Scotland to host UAE in August
Scotland will play their Intercontinental Cup and World Cricket League Championship fixtures against United Arab Emirates in Aberdeen this August.
On August 9th-12th Scotland will look to continue their I-Cup campaign at Mannofield in Round 4 of the multi day format competition.
Following the opening rain affected fixture last June in Stirling in which Scotland took the best of the bonus points available in a drawn game against Afghanistan it has been a tough first half of the 7 round competition for Grant Bradburn's men.
A narrow loss to The Netherlands in September 2015 was followed by unprecedented weather in Hong Kong that wiped out all four days of that fixture. It means a win against the UAE will be crucial to keep hopes alive of winning the I-Cup and making the Test Championship alive
The WCLC matches which have full One Day International status follow at the same venue on the 14th and 16th August. Scotland again started strongly in Round 1 with a duo of victories over Nepal but the weather again caught up with the squad wiping out both fixtures in Holland and one of the two scheduled games in Hong Kong.
The UAE have begun to hit some form after a tough period following their participation in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. Some strong performances at the start of the year in the Twenty20 format included defeating Scotland in a T20I in Dubai earlier this year and they are sure to offer a stiff test for a Scotland team who will be keen to secure two wins.
On returning to the Granite City to play for the first time since May 2014 when Scotland hosted England, Cricket Scotland CEO Malcolm Cannon was enthusiastic about the summer ahead "It's great to be able to take these games to Aberdeen and being able to offer the chance for fans across Scotland to see international cricket is important to us. Having played international games in the I-Cup, WCLC and WT20 Qualifiers in Stirling, Ayr and Edinburgh last summer we are grateful to Aberdeenshire CC for hosting us at Mannofield".
Cannon also spoke about other potential matches in 2016 and touched on the future for international home fixtures in Scotland "We are close in our discussions with 2 more nations for another 4 home ODI's this summer and as soon as we have these finalised and agreed then we'll be in a position to share the details with everyone
We are also working extremely hard behind the scenes to put in place agreements for 2017 and 2018 to make sure we are putting together a competitive and high profile set of fixtures on the home international calender for both our Men's and Women's teams".
Intercontinental Cup – Scotland v UAE - Tuesday 9th to Friday 12th August – Mannofield, Aberdeen
World Cricket League Championship – Scotland v UAE - Sunday 14th August (Reserve Day Monday 15th August)
World Cricket League Championship – Scotland v UAE – Tuesday 16th August (Reserve Day Wednesday 17th August)