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Scotland announce squad for qualifiers

SCOTLAND have named a squad of 15 to compete in the 2015 World Cup Qualifying tournament which takes place in New Zealand from January 10 to February 2 next year.

The team will be led by Kyle Coetzer, with all-rounder Preston Mommsen back available after recovering from a pelvic stress fracture. Former captain Gordon Drummond also returns to the Scotland set-up after missing out on the recent T20 Qualifiers in the UAE. Freddie Coleman, too, has a place in the touring party after breaking into the Warwickshire senior squad in 2013.

Scotland will have the top run scorer from the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier, Matt Machan, in their ranks after the batsman amassed 364 runs in that tournament.

Commenting on the announcement, the chairman of selectors Iain Kennedy said: "We believe that the squad selected gives us the best chance of helping us achieve our clear goal - which is to win the tournament and secure qualification for the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

"I believe that this squad gives Scotland the best chance possible of achieving the main goal of qualifying for the 2015 World Cup."

After solid performances behind the stumps in Dubai, once he forced his way into the team, Matthew Cross is preferred to David Murphy and Craig Wallace as wicket keeper.

Neil Carter, meanwhile, has coaching commitments in his native South Africa and so was unavailable for selection. In addition to the 15-man squad, reserves Craig Wallace and Alasdair Evans will be in Christchurch playing club cricket as cover for any injuries sustained to the main squad.

The Scots will play Hong Kong, Nepal, UAE and Canada in the group stages of the qualifying tournament.

Scotland squad Kyle Coetzer (capt), Richie Berrington, Freddie Coleman, Matthew Cross, Gordon Drummond, Gordon Goudie, Majid Haq, Moneeb Iqbal, Michael Leask, Calum MacLeod, Matt Machan, Preston Mommsen, Safyaan Sharif, Robert Taylor, Iain Wardlaw.

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