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Josh named in Scotland squad

Josh Davey has been named in the Scotland squad for the ICC T20 World Cup which takes place in the UAE and Oman in October.

Kyle Coetzer will captain the squad, which includes a number of hugely experienced players including Richie Berrington, Calum Macleod, Safyaan Sharif, Matthew Cross and Ally Evans who have more than 1000 caps for Scotland between them.

Josh, former Somerset player Michael Leask, George Munsey and Mark Watt, who were all in the squad for the last ICC T20 World Cup in 2016, are also included. Dylan Budge, Chris Greaves, Oli Hairs, Chris Sole, Hamza Tahir, Craig Wallace and Brad Wheal are all attending their first World Cup.

Head Coach, Shane Burger said: “This squad has worked hard over a long period of time now and deserves the opportunity to show the world what we are about. This is an experienced, versatile and exciting group of players and we’re looking forward to embracing the challenges ahead as a team.”

Chairman of selectors Iain Kennedy said: “I’m very happy with the squad that we’ve selected. It’s a well-balanced group, with match winners in every department of the game led by one of the most experienced leaders in the competition in Kyle Coetzer.”

The coaching team, which includes Assistant Coach and fast-bowling expert Craig Wright and spin bowling coach Chris Brown, has been bolstered by the inclusion of former England batter Jonathan Trott as Batting Lead.

“What we have in Jonathan Trott is great knowledge and experience of high performance environments. He’s played in World Cups, Ashes Series and travelled to many destinations around the world. He also understands the demands and high pressures of international sport and the environments that they bring with them and it’ll be fantastic to have him as a support in the build up to the World Cup,” added Burger.

Scotland start the final stages of their World Cup preparation with three T20 matches against Zimbabwe in Edinburgh on the 15th, 17th and 19th September.

In the absence of Josh Davey and Brad Wheal who are on duty with their county sides, fast bowlers Gavin Main and Adrian Neill join the side. Main will also travel with the side to Oman for the 50-over CWCL2 matches later in the month where Scotland will play Oman and Papua New Guinea as part of the qualification process for the 2023 Cricket World Cup.

Gus Mackay, Cricket Scotland CEO said: “These are exciting times for Scottish cricket and we are all excited about going to the T20 World Cup and doing well on the international stage. The group of players and coaches have work extremely hard and fully deserve their place in the 17-man squad. Having only played two internationals since 2019 the next two months provide us with great opportunity

“Our eight-strong management team have been carefully selected to reflect the needs of the team and to ensure they are best prepared for the tournament. The addition of the experienced Jonathan Trott who will work with the team up to the start of the World Cup demonstrates our intentions.

“We have also added Louise Finlayson who is an experienced mental skills coach to the Management Team as Wellbeing Manager. The pandemic has forced us into operating in Managed Environments and the role of a Wellbeing Manger has been identified as critical to support the players and staff of what we hope will be a long and successful tour.”

SCOTLAND T20 WORLD CUP SQUAD

Kyle Coetzer (c)

Richard Berrington (vc)

Dylan Budge

Matthew Cross (wk)

Josh Davey

Alasdair Evans

Chris Greaves

Oli Hairs

Michael Leask

Calum Macleod

George Munsey

Safyaan Sharif

Chris Sole

Hamza Tahir

Craig Wallace (wk)

Mark Watt

Brad Wheal

*A final squad of 15 will be named by 10th October.

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