Scotland meet Afghanistan in Intercontinental Cup opener
Cricket Scotland today announce the start of their Intercontinental Cup campaign against Afghanistan at New Williamfield on June 2nd.
The four day competition, which potentially offers the winning Associate the chance to achieve Test status, will run from 2015 through to 2017.
The side that wins the round-robin league will play the bottom-ranked Test team on the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings in the ICC Test Challenge in 2018.
Scotland were victorious in the maiden Intercontinental Cup competition back in November 2004, with an 84 run win against Canada in Sharjah, and also reached the final in 2009/10 – but were beaten by opening opponents Afghanistan.
It has also been announced that a three day fixture against an United Arab Emirates XI at the Ageas Bowl in Hampshire has been scheduled for 26th-28th May.
The match will feature a Scotland XI, which will not be a capped game, ahead of their Intercontinental Cup opener.
ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: “The ICC Intercontinental Cup is now the platform for emerging nations to fulfil their ambitions of playing Test cricket. It will therefore be fantastic to see the strongest Associates face off in an exciting competition, with great context, that will showcase world cricket’s growing pool of talent.”
The Scots will also play their first ICC Pepsi World Cricket League Championship fixture against Nepal, but details are still to be confirmed.
2015 Scotland Fixtures:
- 26-29 May – Scotland v UAE, Ageas Bowl, Hampshire
- 2-5 June – Scotland v Afghanistan, Stirling (Intercontinental Cup)
- tbc – Scotland v Nepal, tbc (ICC Pepsi World Cricket League Championship)
- tbc - Scotland v Nepal, tbc (ICC Pepsi World Cricket League Championship)