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Scotland dip into county talent

Firdose Moonda

September 26, 2012

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Scotland have included four English county regulars in their fifteen-man squad to play in South Africa next month. The players are eligible for Scotland because of a change in ICC regulations which allows cricketers with British passports and Scottish parentage, instead of only those who were born or live in Scotland as was the case before, to play for the country.

The quartet are Matt Machan who plays for Sussex as a top order batsman, Robert Taylor, the 22-year-old Leicestershire allrounder and wicketkeepers David Murphy of Northamptonshire and Richard Coughtrie from Gloucestershire. Integrating the players into the squad is part of Scotland's long-term plan to build a side that will be able to qualify for the 2014 World Twenty20 and the 2015 World Cup.

"Cricket Scotland has always taken great pride in its teams having a majority of home grown cricketers, who are products of our excellent age group and academy system," Andy Tennant, the head of performance said. "This will always be our aim. However where we can supplement our squad with eligible Scots who have been developed elsewhere, we will."

One other uncapped player has been included in the squad, allrounder Michael Leask, while the rest of the party includes familiar faces such as Richie Berrington and Gordon Goudie. They are missing two regulars with regular captain Gordon Drummond having work commitments and Kyle Coetzer on honeymoon.

The squad will spend a month in South Africa from October 6. They will be based in Potchefstroom, considered one of the best facilities for training purposes given its proximity to the university and equipment available there. It was used by England for a bowling camp late last year, is the venue of choice for Australia during ICC tournaments in South Africa and it was the base of Spanish football team ahead of the 2010 World Cup.

They will play matches under first-class conditions, plus 50-over and 20-over fixtures mostly against South African amateur sides, Highveld Strikers and North-West Dragons. The camp begins with a marquee match day on October 9, when Scotland play IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders and South African franchise Highveld Lions on the same day. Both KKR and the Lions will be preparing for the CLT20, which will be hosted in South Africa.

Squad Richie Berrington, Richard Coughtrie, Josh Davey, Alistair Evans, Ryan Flannigan, Gordon Goudie, Majid Haq, Moneeb Iqbal, Michael Leask, Matt Machan, Calum MacLeod, Preston Mommsen (capt), David Murphy, Safyaan Sharif and Rob Taylor

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by Anil_Koshy on (September 28, 2012, 3:47 GMT)

ICC should do something to encourage teams like Scotland, Ireland and Holland. They have good number of local players unlike Canada, UAE and USA who rely mainly on expatriates. There should be a separate World Cup every year comprising of upcoming associate members like Scotland, Ireland and Holland, Afghanistan, Nepal, Kenya, Uganda etc.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (September 27, 2012, 13:07 GMT)

Horrified to find out that England has been stealing Scottish players too!!

Posted by Harvey on (September 27, 2012, 7:16 GMT)

To be honest I always assumed that someone with Scottish parentage would be eligible to play for them anyway. I'm surprised to hear that wasn't the case until recently.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

Good on them, tap England for a few players before they start tapping you, I say! I hope it goes well for them, another very strong non test playing nation would be very good for the game.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 3:24 GMT)

Once again a side will be playing overseas players to make the numbers up! good for the four English lads though as they will be gaining more experience.

Posted by huttse96 on (September 26, 2012, 23:32 GMT)

great news for scotland! also 14 PNG players are playing in australia on the Gold Coast now.

Posted by SirViv1973 on (September 26, 2012, 19:19 GMT)

@eddsnake, It think the situation is a little different to that of Hol. A lot of their players were born outside of Hol and have qualified through residency. Which is a bit a kin to a EPL footballer coming from Italy to play for a club and then being given the chance to play for Eng after living here for 4 yrs. With the relaxation of eligibility rules the players called up by Sco have Scottish parentage so at least they will feel a bit Scottish even if they were born and raised south of the border. Don't get me wrong I think it's important the scots keep a core of scot born and bred players, It wouldn't do the game any good up there if they ended up like the Rugby league team with a mixture of Eng & Aus & perhaps a single token scot. Scot have had a few but not many players play county cricket so if they are to improve and be able to compete against the likes of Zim,Ban,Ire & Afgh then it makes sense to import a few established county based players.

Posted by Surajdon9 on (September 26, 2012, 16:03 GMT)

scotlland has lot to prove in internation cricket.......

Posted by eddsnake on (September 26, 2012, 15:37 GMT)

So Scotland look like going the same way as Holland-i.e. a side where actual nationals of the country are in the minority. By my reckoning only 7 out of 15 in that tour party were actually born in Scotland.

Posted by Sportsscientist on (September 26, 2012, 15:08 GMT)

well done scotland. i suppose to avoid the situation that ireland are in they are choosing to do winter tours outside of the northen hemisphere summer to avoid clashes. maybe ireland should take not. it ireland and scotland can develop sides storng enough, it will increase cricket in the UK.

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