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August 29, 2004, 12:36 AM
by MARK WOODS


WHEN the new chief executive of Cricket Scotland, Roddy Smith, arrives at his desk in October, one of the main issues will be how to push the national team towards international one-day status.

The Scots’ suitability for elevation will be under immediate scrutiny when the weakest of the test nations, Bangladesh, take part in friendly matches at the Grange in Edinburgh on Wednesday and Friday against Craig Wright’s struggling side.

The International Cricket Council have confirmed that Scotland are likely to retain their valued High Performance Programme status if they book a place in the next World Cup through next year’s qualifiers in Dublin. However, the game’s governing body are to adopt a more pro-active approach in encouraging lesser top-tier nations, such as Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, to schedule more regular encounters with the game’s aspirants.

Matthew Kennedy, the ICC’s development manager, said: "Bangladesh have decided to tour both Ireland and Scotland in preparation for the Champions Trophy, and we see that as a wholly good thing,

because the more opportunities the associate members get to play against the test nations, the better.

"While these games don’t have official status, under our High Performance Programme we place a high importance on these matches in assessing progress in the country’s development of cricket, and on the development of their players."

Bangladesh have placed their emphasis on youth by naming 21-year-old Rajin Saleh as captain in the absence of the injured Habibul Bashar - ahead of former skippers Khaled Mahmud and Khaled Mashud. And plans are afoot to widen the opportunities for Scotland’s young prospects.

Cricket Scotland’s technical director, Peter Drinnen, has held outline discussions with the ECB to explore integrating the Scottish under-19 side into the English competitive system. This is in line with ICC plans to devote resources to assisting the best young players from outside the test-playing nations.

Kennedy said: "The plan would probably have six countries involved at the outset, again via qualifiers. Those might not be the same ones included at senior level. Once they’re determined, we’ll work with their coaching staffs to see where we can help."

Source: Scotman (http://sport.scotsman.com/cricket.cfm?id=1012782004)

fwullah
August 29, 2004, 01:16 AM
One thing that struck me (which we everybody know for certain) reading this, the last time that we played against Ireland and Scotland, we were on the same level.

This time we're the seniors.

Although this has been said a number of times in a number of places, I just didn't realize it before, that's all.

James90
August 29, 2004, 06:23 AM
Cricket Scotland’s technical director, Peter Drinnen, has held outline discussions with the ECB to explore integrating the Scottish under-19 side into the English competitive system. This is in line with ICC plans to devote resources to assisting the best young players from outside the test-playing nations.


I've trained under Peter Drinnen

oracle
August 29, 2004, 08:06 AM
Cricket Scotland’s technical director, Peter Drinnen, has held outline discussions with the ECB to explore integrating the Scottish under-19 side into the English competitive system. This is in line with ICC plans to devote resources to assisting the best young players from outside the test-playing nations


ICC better devote resources to assist Bangladesh and West Indies, 2 test playing nations in trouble with performance, instead of looking at 20 other countries' development.:(

Zunaid
August 29, 2004, 05:34 PM
From the Scotsman

MARK WOODS

WHEN the new chief executive of Cricket Scotland, Roddy Smith, arrives at his desk in October, one of the main issues will be how to push the national team towards international one-day status.

The Scots’ suitability for elevation will be under immediate scrutiny when the weakest of the test nations, Bangladesh, take part in friendly matches at the Grange in Edinburgh on Wednesday and Friday against Craig Wright’s struggling side.

>>>> full article (http://sport.scotsman.com/cricket.cfm?id=1012782004) <<<<