Haq delighted at ICC recognition
William Dick (CricketMedia Scotland)
Majid Haq dedicated his selection to face England next month to his Saltires team-mates.
Haq and Kyle Coetzer were yesterday confirmed as the two Scots who will represent an ICC Associate Select against the top Test team in the world next month.
And the Clydesdale spinner insists their selection is an honour for the whole of Scottish cricket.
Haq, Scotland’s bowler of the year, declared: “It is fantastic for Kyle and me to be picked but I regard it as recognition for the whole Scottish team.
“We’ve had a great year and there are several guys who could have made it into the select side so it reflects well on everyone.
“Kyle and I will be representing our country as well as Associate cricket in Dubai and that will give us an extra spur to do well.”
Haq is under no illusions about the size of the task ahead, adding: “England are the top-ranked Test team in the world and to face them over three days will be one of the biggest challenges of my career.
“They have about seven guys who average more than 40 in Tests so bowling to them will be a fantastic experience.”
The Select team will be skippered by Ireland’s William Porterfield, one of four Irishmen in the team while Afghanistan have three representatives.
The match, one of England’s warm-ups for their Test series against Pakistan, takes place at the ICC
Global Academy in Dubai from January 7-9.
William Porterfield (captain, Ireland), Saqib Ali (UAE), Kyle Coetzer (Scotland), George Dockrell (Ireland), Majid Haq (Scotland), Hamid Hassan (Afghanistan), Mohammed Nabi (Afghanistan), Boyd Rankin (Ireland), Mohammed Shahzad (Afghanistan), Paul Stirling (Ireland), Christi Viljoen (Namibia) and Craig Williams (Namibia)