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Scotland to tour Dubai for three Twenty20s

Scotland to tour Dubai for three Twenty20s
Scotland will be playing games against combined county XI, UAE and Netherlands.
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Cricket Scotland has confirmed that the national team will play three Twenty20 matches in Dubai prior to the start of the 2016 International Cricket Council (ICC) World T20 tournament in India.

The first game will be against a combined County XI on 3rd February while the second and third games will be against the United Arab Emirates and the Netherlands on 4th and 5th February respectively.

The match against the combined County XI will be played under the lights while the remaining two games will be held in the afternoon. 

Scotland head coach Grant Bradburn is pleased with the scheduling of the fixtures and stated that it will give the players crucial match practice ahead of the World T20.

“As a squad we are eager to play as much cricket as possible leading into the ICC World T20 first round matches in India," Bradburn said.

“The chance to play three T20s in Dubai on our way home from Hong Kong gives us some much needed additional game time.

“The players have prepared so well over the winter months and we have also tucked away some excellent preparation in Abu Dhabi, so the team is now ready to play.”

Bradburn further added that the team management will be able to work out their playing combinations for the World T20 based on the performance of the players in these three fixtures in Dubai.

“The three fixtures in Dubai will allow all players some game time to command selection in the playing 11.

“These games also allow us as a squad to establish our first choice combinations aligned to each opposition and the conditions we might face.

“As a team we are looking to build upon the major strides Scotland took in 2015 in the T20 format.”

Scotland are currently in Hong Kong to play the ICC World Cricket League against the hosts following which they will take part in a two-match T20 International series on 30th and 31st January.

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