LONDON (AFP) – Scotland arrive at what will be their third World Cup desperate for a maiden tournament victory after eight defeats combined at the 1999 and 2007 editions.
For a non-Test nation, the Scots’ World Cup record may not seem that surprising but the fact they bowed out of the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean with a crushing eight-wicket defeat by fellow associate country the Netherlands tells its own story.
For many years Scotland were regarded as one of the premier non-Test nations, supplying an England captain in the late Mike Denness during the 1970s and county stalwarts such as Essex’s Brian Hardie.
However, recently they’ve had to look on enviously as Ireland, the Netherlands and Afghanistan have all shone on the world stage, with Bangladesh making the transition from associate to Test status.
“We’ve underachieved over the last five to ten years,” Scotland all-rounder Calum MacLeod told the CricInfo website.
“We need to beat some Full Members (Test nations). If we manage to do that then the exposure of the game will increase,” he added, conscious of how such victories have been a catalyst for the growth of Irish cricket.
Scotland’s squad for the World Cup features seasoned Northamptonshire batsman Kyle Coetzer while a change in qualification regulations, which allows British passport holders with Scottish parentage to play for them, has paved the way for the likes of Leicestershire all-rounder Rob Taylor, Sussex batsman Matt Machan and Yorkshire seamer Iain Wardlaw to be included in the 15-man party.