SapnerJadukar on January 16, 2013, 21:35 GMT

    @coljj careful mr. When you say something about others as you acting a God and you know the future that BD can't beat pak in 3 decades to come. Take my word, it won't take that long, BD will beat Pak in their next couple of meetings any where in the world. And don't be so proudy, we all can undestand where pak cricket future is heading off. To me i can tell you it doesn't look good!!

  • Syed_imran_abbas on January 16, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    Good gesture by PCB. I think other teams should also few matches with associate teams. I am sure some of them are far better than Bangladesh. I hope they give a chance to some new guys.

  • armaan_kashif on January 16, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    @M_Rakibul_Islam: have some heart to bear it... BCB has badly exploited the grim conditions of PCB, one should never try to be that much miser in showing determination in commitments as BCB did. All My Sympathy are with you...

  • Umms on January 16, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    @M_Rakibul_Islam. That means people take notice pakistan losses and they are a hard team to beat. Despite all the controvorsies they are in, look at their track record. I have respect for other teams as well, but people need to respect pakistani team and their fans too. Scotland has a good chance against Pakistan, they need some seam bowling and couple of hitters in the middle order can derail pakistan attack. But pakistan should also consider their weaknesses in those games like chasing or fielding or innivatie captiancy whatever.

  • ColJJ on January 16, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    @ M_Rakibul_Islam: Mind your wording man, you said that Zim beat unpredictable Pakistan in two test matches and Bangladesh got test status by beating Pak in 1999. Firstly, Zim were very good side when they beat Pak. Secondly you should never forget courtesy to Pakistan who made BD eligible of playing test which they still don't deserve to play. If we are unpredictible, you are right. But BD are exactly predictible, every one knows prior to match that BD have still not got the ability to win and of course they won't. My open challenge to you, Can BD beat Pakistan within next 3 decades? No... not at all nor they would! Please omprove your cricket first then comment on world class test/ODI/T20I sie like Pakistan. Put your own house in order first.

  • cricfan85 on January 16, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    What people don't seem to get is the sacrafices pak cric has made over the years.controversies were the biggest highlights by media personals and that's all people remember and that's not only in cricket these days. No one remembers the good times in todays world.everyone is hungry for power, the more powerful one is, it'll use it to its own advantage. Oh yeah don't forget politics...

  • FRRR on January 16, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    It will be good for scotland to learn from a good team like Pakistan. They should try to follow the path of srilanka instead of bangladesh, in getting test status.

  • MAN_AT_WORK on January 16, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    @Shazli good for other nation to get help from Pakistan but no one try to help pakistan to get international series in Pakistan soil !

  • Shazaib_ali on January 16, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    Where are you from Sinhya?

  • MAN_AT_WORK on January 16, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    @Shazil just wondering how many country have u you helped ? apart from helping ur own country!!

  • AmjadZork on January 16, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    @Nildoria - FYI Afghanistan already visited Pakistan !!!

  • khurramsch on January 16, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    good thing. it will promote cricket. Icc should take initiative & do something to promote cricket apart from just giving cash to associates. During IPL window, apart from India, SL, AUS ( more players from these are in IPL ) , other teams like pakistan ( no player in IPL ) , England only few, SA ( few ) , most other teams should play associates during that window. ok not 11 first choice players available but even with 6/7 international players & few new guys would give smaller teams a practice. its a good way to promote cricket. its been ages that a full member was included in ICC.

  • malik-muhammad-basit on January 16, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    @sinha....pakistan lately played england,australia and india.you think they are not good teams.and what was pakistans record in these series..and now they are going to south africa whom i think is the number 1 ranked team in tests.whom else do you think they should play.i think you dont remember when your team was like an assosiate team and it was pakistan bcoz of whom you got test status.why you people always criticise pakistan.if pakistanis are so bad why do you invite them to flourish you so called cricket leagues.dont you remember srilankas recent test series against ausies

  • wiseshah on January 16, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    Scotland will pull out at the last moment and pak fan will start bashin them

  • Htc-Baseball on January 16, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    @GriffinRiZ: see we are better than india because we didn't lose 4-0 in england and australia and we made finals of world t20, so india is in that below level only, and pakistan could beat them 2-1 only that's why this comparison

  • davidatlas999 on January 16, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    i think winning against associat team will not impove any team ranking cause soon or latter they would to play against top team and thier ranking will blown down if they are not good enough.we should look at other side of the story a associat team getting chance against a good top team.this want a big heart cause we know playing against associat team will never provid money.so we need congrats pcb for this brave step.

  • Taha_Farrukh on January 16, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    Pakistan is the one who always support world cricket....before he help Bangla to get Test status now helping Ireland for improving their skills.....also help India to get more revenue also help Srilanka and Zim....so good work by PCB and Pakistan as well....

  • Nildoria on January 16, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    Australia, South Africa or may be England is playing with Pak in the future... But No one to go Pakistan. I dont think even Scotland or Afganistan is willing to go for a tour to Pak!!!

  • fasih123 on January 16, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    I think there should be no associates or affiliates policy because they have talented cricketers like Namibia have Louis van Westhuisen wgho broke Mcculums record in T20 and there records are bot official its a disappointment.When in Football there are international fixtures which is counted as official.

  • loki897 on January 16, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    Well that's what we need to see more from other nations. I rembember Pakistan going out of their comfort zone & travelling all the way to Ireland to play Ireland in 2011 whilst countries such as England don't even consider a one hour flight to play a few matches aganist Ireland.

  • frazenator01 on January 16, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    @Sinhya.. I dont think so playing with these nations improves rankings.but it gives a good opportunity to teams like scotland to progress..Aus also playing with them in september...are they playing for ranking as well?..Pak might not have international cricket in their own country but where ever they are playing..they are doing quiet good....and Rankings are not something to judge the real quality of a team.....just for an axample 3-0 test win against number one team in 2012....can give you more examples if you want...but if you know cricket well...you will know it yourself...

  • Sirio on January 16, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    Come-on Sinhya !!!. I don't know where have you got that idea from. Even a retarded person will know that these events are an excellent opportunities before any major tournament. Even Australia is playing in September. You go FYS hay.

  • frazenator01 on January 16, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    @Sinhya.. I dont think so playing with these nations improves rankings.but it gives a good opportunity to teams like scotland to progress..Aus also playing with them in september...are they playing for ranking as well?..Pak might not have international cricket in their own country but where ever they are playing..they are doing quiet good....and Rankings are not something to judge the real quality of a team.....just for an axample 3-0 test win against number one team in 2012....can give you more examples if you want...but if you know cricket well...you will know it yourself...

  • Captainman on January 16, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    Unlike India, Pakistan are one of the few teams that help and play associate teams and spread the game :P

  • GriffinRiZ on January 16, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    @Sinhya are you comparing India with Bangladesh,Ireland and Scotland?Pakistan next fixture is with SouthAfrica so you think thats also a poor team?grow up and talk sense,you are just proving yourself stupid by writing those type of comments!

  • Htc-Baseball on January 16, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    ha ha that's where pakistan cricket stands at the moment, they are forced to play against scotland ireland bangladesh india etc to improve their rankings

  • Htc-Baseball on January 16, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    ha ha that's where pakistan cricket stands at the moment, they are forced to play against scotland ireland bangladesh india etc to improve their rankings

  • GriffinRiZ on January 16, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    @Sinhya are you comparing India with Bangladesh,Ireland and Scotland?Pakistan next fixture is with SouthAfrica so you think thats also a poor team?grow up and talk sense,you are just proving yourself stupid by writing those type of comments!

  • Captainman on January 16, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    Unlike India, Pakistan are one of the few teams that help and play associate teams and spread the game :P

  • frazenator01 on January 16, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    @Sinhya.. I dont think so playing with these nations improves rankings.but it gives a good opportunity to teams like scotland to progress..Aus also playing with them in september...are they playing for ranking as well?..Pak might not have international cricket in their own country but where ever they are playing..they are doing quiet good....and Rankings are not something to judge the real quality of a team.....just for an axample 3-0 test win against number one team in 2012....can give you more examples if you want...but if you know cricket well...you will know it yourself...

  • Sirio on January 16, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    Come-on Sinhya !!!. I don't know where have you got that idea from. Even a retarded person will know that these events are an excellent opportunities before any major tournament. Even Australia is playing in September. You go FYS hay.

  • frazenator01 on January 16, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    @Sinhya.. I dont think so playing with these nations improves rankings.but it gives a good opportunity to teams like scotland to progress..Aus also playing with them in september...are they playing for ranking as well?..Pak might not have international cricket in their own country but where ever they are playing..they are doing quiet good....and Rankings are not something to judge the real quality of a team.....just for an axample 3-0 test win against number one team in 2012....can give you more examples if you want...but if you know cricket well...you will know it yourself...

  • loki897 on January 16, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    Well that's what we need to see more from other nations. I rembember Pakistan going out of their comfort zone & travelling all the way to Ireland to play Ireland in 2011 whilst countries such as England don't even consider a one hour flight to play a few matches aganist Ireland.

  • fasih123 on January 16, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    I think there should be no associates or affiliates policy because they have talented cricketers like Namibia have Louis van Westhuisen wgho broke Mcculums record in T20 and there records are bot official its a disappointment.When in Football there are international fixtures which is counted as official.

  • Nildoria on January 16, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    Australia, South Africa or may be England is playing with Pak in the future... But No one to go Pakistan. I dont think even Scotland or Afganistan is willing to go for a tour to Pak!!!

  • Taha_Farrukh on January 16, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    Pakistan is the one who always support world cricket....before he help Bangla to get Test status now helping Ireland for improving their skills.....also help India to get more revenue also help Srilanka and Zim....so good work by PCB and Pakistan as well....