Twenty-two-year-old uncapped left-arm spinner Hamza Tahir and wicketkeeper-batsman Craig Wallace have been picked in Scotland’s squad for the two-match T20I series against Pakistan and the subsequent T20I tri-series, also involving Netherlands and Ireland.
Tahir is the cousin of Majid Haq, who has played 75 internationals. His inclusion in place of offspinner Michael Jones is the only other change from the ODI squad that will face England in a solitary match on Sunday.
Preston Mommsen, who had returned from retirement for the ODI against England, does not find the place in the T20I squad. Two years ago Mommsen announced his retirement after being offered a property management job. At the time, he said the lack of fixtures Scotland influenced his decision to take up the opportunity.
“This will be a huge occasion, not only for the playing squad, but for the Cricket Scotland organisation as a whole,” Kyle Coetzer, the Scotland captain, said. “To be hosting the two number one team’s in 50-over and 20-over formats in a few days is not something that comes around every day.
“We need to make sure we are willing to soak up the special day and not be afraid to grab the game with our exciting, expressive style.”
The T20 series against Pakistan begins at Grange cricket club in Edinburgh on June 12, two days after the ODI against England at the same venue. Scotland will then travel to Netherlands for the T20I tri-series.
Squad: Kyle Coetzer (capt), Richie Berrington (vice-capt), Dylan Budge, Matthew Cross, Alasdair Evans, Craig Wallace (wk), Michael Leask, Calum MacLeod, Hamza Tahir, George Munsey, Safyaan Sharif, Chris Sole, Mark Watt, Brad Wheal, Stuart Whittingham