Bowler Hamza will fly the flag for Scots in Oman

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - CRAIG RITCHIE

Fer­gus­lie Cricket Club bowler Hamza Tahir has re­ceived the call for Scot­land’s first tour of Oman.

Tahir, who played a piv­otal role in the Pais­ley side’s ti­tle-win­ning 2018 sea­son, has been re­called to the side hav­ing im­pressed last year.

The 23- year- old won the Western Premier Divi­sion with Fer­gus­lie, tak­ing 25 wick­ets in the process as well as reach­ing the semi-fi­nal of the Citylets Scot­tish Cup.

He will be a mem­ber of a 14-strong side se­lected by in­terim head coach Toby Bai­ley.

Eleven of the group fea­tured in the team’s last in­ter­na­tional as­sign­ments back in June – the ODI vic­tory over Eng­land, the T20I se­ries against Pak­istan, and the T20I se­ries tri­umph over Ire­land and the Nether­lands.

And there is also room for two new faces. Adrian Neill and Chris Greaves earn their first se­nior call- ups after im­press­ing for Scot­land A and in do­mes­tic cricket. Ruaidhri Smith also re­turns after a strong sea­son with Glam­or­gan.

Bai­ley said: “We are re­ally ex­cited to be play­ing cricket again.

“A num­ber of play­ers have had op­por­tu­ni­ties to play abroad in the win­ter, but most have been de­vel­op­ing their skills in­doors which were iden­ti­fied in La Manga and are itch­ing to put them to the test in Oman.

“It is also fan­tas­tic that Calum Ma­cLeod, Safyaan Sharif and Kyle Coet­zer have had op­por­tu­ni­ties to play in T20 leagues around the world, rais­ing the pro­file of Scot­tish Cricket.

“The squad has the bal­ance of at­tack­ing dy­namic cricket with points of dif­fer­ence which will be es­sen­tial in Oman and the T20 World Cup Qual­i­fier later in the year.

“We also wanted to in­tro­duce the leg spin skill set of Chris Greaves and it will be ex­cit­ing to see this other di­men­sion added to our spin unit. Chris im­pressed at the end of the Tilney T20 se­ries and in La Manga. He also adds strength to the bat­ting line up down the or­der and has re­cently been train­ing with Pak­istan in South Africa, learn­ing from Yasir Shah and Shadab Khan.

“We are look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge of con­tin­u­ing the suc­cess of last year, and the quad­ran­gu­lar tour­na­ment and one day se­ries against Oman rep­re­sent an ideal op­por­tu­nity to do this.”

Scot­land will tackle Oman, Ire­land and Nether­lands in a T20I Quad­ran­gu­lar be­gin­ning on Fe­bru­ary 13, be­fore tak­ing on the hosts in a three-match 50-over se­ries.

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