Cleckheaton’s Wardlaw could earn Scotland cap

Iain Wardlaw.
Iain Wardlaw.

Cleckheaton cricketer Iain Wardlaw could be in line to gain an international cap after he was selected to tour the United Arab Emirates with Scotland.

It has been a whirlwind two years for the fast bowler, who began his career at Hartshead Moor.

Wardlaw was spotted by Yorkshire officials playing for Cleckheaton in the Bradford League and the 27-year-old impressed in trials to earn a contract with the Tykes.

He has played 17 games in all competitions for Yorkshire and it was after his appearances in the Champions League T20 competition in South Africa last October that he was selected for Scotland trials.

Wardlaw will now hope to be involved in games against Afghanistan on a tour to the UAE.

Wardlaw said: “It was a great honour to be called into the training camp with the national side.”

Dewsbury-born Wardlaw has shown determination to succeed both at Cleckheaton and Yorkshire and could now be in line to play on the international stage for Scotland.

Wardlaw qualifies for the Saltires as his father is Scottish and the national side are currently playing in the World Cricket League, where they hope to earn one of two qualification places for the 2015 World Cup.

While in the UAE, Scotland will play Afghanistan in two World Cricket League one-day games, a four-day Intercontinental Cup match and two Twenty20 fixtures.

Wardlaw added: “There will be a lot of pressure on the matches in March.

“Afghanistan could be one of those teams that could embarrass you if you’re not prepared and focused.”

It promises to be a big year for Scotland, who are due to take on the might of Pakistan and Australia during this summer and Wardlaw would love to be involved against those two Test playing giants if he can first impress on tour to the UAE.