Scotland know that other teams will see them as one of the teams to beat in the ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 and they are prepared for the challenge.
Scotland is in 14th place in the ICC ODI team ranking of MRF Tires, making it the best-placed of the tournament’s seven teams. Together with Namibia, Nepal, Oman, PNG, the United Arab Emirates and the USA, they will compete in each of 36 ODIs in 21 tri-series in two and a half years. The three best teams make it into the cricket world of the ICC Men’s Cup Qualifier 2022.
Scotland, who narrowly missed the chance to finish in the top two in the 2018 Men’s Cricket World Cup qualifier and thus be present at the first event in England and Wales in 2019, has this disappointment in a new cycle flowed in.
They start their campaign at home and host a tri-series with Oman and PNG in Aberdeen between the 14th and 21st of August.
“There is no doubt that we will be the team to beat in this competition,” said Shane Burger, the coach, to the BBC. “All six teams come to become the division’s best-placed team.
“After the grief of being so close [in 2018], it certainly would have motivated players to move on to the next one,” Burger said.
Oman claim a thrilling victory over PNG in the first game of the Men's Cricket World Cup League 2 at Aberdeen!— ICC (@ICC) August 14, 2019
They chased down 230 with four wickets and five balls in hand. Sandeep Goud top-scored from No.7 with 67* off 72 balls.#OMAvPNG pic.twitter.com/tDHDNfDfsP
“Both Oman and Papua New Guinea are dangerous teams,” said Matthew Cross, the Scottish goalkeeper, to Press and Journal. “They will play an aggressive type of cricket and will not be afraid.” We could be considered as the scalp and that is a pressure we need to take a little bit for. It is good for people to see us like that – we would like to be mentioned as a member of the next Member State. “
Cross believed that the depth of the team will help them to master the tournament. “The World Cricket League gives us a great chance to play 2023 [World Cup] … We now have a good depth, which we may not always have.
“Shane Burger was a breath of fresh air, trying to work with us as individuals to make us better players and a better team, and it was a new life’s work for the boys.”