Scotland are going to host Afghanistan for a two-match one-day international series in May 2019 in Edinburgh. Afghanistan, who last visited Scotland in 2016 for an ODI series and they won 1-0, will contest two ODIs on 8 and 10 May 2019 at the Grange Cricket Club, Cricket Scotland announced on Tuesday, 18 December. Last month, the board had announced two matches against the visiting Sri Lankan team on 18 and 21 May.
Cricket World Cup 2019 will take place from 30th May to 14th July 2019 in England and Wales. Afghanistan will get chance of adequate preparation for Cricket World Cup with 2 match ODI Series hosted by Scotland. Afghanistan can test their 2019 CWC team combination as Scotland being in same geographical location as England offers similar conditions. Afghanistan has world class spinners, with attacking batsmen and if their fast bowlers step up their game, then Afghans can cause upsets in the premier tournament of Cricket.
“It is fantastic to have attracted two Full Members for our summer internationals and we are delighted to be playing Afghanistan in May,” said Malcolm Cannon, the CEO of Cricket Scotland.
“With our quadrangular series in February and the new ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 starting in July, 2019 looks set to be a busy year for the men’s international team,” he added.
Afghanistan and Scotland last met earlier this year at the ICC World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe where Scotland registered a thrilling seven-wicket win, courtesy Calum Macleod’s brilliant 157* and Richie Berrington’s unbeaten half-century. Scotland however finished fourth, as West Indies and Afghanistan booked berths for Cricket World Cup 2019. Scotland had seesaw year as they defeated No.1 ranked ODI team England in lone ODI at The Grange in June 2018. Scotland have objected to less playing opportunities in the 2019-2023 FTP. Scotland are set to participate in quadrangle ODI tournament hosted by Oman that also includes Ireland and Netherlands in February 2019. With two ODIs each against Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, 2019 is bringing good Cricket fixtures for Scottish team.
“Our win versus Afghanistan earlier this year was for me the highlight of 2018, as we played them at their own game,” Toby Bailey, Scotland’s acting head coach recalled. “It was very pleasing to watch the team manage their world-class spin attack with the skills we had been developing throughout the winter.”
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