Ex-New Zealand International Grant Bradburn has taken over the role as Scotland's head coach, replacing former coach Peter Steindl who left his post in December.
Scotland have been in need of a new permanent coach for a few months after Steindl departed after failing to guide Scotland to the World Twenty20 tournament, recently won by Sri Lanka in Bangladesh last month.
As a temporary measure Scotland appointed duo Paul Collingwood and Craig Wright as interim coaches and their short tenure achieved success as they guided Scotland to World Cup 2015 qualification. This is a great achievement for Scottish cricket and one that they will hope to build on. Unfortunately for Scotland Collingwood has taken up a role with England so they have lost his vast experience. However, former captain Wright will continue to play a major role as assistant to Bradburn and as head of Cricket Scotland's
elite player development programme.
Fourty-seven year-old Bradburn will concentrate on futher enhancing the reputation of this Scottish side and helping to develop the game in the country. He has a lot of experience himself which he can draw upon. As a player Bradburn played seven Test matches for New Zealand and was regarded as a very competent first-class cricketer.
As a coach Bradburn has excelled as a coach down under with Northern District. He has won the four day and one day competitions in New Zealand and was so impressive after his five years in charge that he became New Zealand A coach, the post he is now leaving to join Scotland.
Can Bradburn help Scotland qualify for more International tournaments and become the best of the non-Test playing nations? That must be his ultimate goal.
Scottish cricket is becoming much more organised and professional. They have appointed a Director of Cricket who Bradburn will report to and have a target of breaking into the top ten rankings in both one-day formats of the game. They are stretching targets but by the end of Bradburn's contract in 2017 they will hope to be challenging at this level. They would do
well to try and emulate Irish cricket and the great strides that they have made both on and off the field in recent years.
Bradburn will take charge of Scotland officially on 1st July but prior to that Scotland will host England in a One-Day International in Aberdeen on the 9th May. Wright will be in charge for this game but it will be a great start to a new era for Scottish cricket if they are to shock one of World cricket's superpowers. After watching England perform so disastrously against The Netherlands in the World Twenty20 anything is possible.
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