Scotland announce squad for Hong Kong
The Scotland selectors today announced their squad of 15 for the next round of World Cricket League and Intercontinental Cup fixtures in January and February against Hong Kong.
These will be important fixtures for the squad as they also prepare for the ICC World T20 in India in early March.
Preston Mommsen’s side will feature 19-year-old right-arm pace-man Bradley Wheal after impressing during his first season at Hampshire.
Wheal who made his first Scottish appearance last summer in Glasgow a Scotland XI defeated the MCC in August, taking 7 wickets in the match, qualifies through his Scottish mother.
Matt Machan is the only other addition after missing Scotland’s successful World T20 Qualifying campaign in July 2015. Machan carved out a strong season with Sussex, which has subsequentially earned him a new deal at Hove.
On the release of the squad Scotland head coach Grant Bradburn said, “Hong Kong are going to be tough opponents in all formats, particularly on home soil. We know them well and respect them as a strong fellow associate nation.
As a squad this Scotland team are determined to continue showing a growing strength in our performances in all three formats of the game.
As a squad we have had some precious time together reflecting on 2015 and planning ahead for the first quarter of 2016. I am hugely impressed with the skills within this squad and the desire to continually improve.
The players have embraced the variety of skill development in the off season which has included Boxing, Pilates and Hot Yoga to complement specific skill enhancement".
Scotland squad in full:
Preston Mommsen (Captain), Alasdair Evans, Bradley Wheal, Calum MacLeod, Con de Lange, George Munsey, Josh Davey, Kyle Coetzer, Mark Watt, Matt Machan, Matthew Cross, Michael Leask, Richie Berrington, Rob Taylor, Safyaan Sharif.
Scotland tour of Hong Kong
• January 21-24 I-Cup match
• January 26 First ODI
• January 28 Second ODI
• January 30 First T20I
• January 31 Second T20I
Gavin Main is unavailable for Hong Kong due to electing to play in NZ early Jan – Feb. He remains available for T20 WC selection.
Ruaidhri Smith is unavailable for Hong Kong due to exams in January. Smith remains available for T20 WC selection.