Scotland add to ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier preparations with trial series at The Grange

Scotland add trial series in Edinburgh to ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier preparation

The national selectors of Scotland's men's side have named squads for a series of trial matches ahead of selection for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier, to be held in UAE from 11th October until 2nd November.

A 15-strong Scotland A squad will also visit Durham for four T20s on Tuesday 3rd andWednesday 4th September for additional prep.

The trial series, held at The Grange, Edinburgh, will see three T20 matches take place on Friday 6th, Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th September at 2pm. Entry will be free.

The series at The Grange comes immediately before a T20i tri-series in Dublin between Scotland, Ireland and Netherlands.

High Performance Manager, Simon Smith, said: “We are grateful to our Board, the Boards of Cricket Ireland and the KNCB, and all our partners and stakeholders for their hard work and collaboration in bringing these arrangements together so quickly.

“The 2019 Euro T20 Slam would have played a large part in forming selection and providing competitive match play ahead of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup Qualifier in UAE. Replacing those elements at such short notice has been a significant challenge, but we now have a robust and exciting programme in place to ensure our men’s team are thoroughly prepared for their campaign.”

Men’s Head Coach, Shane Burger, added: “Credit to Cricket Scotland and all concerned for reacting so proactively after the postponement of the Euro T20 Slam to put together a trial series and T20i tri-series in such a short period of time.

"These fixtures will provide an opportunity for the players concerned to put their hands up for ICC Men's T20 World Cup Qualifier selection and provides a platform for more players, staff and stakeholders to get involved and feel part of the big stage.

"There is no greater preparation for a player than to play matches and be put under pressure in the process in order to achieve high performance. The matches will be of a high standard and we look forward to seeing as much support as possible during all the fixtures.

"It’s an exciting time for cricket in the region and Scotland will be looking to fly the flag with pride!”

From the trial series, a 15-strong squad will be selected to head to Dublin for a double round robin tri-series with Ireland and Netherlands between 15th and 20th September.

Final preparations will take place during a week-long camp in Durban and a week of training and matches in UAE before pool matches begin on 18 October.

Squad: Scotland A v Durham

Richie Berrington, Scott Cameron, Kyle Coetzer, Matthew Cross, Ally Evans, Chris Greaves, Oliver Hairs, Michael Jones, Michael Leask, Calum MacLeod, Gavin Main, George Munsey, Safyaan Sharif, Hamza Tahir, Craig Wallace

Teams for Trial Series

Team A: Richie Berrington, Tom Bradburn, Scott Cameron, Matthew Cross, Alasdair Evans, Callum Garden, Chris Greaves, Michael Jones, George Munsey, Safyaan Sharif, Tom Sole, Hamza Tahir Coaches: Steve Gilmour, Toby Bailey

Team B: Dylan Budge, Kyle Coetzer, Oliver Hairs, Jack Hogarth, Michael Leask, Calum MacLeod, Gavin Main, Finlay McCreath, Adrian Neill, Craig Wallace, Mark WattCoaches: Andy Tennant, Grant Morgan