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Scotland to play Afghanistan

Cricket Scotland @CricketScotland
December 18, 2018 3 months
Scotland to play Afghanistan
Scotland celebrate an early wicket versus Afghanistan. Picture by Donald MacLeod -

Afghanistan will visit Scotland as part of next year’s Summer Internationals and will play the men’s international side on 8th and 10th May in Edinburgh at the Grange.

Afghanistan, who were granted Full ICC membership in 2017, last visited Scotland in July 2016 for two One Day Internationals at the Grange.

In their last encounter earlier this year at the ICC World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe, Scotland recorded one of their most professional performances in a thrilling 7 wicket victory.

Having bowled out Afghanistan for 255, a brilliant century from Calum Macleod (157*) was complimented by a fine innings from Richie Berrington (67*) to guide Scotland to a stunning victory in the first match of their qualifiers.

Acting head coach Toby Bailey commented “Our win versus Afghanistan earlier this year was for me the highlight of 2018, as we played them at their own game. It was very pleasing to watch the team manage their world-class spin attack with the skills we had been developing throughout the winter.”

Commenting on next year’s international fixtures, Cricket Scotland CEO Malcolm Cannon said “It is fantastic to have attracted two Full Members for our Summer Internationals and we are delighted to be playing Afghanistan in May.”

He added “With our quadrangular series in February and the new ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 starting in July, 2019 looks set to be a busy year for the men’s international team.”

Shafiqullah Stanikzai, CEO Afghanistan Cricket Board commented: “We are excited about the two-match ODI series with Scotland in May 2019 which is the best possible timing from weather forecast perspective. It would be helpful for Afghanistan in terms of conditioning ahead of the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England and Wales.

“Scotland is a strong side and has given us tough time in the past and we are very much looking forward to competitive cricket again in May this year.”

Details of further matches will be announced in early 2019 and tickets for the Summer Internationals will go on sale in January following a presale for Personal and Saltire members.

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