Scotland will be appearing in its fifth ICC U19 Cricket World Cup, qualifying for the tournament through strong performances in both the regional and global qualifying events.
Scotland dominated the regional European U/19 Championship held in Ireland in 2011, winning all five games and topping the points table to move through to the global qualifier a few months later. The team went on to win eight of its nine matches at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier to finish as the leading team, beating fellow qualifiers Nepal by 57 runs; Ireland by two wickets; Afghanistan by 33 runs; and Namibia by 40 runs.
Scotland U19s has not appeared in the last two ICC U19 Cricket World Cups. With Pakistan, New Zealand and Afghanistan likely to provide some challenging competition in the group matches, Scotland U19s will be hoping to benefit from its extensive match practice over the past year. The team has only faced one of its group opponents in the tournament previously, New Zealand. The teams have played once, with New Zealand winning by 240 runs during a group match of the 2004 tournament in Bangladesh. Scotland has never beaten a full member at the event before, but its recent success at U19s level will give the team plenty of confidence.
Right-handed batsman and fast bowler Paddy Sadler will captain the team, and he will be joined by a number of other players who have also enjoyed success in international competition, including Freddie Coleman, who represented the senior Scotland team this year, and Kyle Smith, who claimed four-wicket and five-wicket hauls against Nepal and Vanuatu respectively in the global qualifier.