England to face Scotland in ODI


England will play their first one-day international against Scotland in August 2008 after an agreement between the two boards. Another match is penciled in for 2012 depending on Scotland’s continued ODI status.

Also part of the deal is the continued participation of Scotland and Scotland A in the English domestic game and the boards and also agreed to ensure the compatibility of television contracts for the two countries. Earlier this year the ECB had a run-in with the Irish Cricket Union after they arranged the matches against India and South Africa because the ECB felt it impinged on their TV rights.

“We are absolutely delighted that we have reached an agreement with the ECB moving forward,” said Roddy Smith, the Cricket Scotland chief executive. “The ECB have been strong supporters of ours for a number of years and it was a logical step to make a formal agreement moving forward.

“Having the full England side in Scotland for an ODI next year will give the game a huge boost and I am sure our cricketing public will be looking forward to welcoming the England team.”

David Collier, the ECB chief executive, added: “We have a strong relationship with Cricket Scotland and we are delighted to have been able to reach this agreement. The ODI against Scotland will create a great deal of interest both north and south of the border and will be the latest chapter in the friendly sporting rivalry between the two countries.”

Last year England played an one-day international against Ireland, in Stormont, but that fixture has yet to be repeated.

Source:Cricket News

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