Scotland T20 Cricket

Tournament Preview: Scotland can shock at ICC World T20 - coach

2016-02-29
Saltires 10/1 to get through preliminary stage

Grant Bradburn contends Scotland are capable of creating shockwaves at the forthcoming ICC World Twenty20 with the nation 10/1 to win their preliminary round.

In three previous forays in the 50-over World Cup and two in its Twenty20 counterpart, the Saltires have exited at the first hurdle on each occasion with a combined 17 defeats in 18 matches, and one no-result, which does not augur well for their assignment in India.

There were signs of progress at the 2015 World Cup, where they gave New Zealand and Bangladesh a scare, while a gilt-edged opportunity to defeat Afghanistan went begging.

All 15 members of the squad have been capped at international level, though, and Scotland head coach Bradburn believes breaking their duck at a global event could propel them to new heights.

Scotland are 12/5 to begin Group B with victory over Afghanistan, who are 31/100 to win the match and 11/10 to progress to the group stages.

Bradburn’s men will also face Hong Kong (30/1) and Zimbabwe (evens) and with only one team progressing, Bradburn, a former off-spinner and lower-order batsman who played seven Tests and 11 ODIs for New Zealand, knows his side need to hit the ground running.

He told Press Association Sport: “They're all big threats. We have a simple task: to go and win three games and that's what we're preparing for.

"We know we can beat Afghanistan, we know we can beat Hong Kong but we hugely respect them. Zimbabwe, we don't know much about but we're certainly doing our homework on them.

"They are tough associate nations and they're very, very good T20 sides. We know we're going to have to be at our best and not expect the game to fall into our laps."

Should Scotland progress, they will go into Group 1 alongside England, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies.