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[Cricket] Pakistan in Scotland – Preview

Scotland Looking to Add Pakistan to List of No.1 Conquests? The Pakistan cricket team are in Scotland for two Twenty20 International (T20I) matches to be played at The Grange, Edinburgh –  the stage for one of the country’s great one-day international matches, and results, as they first put up a mammoth 371/5 and then held on to beat England by six runs yesterday. The win will give Scotland confidence going into the series against the top-ranked T20I side in the world.

This will mark the first face-off between the two sides in the 20-over format since they met in the group stage of the 2007 World T20 in South Africa, where Shahid Afridi’s all-round performance eased Pakistan to a 51-run win and will be the first instance of Scotland hosting a Full Member for a T20I. The fixtures will be held on June 12th and 13th. The series follows Pakistan’s tour of England and their one Test series in Ireland. 

Pakistan’s last visit to Scotland was in 2013 for a two-match ODI series, where they defeated the home side by 96 runs before the second game was abandoned due to rain. Like many of the Associate nations, Scotland have struggled to arrange fixtures against Full Members and though they are out of the 2019 World Cup, could target the next World T20, in two years’ time – this series is another opportunity to further their cause.

SCHEDULE
1st T20I
Date: June 12, Tuesday
Time: 08.30pm
Venue: Grange Cricket Club, Edinburgh

2nd T20I
Date: June 13, Wednesday
Time: 08.30pm
Venue: Grange Cricket Club, Edinburgh

SQUADS
Scotland – Kyle Coetzer(c), Richie Berrington, Dylan Budge, Matthew Cross, Alasdair Evans, Craig Wallace, Michael Leask, Calum MacLeod, Hamza Tahir, George Munsey, Safyaan Sharif, Chris Sole, Mark Watt, Bradley Wheal, Stu Whittingham
Pakistan – Fakhar Zaman, Ahmed Shehzad, Haris Sohail, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Sarfraz Ahmed(c), Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Rahat Ali, Usman Khan, Shaheen Afridi

Scotland decided to invest in youth for the series with the inclusion of uncapped left-arm spinner Hamza Tahir. Wicket-keeper batsman Craig Wallace, who last played a T20I in January 2017, earns a recall whereas Preston Mommsen, who had been called in for the one-off ODI against England, has been ignored for the T20Is. Tahir and Wallace’s inclusion in place of Michael Jones and Mommsen are the only two changes from the ODI squad against England.

The Pakistan squad is the same that beat the West Indies in April, with the exception of Babar Azam, who fractured his left hand while batting in the opening Test at Lord’s, against England. The injured Azam has been replaced by Haris Sohail.

Home boys Scotland will be back in the middle riding on the high from the England win and looking to put it past Pakistan in a format that they have a pretty decent record in – 18-23 in 45 games. But, though it happened over a decade ago, they lost their only T20I against Pakistan back in Durban in the ICC World T20 2007, when Pakistan slammed 171/9 and bowled Scotland out for 120. More crucially, Pakistan are the No.1 side in the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Team Rankings while Scotland are at No.11, and that might stand for something when the teams go out in the middle even though, not to forget, England are the No.1 ODI side in the world.

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