Carter included for Scotland
Former Warwickshire all-rounder Neil Carter is among a handful of uncapped players named in the Scotland squad for their series against Afghanistan.
Yorkshire seamer Iain Wardlaw, Northamptonshire wicketkeeper David Murphy, Sussex batsman Matt Machan and Leicestershire’s Rob Taylor will also travel to Dubai tomorrow ahead of next month’s matches in all three formats of the game.
All five of the newcomers have Scottish parents and Murphy, Machan and Taylor all impressed during the recent non-cap tour of South Africa.
Carter, 38, left Warwickshire last year and vowed to help Scotland reach the World Cup, while 27-year-old Wardlaw is contracted to Yorkshire for the next two seasons.
Scotland face Afghanistan in two T20 fixtures, two Pepsi World Cricket League Championship matches and a four-day Intercontinental Cup tie, following three warm-up matches against Emirates Cricket Board Blues this month.
Scotland’s chairman of selectors, Iain Kennedy, said: “This has been the most challenging and exciting selection of recent times as it is very rare that you would get such an influx of talented individuals to pick from. Hopefully our new players will gel quickly with our current squad and we get the positive results we are all hoping for against Afghanistan.”
Scotland are in second place behind Ireland in both the World Cricket League and the Intercontinental Cup tables, but just two points ahead of Afghanistan in the latter.
A top-two finish in the World Cricket League will ensure qualification for the World Cup in 2015.
Scotland squad to face Afghanistan: Gordon Drummond (captain), Richie Berrington, Neil Carter, Kyle Coetzer, Josh Davey, Gordon Goudie, Majid Haq, Moneeb Iqbal, Matt Machan, Calum MacLeod, David Murphy, Preston Mommsen, Safyaan Sharif, Rob Taylor, Iain Wardlaw.