Two county academy players, Gavin Main and Andrew Umeed, have been selected in Scotland's squad for the Under-19 World Cup. Fast bowler Main, who recently signed for Durham, and Warwickshire batsman Umeed were among the 15-man squad, which will be led by Ross McLean and also includes 16-year-old spinner Ryan Brown.
McLean, Main and Umeed, along with Nick Farrar, will all be playing in their second U-19 World Cup. Scotland are the only European Associate featuring in the UAE, having beaten Ireland in the final of the qualifier, and will look to improve on their best U-19 World Cup finish of 12th in 2012.
Glamorgan's Ruaidhri Smith, who was controversially ruled ineligible for Scotland's regional qualifying campaign last year despite having played at the previous Under-19 World Cup, has not been included due to university commitments.
The Scotland squad are due to take part in a week-long training camp in Sri Lanka, as well as warm-up matches against Afghanistan and England, ahead of the start of the tournament on February 14. They will face India, Pakistan and Papua New Guinea in Group A.
"The players have earned the right to test themselves against the best players in the world at their age group," Scotland's U-19 head coach, Craig Wright, said. "They performed with impressive consistency in the qualifying tournament last year and now have a fantastic opportunity to show what they are capable of on the World stage."
McLean said: "We definitely believe Scotland can cause an upset. We have players in the squad who played in the last World Cup, so have a better understanding of what to expect and will be drawing on that experience."
Scotland U19 World Cup squad: Ross McLean (capt), Alex Baum (wk), Ryan Brown, Will Edwards, Michael English, Nick Farrar, Chayank Gosain, Gavin Main, Zander Muir, Abdul Sabri, Chris Sole, Kyle Stirling, Andrew Umeed, Mark Watt, Stuart Whittingham