Scotland v Afghanistan: Con de Lange given first full call-up

Nottinghamshire all-rounder Con de Lange
Con de Lange qualifies through residency

Scotland have called up South Africa-born Con de Lange for next week's Intercontinental Cup match against Afghanistan in Stirling.

The 34-year-old former Northants all-rounder has completed a four-year residency stay in the UK to qualify for his adopted nation.

But former captain Kyle Coetzer is among a five-man list of those unavailable for the four-day contest.

Ruaidhri Smith, Matt Machan, Josh Davey and Rob Taylor are also missing.

De Lange was part of a Scots XI side that cruised to a 275-run victory over the United Arab Emirates in a non-cap friendly in Southampton this week.

Head coach Grant Bradburn said: "This is the first step in an exciting opportunity to push our case for Test status.

Kyle Coetzer in action for Scotland
Kyle Coetzer is one of the players who misses out for Scotland

"We have had some good preparation against UAE and will be looking to bring that confidence into this first key match of the I-Cup.

"We've got an exciting mix of youth and experience in our side and we will be looking to put the opposition under pressure in our home conditions at Stirling, which we know well."

Preston Mommsen, who hit a century against the UAE, captains the side for the match against Afghanistan, which starts on Tuesday.

After impressing this week, 19-year-old Warwickshire batsman Andrew Umeed and Hamish Gardiner are also included in the squad.

Scotland will have Durham duo Calum MacLeod and Gavin Main at their disposal, while Matthew Cross is expected to keep wicket.

Scotland squad: Preston Mommsen (capt), Richie Berrington, Matthew Cross, Freddie Coleman, Con de Lange, Alasdair Evans, Hamish Gardiner, Michael Leask, Calum MacLeod, Gavin Main, Safyaan Sharif, Andrew Umeed, Mark Watt.

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