Cricket Scotland has today announced a 15 player squad for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup in Australia next month.
Richie Berrington will lead the side which includes Chris Greaves who made his debut at last years ICC T20 World Cup scoring a match winning 45 versus Bangladesh. Matt Cross will keep wicket and deputise for Berrington.
The squad also features the uncapped Brandon McMullen who impressed at the Regional series and A team matches with both bat and ball as a genuine all-rounder. He will provide the squad with an option to be versatile in any role.
The selection was made after an exciting weekend of Men’s T20 Blitz cricket at Ayr and Clydesdale where the strength in depth was evident to see and forty players were considered for selection.
Scotland men’s Head Coach Shane Burger said “It was good to see other younger players put performances in under pressure, and I have no doubt their opportunities will come in the not-too-distant future. For us to have 40 plus names on the table for selection is testament to the system growing the talent base and providing the senior Men’s team with options.”
Scotland will be looking to the experienced Richie Berrington, George Munsey, Matt Cross and Calum MacLeod to lead the batting attack, whilst the bowlers will feature Mark Watt, Safyann Sharif, Hamza Tahir, Brad Wheal and Josh Davey who share 188 T20 international wickets between them.
Burger continued “We are very pleased and excited to announce our 15 players for the T20 World Cup. We have selected 15 that we believe will make the desired impact we are looking for. For those players who are not going to the world cup, we look forward to seeing them challenging for international honours in years to come.
“The squad has a blend of youth and experience alongside locally based players and County representatives. The balance of the team and chemistry is crucial to contributing to performances at the World Cup. We believe we have a good mix of the above and have selected players that are in form and can perform under pressure.”
Cricket Scotland’s interim Head of Performance Toby Bailey said “I would like to thank George Salmond for chairing the selection meeting and Moneeb Iqbal for acting as an advisor. These two roles provided thorough checks and useful challenges to the process, enabling Shane Burger and the selectors to pick the World Cup Squad.”
Scotland’s take on the West Indies in their opening match at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart on Monday 17th October (5am GMT).
R Berrington (Capt)
M Cross (Vice-captain)
The selection process can be found HERE.