‘We need to be braver in T20 cricket’ – Scotland Women educate Steve Knox
Ahead of a critical summer season of ICC qualifying tournaments for the Associates, Scotland Women head educate Steve Knox contemplated at the importance of hosting a massive-scale global qualifying tournament and what it manner for cricket in Scotland. U. S. Is about to
host the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier 2019 in August and September this 12 months, and Knox noticed it as a possibility to further improvement of the sport, specifically the ladies recreation in Scotland. “To have hosted the Europe/Americas Qualifier in Stirling multiple years in the past become high-quality, but to host the Global Qualifier is a step up in phrases of the range and profile of the groups with a view to becoming,” Knox said. “To have Full Members in Bangladesh and Ireland competing against us may be superb, and the possibility we need to promote the game, given the improvement that’s already taken the region in Scotland close to the girl side of the game, is large. It’s ideal timing as regards to that, and with any luck, also development can be kick-began at the back of it.”
Scotland fell brief of qualifying for the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2018 via one region, once they finished 1/3 inside the previous qualifying match inside the Netherlands. They made the semi-final and ended up struggling a heartbreaking defeat to Bangladesh Women no matter a strong bowling performance, as they could simplest muster seventy six/7 in a chase of 126. Knox, however, stated that they’d discovered the training from the defeat and feature identified they want to be braver in T20 cricket. “We weren’t brave sufficient,” he stated. “The ladies have all acknowledged that and said that we want to be braver as a group in T20 due to the fact you need to take calculated risks. That has been the message we’ve been seeking to ram home this iciness. “If we’re prepared to take risks, it opens up such a lot of more possibilities. Occasionally, we can get it incorrect. However, the attractive element about this coming summer time is that we’ve got two months main into [the ICC Women’s Qualifier Europe 2019 in] Spain, in which we have a whole lot of possibilities to attempt matters.
“It doesn’t count if we get things wrong – that is the remaining 12 months of the ECB competitions of their present shape, so if we come remaining, who cares so long as we have discovered something that we will use along the manner? So, hopefully, come September, if we are chasing 120 in opposition to Bangladesh within the semi-final, we’re organised to be forty for two off six overs in preference to 25 for 1. That makes all the difference on this sport.” Before web hosting the Women’s World T20 Qualifier, Scotland will tour to Spain for the ICC Women’s Qualifier Europe 2019. Though their location at the worldwide T20 World Cup qualifier is already confident, the Europe qualifier may even function a way for the team finishing pinnacle to qualify for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier in 2020. The Europe qualifier will run from 24 June to the quiet of the month, and Scotland will compete alongside Germany and the Netherlands. “Even although we’ve got the web hosting rights, we aren’t as free to experiment as we would have been because it’s far the qualifier for the 50-over event as properly,” Knox said. “But for me, the match is readily being ruthless. We’ve ranked ten locations above Holland and 15-20 places above Germany, so let’s go out and display why we are ranked in which we are. As long as we do this, it’ll stand us in suitable stead for August, and will hopefully imply we are a hit in making that following degree for the global fifties.”