Cricket Scotland chief executive Roddy Smith spoke to Jim White, looking back on a packed 2010 season for Scotland, which ended when they finished as runners-up to Afghanistan in the ICC Intercontinental Cup in Dubai...
India have named a 16-man squad for their upcoming One-Day International series in South Africa, recalling leg-spinner Piyush Chawla and leaving out fast bowler Ishant Sharma as well as all-rounder Ravi Jadeja.
Sachin Tendulkar returns to the squad and is set to play an ODI for the first time since the series against South Africa in India in February, when he scored a double-century in Gwalior.
Indian champion batsman Sachin Tendulkar possesses virtually every record a batman can imagine.
Having completed his 50th century at Centurion Park, he is in the midst of a dream run and this is the best calendar year of his career with seven centuries.
Sachin Tendulkar was left stranded unbeaten on 111 as India were bowled out for 459 in their second innings, crashing to an innings-and-25-run defeat to South Africa on the final day of the opening Test at Centurion Park.
Having fought valiantly on days three and four to get themselves within touching distance of making their hosts bat again, their challenge faded with a whimper on the final morning as they added just five runs for their remaining two wickets.
Sachin Tendulkar broke new ground as he became the first man to score 50 Test centuries as India frustrated South Africa on day four of the first Test at Centurion Park.
Despite Tendulkar's heroics, India closed the day on 454 for eight - still 30 runs short of making South Africa bat again - when bad weather closed on.
Jacques Kallis scored his maiden Test double-century as South Africa declared on 620 for four against India, who then closed day three of the opening match at Centurion Park on 190 for two in their second innings.
India, who were bowled out for 136 in their first innings, showed a dramatic improvement with the bat second time round with openers Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag scoring half-centuries.
South Africa, powered by the unbeaten centuries of Jacques Kallis and Hashim Amla, reached 366 for two to put them in the driver's seat on day two of the opening Test against India at Centurion Park.
The day started off, as South Africa expected, with Mahendra Singh Dhoni adjudged leg before to Morne Morkel, who completed his five-wicket haul, with figures of 5 for 20 as India lasted just three balls before being dismissed for 136 - the score they had started on.
South African's pace bowlers were too hot to handle for the famed Indian batting line up as India were 136 for nine when bad light stopped play at Centurion Park on day one of the first Test.
Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was at the crease on unbeaten 33 with debutant Jaydev Unadkat giving him company batting on one.
Amit Masram looks ahead to the opening Test between South Africa and India at Centurion Park, which gets underway on 16th December.
India will look to answer the question of their ability to sustain their number one Test ranking when they play South Africa in the first Test at Centurion Super Sports Park. Both sides are potent with good mix of youngsters and experienced campaigners.
South Africa have named four uncapped players in their 30-man provisional World Cup squad, while also handing recalls toa number of experienced players.
Batsman Jonathan Vandiar, all-rounder Francois du Plessis and Dean Elgar along with seamer Ethy Mbhalati are the uncapped players while there are recalls for Johannes van der Wath, Jacques Rudolph, Thami Tsolekile and Morne van Wyk.
South Africa have released Johan Botha, JP Duminy and Wayne Parnell from their Test squad ahead of the opening match against India, which begins on 16th December.
The move means that the selectors will now have a 12-man squad to pick from at Centurion Park with pacers Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Ryan McLaren and left-arm spinner Paul Harris presumably competing for one spot in the team.
India embark on one of the toughest assignments in recent times to South Africa, billed as the fight out for the number one Test team in the world.
India have registered just one win in the last 12 outings to South Africa, when Shanthakumaran Sreesanth mesmerised the South African batsmen with his guile and swing, producing a man-of-the-match performance with figures of five for 40 four seasons back.
Cricket Scotland has signed a five-year agreement with Surridge, which will see the Burnley-based manufacturer become Scotland's official kit supplier.
From 1st January 2011, Surridge will supply all casual, training and teamwear to Scotland sides from age-group right up to the senior team, which recently reached the final of the ICC Intercontinental Cup in Dubai.
Afghanistan players are given a warm welcome following their victory over Scotland in the ICC Intercontinental Cup earlier this week, as well as their silver-medal winning performance in the Asian Games in China last month.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced plans to expand the Intercontinental Cup to eight teams with the result that the Intercontinental Shield will no longer exist.
The Shield, won by Namibia in the first running of the competition as they beat the United Arab Emirates by six wickets in Dubai, was set up to allow four more Associate teams first-class experience.
Afghanistan overturned a first-innings deficit of 41, going on to bowl Scotland out for 82 in their second innings on their way to a seven-wicket victory in the final of the ICC Intercontinental Cup in Dubai.
Mohammad Shahzad's unbeaten 56 steered them past their victory target in the final innings of the match as Afghanistan added another title to their growing honours list.
Afghanistan coach Rashid Latif says he is confident his side will deliver during the ICC Intercontinental Cup final against Scotland, which gets underway in Dubai on 2nd December.
His team recently claimed a silver medal in the Asian Games, losing in the Twenty20 final to Bangladesh, and they are hopeful of avoid a second final defeat in the space of a week.
Pakistan survived losing three second-innings wickets in quick order to frustrate South Africa and draw the second Test in Abu Dhabi, resulting in a drawn series.
After being set a nominal 354 to win the match, they made a strong start to reach 66 without loss before South Africa's spinners struck to get them back in the game.
South Africa built a lead of 323 runs over Pakistan on day four of the second and final Test in Dubai as they closed on 173 for four in their second innings.
That came after Pakistan avoided the follow-on by being dismissed for 434, a maiden Test half-century from Abdur Rehman helping them do so.