Scotland to host Afghanistan for two ODIs in May
Scotland players during their game against Pakistan earlier this year in June. (AFP Image)

Scotland may not have qualified for next year’s World Cup, but that hasn’t hampered their plans of playing more one-day internationals in 2019. Already confirmed to play two ODIs against Sri Lanka on May 19 and 21, they will also host Afghanistan for two more one-day international games on May 8 and 10 at the Grange in Edinburgh.

“Our win versus Afghanistan earlier this year was for me the highlight of 2018, as we played them at their own game,” acting head coach Toby Bailey said. “It was very pleasing to watch the team manage their world-class spin attack with the skills we had been developing throughout the winter.”

Besides Sri Lanka and now Afghanistan, Scotland are scheduled to participate in in a quadrangular T20 tournament with Oman, Netherlands and Ireland being the other three teams. The Scots have registered some memorable wins lately, beating the No.1-ranked England earlier in June this year and defeating Afghanistan in the World Cup qualifiers.

“It is fantastic to have attracted two Full Members for our summer internationals and we are delighted to be playing Afghanistan in May,” Cricket Scotland CEO Malcolm Cannon said.

“With our quadrangular series in February and with the new ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 starting in July, 2019 looks set to be a busy year for the men’s international team.”