SCOTLAND U19 coach Gordon Drummond is confident his young squad can cause an upset at next month’s World Cup in South Africa.
The Scots head to Potchefstroom where they will face Pakistan, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in the group phase of the global event.
“It’s a tough group but one that also presents a fantastic opportunity to take a few Full Member scalps which I know the boys are focused on achieving,” Drummond said.
“Our squad has variety and a great team spirit which they displayed during the qualifying tournament which we won.
The boys have trained hard all winter and are looking forward to outdoor preparation in Dubai.
“The players have set themselves some targets which if they play with the skill and belief, we know they can certainly achieve.”
Gus Mackay, chief executive of Cricket Scotland, said: “This is a great opportunity for the next generation of Scotland’s internationals to make their mark on the global stage.”
Meanwhile, the senior side will today attempt to gain revenge for Monday’s shock World Cup League 2 defeat to the USA.
A late batting collapse saw the Scots fall 35 runs short at the Sharjah Stadium and then had to settle for a point when their scheduled meeting with UAE was rained-off.
The US, though have beaten UAE to move five points clear of Kyle Coetzer’s side in the seventeam table.