New Delhi: Paul Collingwood says two wins for Scotland at next years Cricket World Cup will be a huge achievement for the team. Scotland are in Pool A along with Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.
The 38-year-old former England captain will re-join the Scotland coaching staff ahead of the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. He shared a temporary coaching role with Craig Wright after Pete Steindl's departure. The duo helped the Scottish team qualify for the quadrennial event at the start of the year.
Scotland won the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier final, beating United Arab Emirates by 41 runs in the final. During the New Zealand qualifying tournament, Scotland won seven of the eight matches, including the final. Their only blemish was a 17 run defeat to Hong Kong in the first match.
England's Twenty20 World Cup winning captain said, “If we (Scotland) can get two wins, I think that would be a huge achievement.” Scotland will open their World Cup campaign against hosts New Zealand on February 17 at Dunedin.
He will be rooting for a Scotland win when the two British teams meet on February 23 at Christchurch. “It's a great pleasure for me to be back on the coaching team with the Scotland squad for the 2015 World Cup. I'm very much looking forward to working with them to help get the team fully prepared for these incredibly important matches,” he added.
Scotland's chances of winning against New Zealand, England Sri Lanka and Australia are virtually non-existent. But they can hope to beat Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
With agency inputs