CAPTAIN Preston Mommsen last night begged cricket bosses to include Scotland in any rejigged County Championship.

The ECB are under pressure to freshen up the domestic scene by launching a three-division professional league.

But to create three groups of seven, they would need two new teams - with Scotland and Ireland the most likely candidates.

Mommsen reckons it would be an opportunity too good to miss. He said: "It's a brilliant idea - it would grow the game massively in this country and a huge step in the right direction.

"I learned my cricket playing in the CB40 competition between 2010 and 2013 and I think it's made a huge (negative) difference for us not playing in that competition.

"For us to be exposed to that level of cricket it can only be a good thing.

"The standard would be very challenging for us - but at the same time you're going to find a way to adapt and raise your game to meet those standards."

Acting Cricket Scotland chief executive Willie Donald added: "If people wanted to talk about it with us, I'm certain we would want to talk as well.

"In the context of the introduction of a pathway to Test cricket it would be very pertinent to our thinking and could broaden and deepen our developmental base of players in Scotland.

"We'd have to be absolutely sure that we could afford the infrastructure and meet the commitment from a financial perspective.

"We wouldn't shy away from that."

Donald went on: "We don't have a big enough pool of professional players right now to meet that workload.

"And existing full-time contracted players would also need to be paid more."

The move could also see the Scots included at T20 level, and Donald said: "I could imagine in Edinburgh on a Friday night against Surrey or Middlesex - that would be a whizz-bang up here.

"That would be fantastic.

"We would definitely get big crowds and it would be very exciting if that were part of the package,"