Brandon McMullen, an all-around player, has received his first call-up to the Scotland team for the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia. The fast bowling pair Brad Wheal and Josh Davey, have been recalled to the squad of 15, which will be coached by Richie Berrington. They missed the white-ball series against New Zealand in July.
They have left out the pace bowlers Ali Evans, Gavin Main, and Adrian Neill, as well as the hitters Chris McBridge and Oliver Hairs, who were all a part of that home series.
McMullen was reportedly called up by Cricket Scotland as a result of his outstanding performances in both the bat and the ball throughout the Regional series and A team games. Wheal was placed seventh in the Vitality Blast top wicket-takers standings this season with 22 wickets in 13 matches. This was while playing for the winning team Hampshire, and he also participated in the Hundred.
Davey, who this summer represented Somerset in a variety of formats, concluded with 15 wickets in 11 Blast games. In the T20 World Cup last year, he also led Scotland in wickets, finishing with nine in five games, including 4 for 18 against PNG.
Berrington, George Munsey, Matt Cross, and Calum MacLeod, all of whom have batting experience, are also on the team. Mark Watt, Safyann Sharif, and Hamza Tahir round out the bowling lineup. Cross has been selected as the team’s vice-captain.
According to the press release, “forty players were considered for selection” after the results of the men’s T20 Blitz cricket matches in Ayr and Clydesdale were evaluated.
“It was good to see other younger players put performances in under pressure, and I have no doubt their opportunities will come in the not-too-distant future,” head coach Shane Burger said. “We have selected 15 that we believe will make the desired impact we are looking for. For those players who are not going to the World Cup, we look forward to seeing them challenging for international honours in years to come.”
On October 17, Scotland will play the West Indies in their opening game in Hobart.
Scotland squad: Richard Berrington (capt), George Munsey, Michael Leask, Brad Wheal, Chris Sole, Chris Greaves, Safyaan Sharif, Josh Davey, Matthew Cross (wk), Calum MacLeod, Hamza Tahir, Mark Watt, Brandon McMullen, Michael Jones, Craig Wallace