The Scotland national cricket team played their first full match in 1865 against the English county Surrey while they became the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Associate Members in 1994. Currently, Scotland have qualified for the Super Six stage in the ODI World Cup 2023 Qualifiers and will face five teams including Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Oman, Netherlands, and West Indies as the top two teams will qualify for the world cup finals.
In the ongoing ODI WC Qualifiers 2023, a total of ten teams participated in two groups with Group-A comprising Sri Lanka, Scotland, Oman, Ireland, and UAE while Group B comprising Zimbabwe, Netherlands, West Indies, Nepal, and the USA. The top three teams from each group qualified for the Super Six stage and will play three matches each against the teams from another group.
Scotland are currently placed at the 12th spot in the ICC ODI Men's Team Rankings and have played in the 1999, 2007, and 2015 ODI World Cups and five T20 World Cup tournaments in 2007, 2009, 2016, 2021, and 2022. The Scottish Saltires have also played in each ICC Intercontinental Cup tournament, winning the inaugural edition in 2004.
The Scotland Cricket Union was formed in 1908 but underwent a major restructuring in 2001 and was renamed Cricket Scotland. The Scottish Saltires finished fourth in the 2001 ICC Trophy, which was the qualification tournament for the 2003 world cup, after losing a play-off game to Canada. However, they defeated the long-time rivals Ireland in the final of the 2005 tournament.
Scotland cut off their links with the England cricket team in 1992 and became the Associate Member of the ICC two years later. Scotland have three sub-associations including the East of Scotland Cricket Association, the Western District Cricket Union, and the Aberdeenshire Cricket Association.
Records and Stats
Currently, former South Africa cricketer Douglas Watson is the head coach of the Scotland men's team as he replaced compatriot Shane Burger this year. Check Scotland men's team's records and stats:
- Scotland have played 149 ODI matches winning 66 and losing 75 matches with a tie and seven abandoned matches.
- The highest team total is 371/5 against England on June 10, 2018, at the Grange Cricket Club, Edinburgh.
- The highest individual score is 175 by Calum MacLeod against Canada on January 27, 2014, at the Hagley Oval, Christchurch.
- The best individual bowling figure for Scotland is recorded by Josh Davey with 6/28 against Afghanistan on January 14, 2015, at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi.
- Kyle Coetzer is the leading run-scorer for Scotland with 3,192 runs at an average of 38.92.
Current Squad: Richie Berrington (Captain), Dylan Budge, Michael Jones, Christopher McBride, George Munsey, Chris Greaves, Michael Leask, Brandon McMullen, Matthew Cross (VC/WK), Tomas Mackintosh, Craig Wallace, Hamza Tahir, Mark Watt, Adrian Neill, Safyaan Sharif, Chris Sole.