Scotland to play three matches in Dubai before World T20
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Scotland will play three fixtures in Dubai next month in preparation for their ICC World T20 campaign in India.
Grant Bradburn's side will play a combined County XI, United Arab Emirates and the Netherlands in T20 contests on 3, 4 and 5 February.
Prior to that, the Scots have a World Cricket League Championship match with Hong Kong on Thursday and then two T20 meetings against the same opposition.
"We are eager to play as much cricket as possible," said Bradburn.
"The chance to play three T20s in Dubai on our way home from Hong Kong gives us some much needed additional game time."
In India, Scotland will be in Group B of the first round of the World T20 and play, in sequence, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe and Hong Kong, who beat Scotland in the first of their World Cricket League ODIs on Tuesday.
The winners of Groups A and B progress to the Super 10 round, which will feature, among others, Australia, England and the host nation.
"The players have prepared so well over the winter months and we have also tucked away some excellent preparation in Abu Dhabi, so the team is now ready to play," Bradburn added on the Cricket Scotland website.
"The three fixtures in Dubai will allow all players some game time to command selection in the playing XI.
"These games also allow us as a squad to establish our first-choice combinations aligned to each opposition and the conditions we might face."