Andrew named in Scotland squad

Somerset batter, Andy Umeed has been named in the Scotland squads for the forthcoming tour of the UAE in February and March.

The tour will consist of four ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 fixtures against Canada and the UAE, followed by three T20 internationals against the UAE. Two squads have been picked to compete across the multiple formats.

Andrew returns to the squad after a successful 2023 season with Somerset which saw him amass over 600 runs in eight Metro Bank One Day Cup matches at an average 87.57 with a best of 172 not out against Derbyshire. The former U19 international made his Scotland debut against Afghanistan in the Intercontinental Cup in 2015.

Another returnee is Brad Wheal, whose most recent appearance was at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in 2022.

Three players feature in the Men’s senior squad for the first time. 22-year-old Scott Currie of Hampshire is the younger brother of Brad Currie, who made his Scotland debut last year. 19-year-old wicket-keeper batsman Charlie Tear, contracted to Sussex, is picked in his first senior international squad, while Heriots’ all-rounder James Dickinson also receives his first call up.

Richie Berrington will captain both squads, while the coaching team will consist of Stevie Gilmour, Moneeb Iqbal, and Andy McKay. All three assisted Doug Watson during last year’s successful ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Europe Qualifier. The recruitment process for a new Men’s Head Coach is currently ongoing.

Head of Performance, Steve Snell said: “Andy Umeed has a very strong connection with the national setup, even though he hasn’t played for Scotland for some time. He’s a player of fine pedigree, and his performances last season for Somerset were outstanding in white-ball cricket. He’s keen to get involved and excited to represent his country, so it’s great for both parties.

“This tour is a great opportunity for our players to go out and compete in a variety of formats, and the selection has been about trying to find a balance, firstly between producing our strongest possible performances in the first round of CWCL2 matches, and secondly on having an eye on future demands.

“It’s no secret that the Men’s squad haven’t had any matches for nearly six months, so it’s important we give as many people as possible an opportunity to play some cricket, whilst remaining competitive on the field. These squads give several players an opportunity to show what they can do, as we look ahead towards the T20 World Cup in the summer.”