Scotland Women will face neighbours Ireland Women in a four-match T20I series, in what will be their first international action for both sides since the Covid-19 pandemic hit. The series will run from May 23 to May 27, with Stormont set to stage all four games. The last time Scotland and Ireland were in action was at the T20 World Cup qualifier in 2019, with both teams missing out the main event.
This will be Scotland's first assignment under new coach Mark Coles, who had replaced Steve Knox.
Cricket Scotland and Cricket Ireland have been working together to get this series underway for a while. More recently, their attempt to hold the series in Spain earlier this March didn't come to pass because of Covid-19 travel restrictions.
"I want to thank Cricket Ireland High Performance Director Richard Holdsworth and all of his team for the effort that they have put into making this series possible," Gus Mackay, the Cricket Scotland CEO, said in a media release. "Our women's side have a crucial year ahead of them and being able to play competitive international cricket in preparation for that is absolutely essential. I'm grateful to everyone involved for making this happen and looking forward to seeing both teams out on the pitch in Belfast."
Scotland's 14-member squad will be led by Kathryn Bryce, with her younger sister Sarah appointed vice-captain. The Bryce sisters had displayed strong form in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy in 2020. Sarah was the second-highest scorer in the tournament while Kathryn was the second-highest wicket-taker.
The uncapped pair of Ikra Farooq and Alisa Lister could potentially make their international debuts. Hannah Rainey, though, is unavailable for the upcoming series.
Squad: Kathryn Bryce (captain), Sarah Bryce (vice-captain), Becky Glen, Lorna Jack, Abbi Aitken-Drummond, Ikra Farooq, Abtaha Maqsood, Samantha Haggo, Katie Mcgill, Priyanaz Chatterji, Ailsa Lister, Katherine Fraser, Ellen Watson, Megan McColl.