Collingwood looks forward to T20 challenge

21 Oct

Paul Collingwood looks ahead to the challenges that face Scotland.

The Scotland squad undertook a pre-tour fitness testing session on Sunday ahead of their vital excursion to the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifiers in Dubai next month.

The team will head to Bagaduish for a team building camp over the next few days before heading to Colombo next week.

Craig Wallace and Calvin Burnett were the final two players standing during the latter stages of the Yo-Yo test.

It was the first opportunity for new assistant coach Paul Collingwood to meet the squad and familiarise himself with the players that he will be working with over the coming months.

‘I’ve introduced myself to the guys, who have been fitness-testing today, which I’m quite glad I’m not having to do myself, before we head off for a few days of team building in the Highlands.’

When asked about the conditions that the team are likely to encounter Collingwood added, “It’s going to be a challenge out there. Having played in Sri Lanka a lot myself, it’s going to be hot and we’re going to be facing some challenging conditions, but it will be a good way to prepare for the T20 Qualifiers and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in.”

The two World Cup Qualifying competitions present excellent opportunities for the national team to appear in two major events, which excites the former England star, “I’m really pleased to be part of the set up here and really looking forward to the months ahead. If I can play a small part in helping Scotland reach two World Cups, which is the aim, then I’ll be delighted.”

Having won the T20 World Cup with England in 2010, Collingwood is well placed to explain the variations between the 50 over and shorter versions of the game. “The difference between the T20 format and the 50 over game is that you have to be clinical with the ball, keep cool and ensure the opposition don’t get away from you. You have to be brave when executing your shots too.

As the team prepared to leave coach Pete Stiendl commented, ‘We’re looking forward to a couple of days in the north of Scotland where we will participate in a variety of team-building activities, as part of our preparation before heading off to Sri Lanka for 12 days where we will have the chance to get outside and play up to five T20 Warm up games.”

After training skipper Kyle Coetzer spoke enthusiastically about the challenges ahead “It will be great to get stuck into a bit of team building and getting us together as a group before we head off to what is a massive tournament for us. It’s great to have Colly here. I had him working in the nets with me straight away and he talked about some of the great games we had previously been involved in.” 

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