ICC offers Twenty20 spot
Scotland have been handed a golden opportunity to qualify for the inaugural Twenty20 World Championship after the ICC confirmed that 12 nations would take part in South Africa in September 2007.
The two finalists at next January's World Cricket League, featuring hosts Kenya, Scotland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Canada and Bermuda, will be invited to take on the world's best, although there will be little opportunity to hone Twenty20 skills in an already congested calendar.
"We don't play a lot of 20-over cricket but in fact we have played some of our best cricket in shortened matches against the counties," Scotland captain Craig Wright said in reference to matches won against Worcestershire and Northamptonshire in this year's C&G Trophy, and Somerset in the 2003 NCL. "Along with the World Cup, the incentive of having two events like this in one year is massive."