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Natwest Series, 2009

Scotland Include Sheikh Against Ireland & Aussies ODIs

21-Aug-2009 15:08:00 GMT

Aberdeen: Batsman Qasim Sheikh has been added to Scotland's ODI squad for the back-to-back matches this weekend against Ireland in Aberdeen. The selectors were impressed with Sheikh following his century against Ireland in the Intercontinental Cup match, which was crucial in giving his team a slender first-innings lead.

Fast bowler Dewald Nel, who broke his finger during the ICC World Twenty20 in June, has been given the all-clear by the doctors to play.

"Qasim fully deserves his call-up after his outstanding knock last week, and Dewald returning is a major boost after his lengthy layoff," Peter Steindl, Scotland's head coach, said. "We hope to build on the many positives we have taken out of the recent Intercontinental Cup game as we continue to develop our side."

Scotland play a one-off ODI against Australia on August 28 in Edinburgh.

Squad: Gavin Hamilton (capt), Fraser Watts, Ryan Watson, Qasim Sheikh, Navdeep Poonia, Neil McCallum, Richie Berrington, Marc Petrie, Majid Haq, Gordon Drummond, Ross Lyons, Gordon Goudie, Dewald Nel.

2nd ODI - England v Australia at Lord's, London - September 05, 09:30 GMT
3rd ODI - England v Australia at Old Trafford, Manchester - September 08, 13:00 GMT
4th ODI - England v Australia at Headingley, Leeds - September 11, 09:30 GMT
5th ODI - England v Australia at Old Trafford, Manchester - September 13, 09:30 GMT
1st T20I - India v South Africa at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala - October 02, 13:30 GMT

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