McMullen earns maiden call-up to Scotland squad for T20 World Cup; Wheal, Davey return

Allrounder Brandon McMullen has earned a maiden call-up to the Scotland side for the T20 World Cup scheduled in Australia next month. Brad Wheal and Josh Davey, the pace-bowling duo who weren’t part of the white-ball series against New Zealand in July, have been called back into the 15-member squad to be led by Richie Berrington.

Pace bowlers Ali Evans, Gavin Main and Adrian Neill, and batters Chris McBridge and Oliver Hairs – who were all part of that home series – have been left out.

According to a Cricket Scotland release, McMullen has been called up on the back of his impressive performances at the Regional series and A team matches with both bat and ball. Wheal, meanwhile, finished fifth on the top wicket-takers’ table at this season’s Vitality Blast with 22 wickets in 13 matches playing for champions Hampshire, after which he also played in the Hundred.
Davey, who represented Somerset across formats this summer, finished with 15 wickets in 11 matches in the Blast. He also topped the wickets charts for Scotland in the T20 World Cup last year, finishing with nine wickets in five games, including 4 for 18 against PNG.

The squad includes the experience of Berrington, George Munsey, Matt Cross and Calum MacLeod in the batting department, while the bowling line-up also features Mark Watt, Safyann Sharif and Hamza Tahir. Cross has been named vice-captain of the side.

The release also mentioned that “forty players were considered for selection” after analysing the performances at men’s T20 Blitz cricket at Ayr and Clydesdale.

“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.

“The squad has a blend of youth and experience alongside locally based players and County representatives. The balance of the team and chemistry is crucial to contributing to performances at the World Cup. We believe we have a good mix of the above and have selected players that are in form and can perform under pressure.”

The only T20Is Scotland have played since last year’s T20 World Cup – where they finished winless in Group Two after qualifying for the Super 12s – are the two matches against New Zealand in July. They are scheduled to play warm-up games against Netherlands and UAE ahead of their first-round matches in the upcoming tournament, where they are placed alongside West Indies, Ireland and Zimbabwe in Group B.

Scotland will take on West Indies in their opening match in Hobart on October 17.

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

(With Inputs from ESPN)

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