Scotland will play England in a Twenty20 cricket match for the first time when the ‘auld enemies’ face each other in the first of two warm-up matches ahead of the World T20 Championships in June.
The historic fixture was confirmed today by the International Cricket Council, and will be played at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, on Tuesday June 2, a day-night game starting at 5.30pm.
Cricket Scotland will announce ticketing arrangements in due course, but it is anticipated that many Scottish supporters will make the journey south to support the Saltires in this important preparation fixture.
Scotland’s second warm-up match will be against the Netherlands the following day, Wednesday June 3, starting at 3.30pm at The Oval, which is also the venue for both of Scotland’s initial pool games, against New Zealand on Saturday June 6 (10am start) and South Africa on Sunday June 7 (3.30pm start).
"This is really tremendous news," said Roddy Smith, chief executive of Cricket Scotland. "We played the first-ever One-Day International against England only last year. Now we’re being pitched in against them in this Twenty20 warm-up game. You can be certain that our players will be up for the challenge, and in this short form of the game anything can happen."
Scotland captain Ryan Watson said: "We’re really looking forward to these games. They should be a lot of fun, and a highlight of the forthcoming season. However, our thoughts are firmly on the forthcoming ICC World Cup Qualifier in South Africa. We cannot afford to look any further ahead than that."