In a surprising reversal, John Davison has negotiated his release from South Australia to play for Canada in the semi-final of the first ICC Intercontinental Cup trophy against the UAE in Sharjah on November 16-18. Previous reports had suggested that Davison was wary of missing two Pura Cup matches for South Australia, with whom he has been struggling to cement a first-team place.
Davison will replace Desmond Chumney, who is injured, and take over the captaincy of Canada - which had been handed to Ian Billcliff. But, if Canada manage to overhaul UAE, Davison will miss the final in Sharjah on November 20-22 as South Australia require him for Pura Cup duty.
In the other semi-final, Kenya take on Scotland at Abu Dhabi. Kenya will be led by Rageb Aga in the absence of Hitesh Modi, who is getting married in England on November 19.
The four semi-finalists announced their squads today. Scotland's squad includes Dougie Brown and Gavin Hamilton, both of whom have played one-day internationals for England.
Canada squad John Davison (capt), Ashif Mulla, Ian Billcliff, Austin Codrington, Haninder Dhillon, Sunil Dhaniram, Don Maxwell, Ashish Patel, Kevin Sandher, Umar Bhatti, Zubin Surkari, Sanjayan Thuraisingam, Jason Patraj.
Kenya squad Rageb Aga (capt), Rajesh Bhudiya, Ravindu Shah, Lameck Ngoche, Anitkumar Bhudia, Kalpesh Patel, Stephen David Okumu, Tanmay Mishra, Malhar Patel, Jadavji Bhimji, Timothy Muange, Abeed Janmohamed, Brijal Patel.
Scotland squad Craig Wright (capt), Douglas Lockhart, Paul Hoffmann, Gavin Hamilton, David Watts, Gregor Maiden, Ryan Watson, Douglas Brown, John Blain, Colin Smith, Cedric English, Kyle Coetzer, Asim Butt.
UAE squad Mohamed Tauqir (capt), Ali Asad Abbas, Khuram Khan, Syed Maqsood Ahmed, Arshad Ali, Naeemuddin Aslam, Ram Veera Rai, Kashif Hussain Khan Tareen, Muhammad Taskeen Sadique, Rizwan Ahmed, Sameer Zia, Zahid Shah, Muhamad Atif.