Sharif doubtful for Saltires clashes
William Dick (CricketMedia Scotland)
SALTIRES star Safy Sharif is on the comeback trail but may not be risked in this weekend’s CB40 double header against Surrey and Notts.
The pace bowler, who sustained a rib injury during the World T20 qualifiers, played in Clydesdale’s Scottish Cup win over over Prestwick on Saturday.
Sharif came through unscathed and claimed 3-30 in his first competitive match for more than a month.
However, a lack of big-game action may count against him for Sunday’s joust with CB40 holders Surrey while new-ball partner Gordon Goudie will definitely miss out after suffering a similar injury also during the T20 qualifiers.
Coach Pete Steindl declared: “Both players are still being monitored and both are bowling at varying degrees of intensity.
“The issue may be game time and full match fitness. There is a long season ahead so we won’t be taking any risks with either of them.”
Meanwhile, Steindl may get the all-clear from county staff at Middlesex and Derbyshire to include Josh Davey and Ali Evans while overseas signing Jean Symes will make his debut.
The South African batsman and left-arm spinner arrived in the country last Friday and took part in Watsonians victory over Dumfries the following day.
Steindl added: “Jean will add variety to our bowling attack.”
The squad will be announced today.
Meanwhile supporters are being offered a two-for-the-price-of-one deal at Sunday’s showdown with the CB40 cup holders at the Citylets Grange.
Cricket Scotland bosses have also announced that fans under the age of 16 will get entry to the following day’s game with Notts if they are wearing or carrying a saltire or thistle.