ICup an excellent opportunity: Stanikzai
“We know that Scotland is a good side, especially at home having played each other several times both in the UAE and Scotland,” Stanikzai expressed these while talking to media soon after arriving in Scotland.
Afghanistan and Scotland are scheduled to play its first four-day match tomorrow (Tuesday). “The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 was a very good experience for our team, playing under those tough conditions in Australia and New Zealand,” he remarked.
The Afghan cricket captain noted that his team learned a lot playing with Full members, which skills to be improved (batting, bowling and fielding) and how to prepare for top quality matches.
“Our team has already started to prepare for tougher opposition as onwards we hope to be playing more matches against Full Members,” he added.
Meanwhile, Scotland captain Preston Mommsen, who is expected to lead his side in Stirling, said: “We are really looking forward to the challenge of facing Afghanistan in our backyard, at the start of what is a hugely important competition.”
Scotland and Afghanistan have met three times in the ICC Intercontinental Cup, with Afghanistan winning all three matches.
This is Scotland’s seventh appearance in the ICC Intercontinental Cup, which they won in 2004 and were runner up in 2009-10. In all, the Scots have played 27 matches; winning 11, losing six and drawing 10.
For Afghanistan, this will be their third appearance in a competition they won back in 2009-10 and was runner-up to Ireland last time out in 2011-13. Afghanistan has played 15 matches, winning 11, losing just one and drawing three.
All four Associate nations, which recently impressed at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, will be in action from Tuesday in their opening round matches of the four-day first-class Intercontinental Cup 2015-17, which is a pathway for Test cricket.
Ireland will face the UAE at Malahide and Scotland will welcome Afghanistan to Stirling. Namibia , Hong Kong - Netherlands v Papua New Guine, Kenya , UAE, Scotland , Nepal, Ireland, Afghanistan,
Scotland (from): Preston Mommsen (captain), Richie Berrington, Matthew Cross, Freddie Coleman, Con de Lange, Alasdair Evans, Hamish Gardiner, Michael Leask, Calum MacLeod, Gavin Main, Safyaan Sharif, Andrew Umeed, Mark Watt
Afghanistan (from): Mohammad Asghar Stanikzai (captain), Mohammad Javed Ahmadi, Mohammad Yamin Ahmadzai, Mirwais Ashraf, Izatullah Dawlatzai, Nasir Jamal, Nawroz Mangal, Mohammad Nabi, Shabir Noori, Mohammad Shahzad, Hashmatullah Shaidi, Sami Ullah Shinwari, Sayed Ahmad Shirzad, Rahmat Shah Zurmati
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