Scotland in UAE 2012-13 February 18, 2013

New faces brighten Scotland squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

Neil Carter, the former Warwickshire seamer, is one of a number of new faces included in the Scotland squad for their tour of the UAE in March, where they will face Afghanistan in all forms of the game.

Carter, who retired from county cricket at the end of 2012 after over a decade with Warwickshire, is hoping to extend his career with Scotland and will add experience to a young crop of bowlers chiefly aiming to earn a place at the 2015 World Cup.

David Murphy, the Northamptonshire wicketkeeper, Sussex batsman Matt Machan, and Rob Taylor, the Leicestershire allrounder, have also been selected after impressing on Scotland's uncapped tour of South Africa in October. Another county cricketer, Yorkshire seamer Iain Wardlaw, has been included in the party for the eight-match tour.

Scotland will play three warm-up matches before two T20 internationals on March 3 and 4. They precede the main part of the tour with two crucial World Cricket League matches. Scotland will be hoping to consolidate their position in the top two of the Championship table - the qualifying positions for the World Cup. With six matches to play, Scotland are two points behind Ireland and a point ahead of both Netherlands and UAE. Afghanistan are a further three points back.

The final leg of the tour sees Scotland and Afghanistan vying for a place in the final of the Intercontinental Cup. Scotland are currently second in the table, again behind Ireland, with Afghanistan third.

"This is a massive few weeks for the team in terms of reaching the 2015 World Cup and another Intercontinental Cup final," Scotland captain Gordon Drummond said. "The new look squad has a good balance to it and gives us a great deal of options. The players have been training intensively since the start of the year and we are looking forward to getting back onto the pitch and challenging the talented Afghanistan team. It is important for us that we get off to a good start ahead of what is a huge year of cricket for Scotland."

Scotland have benefitted from a relaxation of the qualification rules. Previously, players had to be born in or spend 100 days a year in the country to represent them. Now, players can qualify through a parent.

Iain Kennedy, Scotland chairman of selectors, said this selection was the most "challenging and exciting" of recent times. "It's very rare that you would get such an influx of talented individuals to pick from," he said. "Hopefully our new players will gel quickly with our current squad and we get the positive results we are all hoping for against Afghanistan".

Scotland squad to play Afghanistan
Richie Berrington, Neil Carter, Kyle Coetzer, Josh Davey, Gordon Drummond (captain), Gordon Goudie, Majid Haq, Moneeb Iqbal, Matt Machan, Calum MacLeod, David Murphy, Preston Mommsen, Safyaan Sharif, Rob Taylor, Iain Wardlaw

February 23, UAE Blues, Sharjah, 50-over warm up
February 26, UAE Blues, Abu Dhabi, 50-over warm up
February 28, UAE Blues, Dubai, 50-over warm up
March 3, Afghanistan, T20, Sharjah
March 4, Afghanistan, T20, Sharjah
March 6, Afghanistan, World Cricket League, Sharjah
March 8, Afghanistan, World Cricket League, Sharjah
March 12-15, Afghanistan, Intercontinental Cup, Abu Dhabi

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  • Dummy4 on February 21, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    Cricket!!!! what a lovely word!!!!!!!! Cricket brought unity to Afghanistan, and is playing a vital role in bringing security to the Afghan people. I am proud of Afghan cricket team, they shown the talent to whole world and have already challenged the test nations. Four of Afghanistan top players played in BPL, the Bangladesh premier league and showed that they have the capacity and talent. The rest of the Afghan players had a tour of Pakistan that just ended. They played very well and had good times.

    Hope we will win the series against Scotland and then next against Kenya which are very vital matches for our qualification to the world cup 2015.

  • reazul on February 19, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    @edwards Ireland usully have 4/5 players in their 15 men squad(mostly bowlers) who are not developed by Irish cricket.Only last year they recruited Tim Murtagh(Eng) and Max Sorensen(SA).Whenever they felt like hiring someone they are doing it to rectify team balance.This only goes to show that they don't have 11 competent Irish players to field in their team.Scotland is following in the same direction.Agree with you about England & NZ.

  • Cricinfouser on February 18, 2013, 20:59 GMT

    Usual silly discussion about who is 'pinching' players and, even more absurdly, 'dumping' them. In the 21st century, people move from country to country and most nations are becoming more cosmopolitan. As a result, more and more cricketers are potentially eligible to play for more than one country. Only the player can choose which one to represent. Unsurprisingly the better ones opt for test playing countries while the rest take their chances with associate nations.

  • Sam on February 18, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    @tatactg, of the 15 memeber squad, only 5 are from English counties. Re Ireland, almost all their players are homegrown. In case you didn't notice, England has already pinched Morgan & Rankin and is keeping its sights on Stirling and Dockrell.In fact, England and NZ seem to have become the dumping ground for Sa and Aus cricketers, won't you agree?

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