Latif admires Scotland's progress

Scotland fans had much to cheer as Pakistan skipper Rashid Latif told world cricket bosses to create a place on the big stage for Scotland's one-day team. Latif was unable to conceal his admiration for the fired-up Scots after they went within a single wicket of beating his team in Edinburgh recently.

The wicket-keeper heaped praise on his hosts in their first match of a brief one-day tour of Britain.

Latif said: "Kenya and Bangladesh have been given one-day status and I think there should be a place for Scotland in international cricket as well.

"They made it very tough for us but that was no surprise. We know how well they have been doing this season."

Despite leaving out pace duo Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Sami, Latif insisted the tourists had not treated Scotland lightly.

"We took them seriously," he added. "I'm not worried about our bowling and know what Shoaib and Sami can do but it is our batting that is a concern. The conditions probably helped Scotland but they deserve credit for using them."