Tuesday 29 July 2014 

Scotland Head For Hobart, Christchurch

Scotland head out to field
Scotland will play matches in Australia and New Zealand later this year
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Scotland will play four one-day games in Hobart and four in Christchurch as the four qualifiers get the opportunity to experience local conditions ahead of the 2015 World Cup .

While fellow qualifiers Ireland will be heading to Queensland, Hamilton and Lincoln, Scotland will play Tasmania and then go to Christchurch - where they won the ICC World Cup Qualifier earlier this year.

Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates will also spend time in both countries in September and October as part of the International Cricket Council's (ICC) High Performance Programme (HPP).

"With only 200 days to go to the World Cup, excitement is building in the Scotland camp," head coach Grant Bradburn said.

"Players are well aware there will be healthy internal competition for places in the final 15, so every opportunity from here on in is critical for selection and preparation.

"The pre-World Cup tour to Australia and New Zealand is a valuable chance for all the associate teams to keep building playing experiences against quality opposition on conditions that we are likely to be challenged with come February.

"Together with the ICC we have been able to build a substantial preparation programme towards the World Cup.

"From a playing perspective we are expecting to be challenged with quality quick, swing bowling plus world class spin. These are two of the skill areas where the Scotland squad will be working hard to keep building our skills."

Scotland are in Pool A of the World Cup, and will play Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, New Zealand and Sri Lanka once the tournament begins in February.

"Helping cricket’s top emerging nations to perform on the global stage is a key part of the ICC’s High Performance Programme, and these tours will provide a great opportunity for the four teams to gain valuable knowledge and experience of the conditions they will face during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015," ICC chief executive David Richardson commented.

"All sides have a strong schedule of matches against high-level opposition, and we are grateful to Cricket Australia, New Zealand Cricket and their state and provincial associations for supporting the programme so fully."

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