Scotland’s men’s team has arrived in Dubai for the next round of Cricket World Cup League Two, to be played against UAE and USA between Sharjah Cricket Stadium and ICC Academy Oval 1 in United Arab Emirates.
Here, we give you everything you need to know on the competition, our squad, fixtures and the backroom staff who will be supporting Scotland as we aim to stay top of the Cricket World Cup League Two table.
What is Cricket World Cup League Two?
Cricket World Cup League Two is a pathway to both the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 (to be held in India) and the ODI Super League, a 13-team tournament which currently sees all 12 Full Members plus Netherlands playing 24 matches across a two-and-a-half year cycle.
Scotland narrowly missed out on qualification for the ODI Super League in 2017, and are therefore joined by Namibia, Nepal, Oman, PNG, UAE and USA in Cricket World Cup League Two which features 36 matches per team between 2019 and 2021. The tournament kicked off in Aberdeen in August 2019.
For qualification to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in India, Scotland must place in the top three of Cricket World Cup League Two, join the bottom five of the Super League and top two from the Qualifier Play-Off in Challenge League A and B for a 10-team qualification tournament. Two will progress to the World Cup.
Scotland has won three of their first four Cricket World Cup League Two matches leaving them top in the standings on net run rate.
To join the Super League, Scotland must top Cricket World Cup League Two and play-off against the bottom team in the Super League.
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Shane Burger, men’s Head Coach, is joined by Assistant Coach Grant Morgan for the tour in UAE. They will be supported by Will Smith as Team Manager and Dean Conway as Physiotherapist.
Will Smith, ex-Durham cricketer, joined Cricket Scotland earlier in the summer as Host Event Manager for the duration of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier held in Dundee. He has been appointed Team Manager for the two week tour and will provide additional coaching support.
Dean Conway joins the tour as Physiotherapist. Dean brings 30 years of experience working in elite sport to the tour, previously working as Head Physiotherapist at England Cricket for over ten years, Head of Medical Services at Surrey County Cricket Club over four years and Head of Science and Medicine at Glamorgan County Cricket Club from 1989-2019 inclusive.
All fixtures will be streamed to Emirates Cricket Board’s YouTube channel.