Scotland unleash big guns for Canadian clashes
William Dick (CricketMedia Scotland)
SCOTLAND will unleash their county big guns when they face Canada in two crucial World Cricket League fixtures next month.
Kyle Coetzer, enjoying a fine first season with Northants, and Derbyshire recruit Ali Evans were both last night named in the 14-man squad.
They are joined by Preston Mommsen and Calum MacLeod who are currently on trial at Leicestershire and Northants.
And, with leading strike bowler Gordon Goudie restored to full fitness, crocked Clydesdale paceman Saffy Sharif is the only first choice player missing.
The Scots are bidding to bounce back from their double defeat to the UAE in February.
They currently sit third in the eight-team table from which two teams will gain automatic qualification for the 2015 World Cup.
But two wins against Canada would take them into the top two.
While Coetzer has been released for the 50-over tussles, county commitments prevent him taking part in next week’s I-Cup clash – also against the Canadians.
His place in the four-day fixture goes to former Durham all-rounder Moneeb Iqbal.
Iqbal is one of eight of the I-Cup squad who get the chance to play themselves into form today when Scotland Lions begin a three-day encounter with Lancashire at Boughton Hall.
They are joined by Arbroath all-rounder Calvin Burnett while youngsters Andrew Umeed and Matthew Cross face county opposition for the first time.
Intercontinental Cup Squad (Scotland v Canada, 4-7 July):
G Drummond capt, R Flannigan, M Haq, J Davey, R Berrington, P Mommsen, C MacLeod, M Parker, S Smith, G Goudie, A Evans, M Iqbal, E Chalmers, J Stander.
(K Coetzer, C Wallace and F Watts replace M Iqbal, S Smith and E Chalmers for World Cricket League fixtures v Canada on 9 and 11 July).