Spain are one of seven countries still in contention to lift the European Cricket Championship Trophy. Starting out with 31 nations in the competition Spain enter finals week along with Jersey, Italy, Germany, England, Ireland and the current holders Holland.
Spain reach this milestone after going undefeated in Group A, seeing off France, Isle of Man, Greece and the Czech Republic. The team will see a few different faces for the finals as Hassan Ali, Ameer Hamzah and Mohammad Babar are either unavailable of not selected this time round. Regular team manager Imran Malik is also unable to make the trip because of work commitments. Coach Corey Rutgers thanked the trio of players and Imran and acknowledged they were a big reason why Spain made final weeks.
Replacements will be batsmeen Mohammad Yasin of Pak-I-Care, Mati Ur Rehman and Snenith Reddy. Mati and Snenith will be making their international debut. Veteran Adeel Raja has also been added to the bowling attack.
Spàin play Jersey Monday morning and will have a difficult task in trying to beat the Islanders. Zak Tribe is unavailable but Jonty Jenner is a valuable addition to the squad that is travelling to Malaga. In the afternoon Spain take on Ireland who have added Under 19 International Matthew Weldon to their team. He replaces John McNally who has educational studies to take care of.
Tuesday Spain only have one match against Italy and then on Wednesday the team have a blockbuster day with match ups with England and the Netherlands. Spain’s final group game is on Thursday evening against a strong looking German team.
The top four countries from the seven teams will progress to the final day of the competition on Friday with the winners being crowned champions that evening.
SPAIN SQUAD FOR FINALS WEEK
Daniel Doyle Calle (Captain)
Yasir Ali (Vice Captain)
Mati Ul Rehman
Coaches – Corey Rutgers and Alastair Priddle
Physio – Christian Munoz-Mills