Scotland will open their tour of South Africa with a game on Tuesday against a Highveld Lions side which includes Jean Symes, the Saltires' overseas player in last season's CB40 campaign.

It is the first of a T20 double-header which also pits Pete Steindl's new-look side against Kolkata Knight Riders, the Indian Premier League champions. "We couldn't face a much tougher start to the tour than these two games on the same day," said Steindl.

"But it will be a great experience for the guys to test themselves against some of the best T20 players in the world."

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Both Lions and Knight Riders are facing the Scots as part of their preparations for the Champions League. The Saltires will play 13 matches during their month-long trip, adding three-day fixtures and 50-over games to their T20 schedule.