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Scotland eyes another upset against Pak after defeating Eng

Last Updated: Tuesday, 12 June 2018 (12:26 IST)
Amsterdam: Going by the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Team Rankings, are the top dogs in the triangular Twenty20 International series, to be played across the Netherlands from June 12 to 20. 
They are at No 11 on the table, while the hosts slot in next at No 13 and are at 
No 17, am ICC report on Monday said.None of the three managed to get into the top two at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018, and therefore missed a chance to be a part of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

But Ireland made their Test debut soon after, pushing hard before going down by five 
wickets, while Scotland have just beaten England in a fantastic finish in a one-off one-day international in Edinburgh.
 
At the same time, none of the teams have actually played T20I cricket at a serious level 
in a long time. It was back at the Desert T20 Challenge in January 2017 that the Netherlands 
and Scotland played the format last, while Ireland were in action not too much later in India's 
Greater Noida, playing Afghanistan in March 2017.
 
That would logically make their form in the format patchy, but Scotland will actually get 
two T20Is against Pakistan at home in Edinburgh just before making the trip across to the Netherlands, and that could give them a bit of an edge.
 
The tournament will be played in an interesting format. With Scotland playing Pakistan 
on June 12 and 13 at home, they come into the picture only on June 16. Instead, the 
home side and Ireland will face off on June12 and 13, followed by the Ireland v Scotland 
games on June 16 and 17, and then the games between the Netherlands and Scotland 
on June 19 and 20.
 
The Netherlands, interestingly, have not finalised their squad yet. Pieter Seelaar has been unveiled as the new captain following Peter Borren's retirement, and the squad of 10 for the first game has three uncapped players: 22-year-old medium pacer Shane Snater, 25-year-old left-arm pacer Fred Klaasen and Saqib Zulfiqar, the 21-year-old left-arm spinner.

The delay in announcing the final squad is because Timm van der Gugten (Glamorgan), 
Paul van Meekeren (Somerset), Ryan ten Doeschate (Essex) and Roelof van der Merwe 
(Somerset) are all on county duty and their participation isn't confirmed.
 
That, in any case, is for the first two games. For the Scotland fixtures, Max O'Dowd and 
Quirijn Gunnin have been named in the squad, with van der Gugten, van Meekeren and 
van der Merwe on stand-by.
 
Ireland have a new captain too, with William Porterfield opting out of the leadership role 
in the shortest format and Gary Wilson stepping in. It's a strong squad, with many of the 
men who were part of the maiden Test ? including batting star Kevin O'Brien ? in the mix.
Scotland, meanwhile, apart from getting game time against Pakistan, the No.1 T20I 
team in the world, will also have the same squad of 15 doing duty in the Netherlands, 
giving them a bit of consistency and practice.
 
All in all, this should be an intriguing contest between three teams trying to make big 
statements.
 
Key players:
 
Pieter Seelaar (The Netherlands): At 30, the new captain has a fair amount of experience, 
having played 37 ODIs and 39 T20Is, but wasn't at his best in his team's up-and-down 
campaign at the World Cup qualifiers. His left-arm spin, though, is excellent when he is 
in rhythm, as his career T20I economy rate of 6.55 proves.
 
Kevin O'Brien (Ireland): One of the most popular centuries in World Cup history ? the one 
against England in 2011 ? made him the darling of Irish fans, and he built on his reputation 
with a counter-attacking 118 in the second innings of the Pakistan Test. With his medium 
pace still quite handy, O'Brien might be the man to make a difference for Ireland.
 
Safyaan Sharif (Scotland): The 27-year-old right-arm medium pacer made the difference in 
the end in the ODI against England, yorking Mark Wood to seal the six-run win. That was 
only to be expected from Sharif, whose 17 wickets in the World Cup qualifiers was one of 
the highlights of the tournament. Nippy and crafty, Sharif has a big reputation, which he 
will look to build on in the Netherlands.
 
Squads:
Netherlands (to face Ireland): Pieter Seelaar (c), Wesley Barresi, Ben Cooper, Scott 
Edwards, Fred Klaassen, Bas de Leede, Shane Snater, Tobias Visee, Saqib Zulfiqar, 
Sikander Zulfiqar
To be confirmed: Timm van der Gugten, Paul van Meekeren, Roelof van der Merwe, 
Ryan ten Doeschate
 
Netherlands (to face Scotland): Pieter Seelaar (c), Wesley Barresi, Ben Cooper, Scott 
Edwards, Quirijn Gunnin, Fred Klaassen, Bas de Leede, Max O'Dowd, Shane Snater, 
Tobias Visee, Saqib Zulfiqar, Sikander Zulfiqar
To be confirmed: Timm van der Gugten, Paul van Meekeren, Roelof van der Merwe
 
Ireland: Gary Wilson (c), Andy Balbirnie, Peter Chase, Goerge Dockrell, Barry McCarthy, 
Kevin O'Brien, William Porterfield, Stuart Poynter, Boyd Rankin, James Shannon, Simi 
Singh, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Craig Young.
 
Scotland: Kyle Coetzer (c), Richie Berrington, Dylan Budge, Matt Cross, Alasdair Evans, 
Hamza Tahir, Michael Leask, Calum MacLeod, George Munsey, Safyaan Sharif, Chris 
Sole, Craig Wallace, Mark Watt, Brad Wheal, Stuart Whittington.(UNI)
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