Scotland name squad for T20 World Cup Europe Qualifier
Scotland narrowly missed out on ODI World Cup 2023 qualification after finishing third in the Qualifiers in Zimbabwe.
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Scotland had a memorable campaign in the recently-concluded World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe. They were on the cusp of qualification for the ODI World Cup 2023, which is scheduled to be held in India. However, their neighbours, the Netherlands broke their hearts by beating them in a virtual semifinal at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo.
Richie Berrington's men will now have to switch focus to the T20 World Cup Europe Qualifier that begins on July 20. In the same light, Cricket Scotland has announced their squad for the Qualifiers that will be held in Edinburgh.
Oli Hairs, who decided to retire from international cricket earlier this year, has reversed his decision and has been picked in the side. Bradly Currie and Gavin Main are the other two players who have come into the squad after missing out on the ODI World Cup Qualifier.
Hairs made his debut in 2010 and brings a lot of experience to the table. Currie's call-up should not come as a surprise, as he performed commendably for Sussex Sharks in the T20 Blast. The 24-year-old is yet to make his international debut. Main, on the other hand, played his last game for the Scotts back in July 2022 against New Zealand.
These three players replaced Alasdair Evans, Chris McBride, and Adrian Neill, who were there in the squad in Zimbabwe.
Richie Berrington in line to reach major milestone during Qualifiers
The experienced Richie Berrington has been a great servant for Scottish cricket. He currently has 298 caps for and could play his 300th game against Jersey on Friday, July 21. The right-handed batter is expected to become the first Scottish player to reach the 300 mark.
Scotland begin their campaign against Germany at Goldenacre on Thursday, July 20. After narrowly missing out on ODI World Cup qualification, Scotland will be hopeful of making it to the 2024 T20 World Cup in West Indies and USA.
Scotland squad: Richie Berrington (captain), Matthew Cross, Bradley Currie, Chris Greaves, Oli Hairs, Jack Jarvis, Michael Leask, Tom Mackintosh, Gavin Main, Brandon McMullen, George Munsey, Safyaan Sharif, Chris Sole, Hamza Tahir, Mark Watt.