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Steindl welcomes Coleman back to Scotland fold

Freddie Coleman, the Warwickshire youngster, has earned a surprise call-up for Scotland's Intercontinental Cup tie with United Arab Emirates next weekend.

The Scotland Under-19 batsman is recalled 18 months after his one and only Saltires appearance to date.

He gets his chance as Kyle Coetzer and Josh Davey, are unavailable for the match in Sharjah.

Coetzer is making his debut in the Bangladesh Premier League while Davey is on tour with Middlesex in South Africa.

Ali Evans, a Derbyshire trialist, is also in the squad for the four-day encounter in which the Scots will bid to revitalise their campaign after two draws.

Pete Steindl, the coach, said: "Freddie has obviously been keen to get back in the fold and has worked very hard. With Kyle and Josh unavailable, we've a chance to open up selection and it's great to have Freddie back.

"He has played a lot of multi-day cricket with Warwickshire's seconds and that stands him in good stead but he also knows the areas he has to work on.

"Ali has played a couple of I-Cup games for us and has been training with Derbyshire. He is looking strong and doing things well and has a chance of playing, as do all the guys. Every one of the 13 is capable of doing a good job for Scotland."

Other interesting selections include those of the Watsonians batsman, Ewan Chalmers, who is being flown from a training camp in Adelaide to join the squad and Craig Wallace, the young Forfarshire wicketkeeper who could earn his first-class debut.

The I-Cup match begins a hectic period for the Saltires with action in three formats of the game. On conclusion of the four-day match, they fly to Sri Lanka for a two-week training camp ahead of two 50-over games against UAE in Sharjah and the Twenty20 World Cup qualifiers in Dubai.

Davey, Fraser Watts, Jan Stander, Matty Parker and Calvin Burnett will replace Coleman, Evans and Simon Smith for the second phase. Coetzer, meanwhile, will arrive in time for the T20 qualifiers.

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