De Lange, Umeed named in Scotland squad

All-rounder Con de Lange and 19-year-old batsman Andrew Umeed have been named in Scotland’s 13-man squad for their Intercontinental Cup fixture against Afghanistan on June 2 in Stirling, which will host its maiden first-class match.

De Lange, the 34-year old left-arm spinner, played most of his first-class cricket in South Africa, but is eligible for his first Scotland cap after completing a four-year residency. Umeed’s inclusion comes on the heels of his twin half-centuries for Scotland XI in their crushing defeat of UAE.

Scotland’s squad also features the Durham duo of Calum MacLeod and Gavin Main, while Preston Mommsen, who scored a hundred against UAE, will lead the side. They will, however, be without the services of Kyle Coetzer, Josh Davey, Matt Machan, Ruaidhri Smith and Rob Taylor.

“This is the first step in an exciting opportunity to push our case for Test status,” head coach Grant Bradburn said. “We’ve got an exciting mix of youth and experience in our side and we will be looking to put the opposition under pressure in our home conditions at Stirling, which we know well.”

Scotland squad: Preston Mommsen (capt), 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.

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