Coetzer Returns For ICC WT20 Qualifier

Scotland v Afghanistan
Kyle Coetzer (right) faces up to Hamid Hasan. He is fit to lead Scotland, who will face Afghanistan on 16th November in Sharjah
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Kyle Coetzer has recovered from injury and has been named in the 15-man Scotland squad for the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier.

After suffering a wrist injury, the Northamptonshire batsman missed the One-Day International against Australia in September as well as the Intercontinental Cup match with Ireland and two World Cricket League ODIs that saw Scotland miss out on automatic qualification for the 2015 World Cup.

Seven of Scotland's centrally-contracted players are included in the squad including Majid Haq, who earlier this year became Scotland's leading ODI wicket-taker.

Sussex batsman Matt Machan and Northamptonshire wicket-keeper David Murphy are included as Scotland take a strong squad to Dubai, where they will take on USA and Namibia in warm-up matches before their opening group game against Bermuda on 15th November.

They will also play Afghanistan, Denmark, Kenya, Netherlands, Nepal and Papua New Guinea as they bid to become one of four teams to qualify for the 2014 event in Bangladesh.

Scotland last appeared at the ICC World Twenty20 in 2009 having also featured in 2007.

With Warwickshire's Freddie Coleman and Calvin Burnett unavailable due to university and work commitments respectively, Scotland have called up emerging talents Michael Leask and Matthew Cross.

"I'm really excited about the challenges that lie ahead. It’s a significant tournament and its crunch time now. This is an opportunity to show the character of this squad," Coetzer said.

"Having the likes of Paul Collingwood and Craig Wright joining our coaching team is only going to add to the experience we have at our disposal. Paul has had a successful season at Durham, and being an Ashes and T20 World Cup winner he will bring that unique knowledge, and with Craig being a former Scotland captain, it’s an exciting time.

"We’ve got the quality in the squad, there is no doubt about that, we just have to make sure that we show our potential," he added.

Ahead of the tournament, Scotland are heading to Sri Lanka for a 12-day tour.

Scotland Twenty20 squad: Kyle Coetzer (captain), Preston Mommsen (vice-captain), Richie Berrington, Neil Carter, Matthew Cross, Gordon Goudie, Majid Haq, Moneeb Iqbal, Michael Leask, Matt Machan, Calum MacLeod, David Murphy, Safyaan Sharif, Robert Taylor, Iain Wardlaw

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Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Ireland, Nepal, Netherlands, UAE
Afghanistan v Hong Kong
Ireland v UAE

Group A
Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Namibia, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United States of America

Group B
Afghanistan, Bermuda, Denmark, Kenya, Netherlands, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Scotland