Scotland squad for Pakistan fixtures
From Cricket Scotland, Photo: Donald MacLeod
The Scotland squad has been announced for the two upcoming One Day Internationals against Pakistan on Friday 17th and Sunday 19th of May.
Kyle Coetzer leads his side out for the first time after being unveiled as Gordon Drummond’s successor as captain, 10 years since he made his Scotland debut, fittingly against Pakistan, at Hamilton Crescent in 2003.
Competition for places has been intense with some encouraging performances from the Saltires in the Yorkshire Bank 40 competition. Former U19 batsman Freddie Coleman has earned his inclusion in the squad following his 64 runs against Essex on Sunday.
Majid Haq will have the opportunity to become Scotland's leading wicket-taker in One Day International matches - he currently has 41 scalps to his name, the same number as John Blain.
Fellow Cricket Scotland contracted players Richie Berrington and Moneeb Iqbal have made the squad, along with vice-captain Preston Mommsen, who will look to continue the recent form that has seen him score 130 unbeaten runs against Hampshire and Essex in the 2013 YB40.
All-rounder Rob Taylor is included after performing well for Leicestershire, whilst there is a place for Northamptonshire’s first choice glove-man David Murphy. Neil Carter and Ian Wardlaw will also be looking to make an impact after making their debuts for Scotland against Afghanistan earlier in the year.
Tickets are selling fast for the two games with the Sunday match very close to being sold out. The remaining tickets are available at Portgower Place and it is recommended that tickets are purchased in advance to avoid disappointment on the day if capacity is reached.
Following the squad announcement, Scotland head coach Pete Steindl said, “We are really looking forward to the challenge. Pakistan are full of fantastic cricketers, but we will be bringing our fighting qualities, and expect a strong performance in front of a home crowd.”
New Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer also added," “It will be an immense honour and a fantastic occasion which will fill me with pride leading out my country against a cricketing powerhouse like Pakistan - especially at the home of Scottish Cricket. More importantly though, we are seeing this as a great opportunity to showcase our skills and test ourselves against one of the best teams in the world.”
Kyle Coetzer (Captain), Preston Mommsen (Vice-captain), Richie Berrington, Neil Carter, Freddie Coleman, Josh Davey, Gordon Drummond, Majid Haq, Moneeb Iqbal, Matt Machan, David Murphy, Rob Taylor, Iain Wardlaw.
Misbah-ul-Haq (Captain), Nasir Jamshed, Imran Farhat, Mohammad Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, , Shoaib Malik, Umar Amin, Kamran Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Abdul Rehman, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Asad Ali, Ehsan Adil Wahab Riaz.