Scotland news January 16, 2013

Scotland to play two ODIs against Pakistan

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • 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...