A 14-strong squad has been selected for Scotland Men’s first ever tour to Oman.
Eleven of the group featured in the team’s last international assignments back in June – the ODI victory over England, the T20I series against Pakistan, and the T20I series triumph over Ireland and the Netherlands. There is also room for two new faces.
Adrian Neill and Chris Greaves earn their first senior call-ups after impressing for Scotland A and in domestic cricket. Ruaidhri Smith also returns after a strong season with Glamorgan.
Acting Head Coach, Toby Bailey, commented, “We are really excited to be playing cricket again. A number of players have had opportunities to play abroad in the winter, but most have been developing their skills indoors which were identified in La Manga and are itching to put them to the test in Oman. It is also fantastic that Calum MacLeod, Safyaan Sharif and Kyle Coetzer have had opportunities to play in T20 leagues around the world, raising the profile of Scottish Cricket.
“The squad has the balance of attacking dynamic cricket with points of difference which will be essential in Oman and the T20 World Cup Qualifier later in the year.
“We are delighted that Adrian Neill has developed so much in the last year with the help of Gloucestershire and Owen Dawkins who will also join the coaching staff for the tour. Adrian now has the engine and skills to match his 6-foot-8 frame to be a real menace at international level.
“We also wanted to introduce the leg spin skill set of Chris Greaves and it will be exciting to see this other dimension added to our spin unit. Chris impressed at the end of the Tilney T20 series and in La Manga. He also adds strength to the batting line up down the order and has recently been training with Pakistan in South Africa, learning from Yasir Shah and Shadab Khan.
“We are also excited to see Ruaidhri Smith back in the squad after a successful T20 campaign with Glamorgan, including a 4-6 against Middlesex. He will not only add strength to our seam attack but also to the batting and fielding unit. Ruaidhri also impressed in La Manga and it will be great to see him back in a Scotland shirt.
“We are looking forward to the challenge of continuing the success of last year, and the quadrangular tournament and one day series against Oman represent an ideal opportunity to do this.”
Scotland will tackle Oman, Ireland and Netherlands in a T20I Quadrangular beginning on 13 February, before taking on the hosts in a three-match 50-over series.
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The squad in full:
Kyle Coetzer (captain, Highlanders)
Richie Berrington (Warriors)
Matthew Cross (Warriors)
Ally Evans (Knights)
Chris Greaves (Highlanders)
Michael Leask (Highlanders)
Calum MacLeod (Warriors)
George Munsey (Knights)
Adrian Neill (Gloucestershire)
Safyaan Sharif (Highlanders)
Ruaidhri Smith (Glamorgan)
Hamza Tahir (Warriors)
Craig Wallace (Highlanders)
Mark Watt (Knights)