Cricket Scotland Launches Domestic Pro Series
Cricket Scotland has launched a new Pro Series competition for 2013 to replace the existing Cricket Scotland Regional Series structure.
The two new teams will play each other in series of three-day, one-day and Twenty20 matches and will feature the best Scottish cricketers, including all 14 contracted Scotland players.
Recent ICC Targeted Assistance Performance Programme (TAPP) funding has helped Cricket Scotland develop the Pro Series.
"The establishment of the two new pro teams has two clear objectives - to further raise the standard of play at the highest level domestically, while also providing a sustainable platform for professional cricket in Scotland," Performance Director Andy Tennent said.
"It is no secret that we hope the Pro Series will grow into something bigger in future, with a potential cross border competition providing obvious benefits for all concerned," he added.
Chief Executive Roddy Smith added: "While the establishment of the two new Pro Teams is crucial to our high performance aspirations, Cricket Scotland also remains totally committed to strengthening the regional infrastructure and supporting our league associations.
"Both the WDCU (Western District Cricket Union) and ESCA (East of Scotland Cricket Association) will field select teams against the touring Japanese national team this summer.
"In addition, and extending the now established Under 15 and Under 18 inter-regional tri-series tournaments, a new three-region tournament at senior level is hoped to be introduced in due course, the inter-regional concept being something that we are keen to develop to give the best club cricketers of all ages a representative outlet."
Pro Series Fixtures 2013
28th April: 1st one-day game, Myreside
8th May: 2nd one-day game, Tirwood
22nd May: 3rd one-day game, New Williamfield
23rd June: 4th one-day game, Forthill
27th June: Twenty20 challenge game, Titwood
28th-30th July: 1st three-day game, Goldenacre
18th August: 5th one-day game, Mannofield
20th-22nd August: 2nd three-day game, New Williamfield
1st September: T20 triple-header (including Cavaliers XI), Arbroath
© Cricket World 2013
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