Scotland U19 WCQ Squad announced
The Scotland U19 squad that will compete in the International Cricket Council U19 European Qualifier in Holland this August has been announced today (22 July 2013).
Due to cost cutting alterations made to the qualifying process by the ICC, only one team from Europe will go straight into the 2014 U19 World Cup, rather than one team progressing straight into a european qualifier and one automatically qualifing, as on previous occasions.
The European qualifier takes place between 2- 8 August 2013, and also features the Netherlands, Denmark, Guernsey, Jersey and Ireland.
The Scotland squad will be captained by Ross McLean and will also contain Andrew Umeed, Nick Farrar and Gavin Main, all of whom travelled to the U19 ICC World Cup in Australia last summer.
Scotland won the 2010 tournament in Ireland by winning all five matches, including a 109 run victory in the final game against Jersey. They will meet the same opposition first up in Holland, followed by matches against the Dutch, Denmark and Guernsey, before concluding the campaign against Ireland at the VOC.
Ruaidhri Smith, who played in the previous World Cup campaign, is unavailable due to the current ICC eligibility criteria.
Scotland U19 coach Craig Wright commented, “Our recent record in qualifying is solid, and we need to make sure we continue that. There is no margin for error given the changes to the qualifying process this time. There are a number of players in the squad who already know what U19 representative cricket is all about and have good experience of playing in these tournaments.”
Scotland U19 squad in full –
Ross McLean (Arbroath) (captain), Niall Alexander (Dumfries), Alex Baum (Greenock), Will Edwards (Grange), Michael English (Ferguslie), Nick Farrar (Stirling County), Chayank Gosain (Carlton), Lyle Hill (Clydesdale), Gavin Main (Uddingston & Durham Academy), Zander Muir (Grange), Abdul Sabri (Drumpellier), Kyle Stirling (Carlton), Andrew Umeed (West of Scotland), Mark Watt (Heriots)
|2 August||Scotland v Jersey||Voorburg|
|3 August||Netherlands v Scotland||VOC, Rotterdam|
|5 August||Scotland v Denmark||Excelsior '20, Schiedam|
|6 August||Scotland v Guernsey||VOC, Rotterdam|
|8 August||Scotland v Ireland||Voorburg|