When Scottish off-spinner Katherine Fraser was born, Mithali Raj had already completed 2,135 international runs.
Fraser, born in April 2005, joins the ICC T20 World Cup qualifier in her home country and is a key player in Scotland’s quest to secure a place in the first Women’s World Cup in both formats – T20 or 50 overs.
Despite her youth, Fraser has already left a significant impression on this young Scottish team. At the recent quadrangular tournament in the Netherlands involving the Dutch, Thai and Irish teams, Fraser ended the tournament as the co-leading wicket-taker with nine wickets from their six outings. Their three goals in narrow victories against the Netherlands and Thailand have proved to be crucial.
Now that Fraser has a World Cup base in Australia, she is excited about the opportunity to make history with her country. “It’s really very, very exciting, it’s a great opportunity,” she said, “We had a great showing in this tournament (Scotland finished second behind Thailand in the square series) – we have the chance to do something really special . “
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“Come to the World Cup. That is our main goal. I can learn so much. It’s really exciting, I’ve never been to Australia so it would be great to play against the best teams in the world. I would absolutely love the opportunity to do that, “said Fraser, who later joined the Scottish squad as her team-mate in Dundee so as not to miss too much school.
Fraser’s more experienced teammates were a great help to her as she took her first steps in international cricket. Fraser was pleased with the unwavering support and said, “They gave us a lot of support, they are always there for you to talk to, and I’ve learned so much from them on the few tours I’ve been to.”
Fraser’s interest in and subsequent love for the game came from her mother Veronica, who is on the sidelines of every qualification match in Scotland. Not surprisingly, she enjoys the extraordinary success of her daughter in the early days of her career.
Fraser, the youngest player of the tournament, is obviously a fast learner and one of the most important. If everything goes well for Scotland, she may have to give up another school in early 2020.