CS Announces New National Team Coaching Structure

28 Apr

Grant Bradburn new coachCricket Scotland today announced the new national team coaching structure designed to take Scotland forward to the 2015 Cricket World Cup and into the new Intercontinental Cup and World Cricket League structures which follow the ICC’s flagship event in Australia and New Zealand.

Former New Zealand test cricketer, Grant Bradburn (47) has been appointed as Head Coach.  Bradburn has an impressive first class coaching career having led New Zealand's Northern Districts to first class and one day titles during his five year stint as their Head Coach. 

In the last year, Bradburn has been the Head Coach of New Zealand A, taking the team on tours of Sri Lanka and India as well as home fixtures with the West Indies and India.

As part of Cricket Scotland's new coaching structure, Craig Wright, who coached the team to recent success at the Cricket World Cup Qualifier, will take up a new role.  He will take charge of Cricket Scotland’s Elite Player Development Programme and be assistant coach to Bradburn. 

Along with Toby Bailey’s role as the lead fielding coach and performance analyst and Simon Smith’s as the strength and conditioning coach, the national side will have a powerful coaching team under the direction of Bradburn.  Wright will head up the coaching staff until the arrival of Bradburn, including taking charge of the squad for the forthcoming England match on 9th May.

Commenting on his appointment Bradburn said:

"It is an honour to be named as coach of Scotland. This is a fantastic opportunity to work with players and staff at Cricket Scotland and I am thrilled at the prospect of working with a nation trying so hard to build on recent success.

"As a coach, this presents a great opportunity to add value, by driving continual improvement, building depth with healthy competition for Scottish representation. The Scotland team have performed well by qualifying for the 2015 World Cup which will be played in New Zealand and Australia at venues that I am very familiar with. With my appointment through to the end of 2017, I will focus sharply on continuing Scotland’s progress towards being a leading force in world cricket. I am also motivated to contribute to Scotland Cricket’s overall performance systems, aligning with each region to build clear player pathways and assisting more Scottish players to step up onto the world stage. 

"Cricket Scotland has a high quality team of people supporting the players, with excellent systems in place. With my experience of orchestrating successful high performance environments, I look forward to working with the players and staff at Cricket Scotland and assisting them to continue to grow and perform."

Bradburn will be in Scotland for two weeks in May, to meet the players and support staff and attend the Royal London one day international between Scotland and England in Aberdeen on 9th May.  He will also attend an ICC seminar being held in Scotland for the four World Cup Qualifiers.  Bradburn will then return to New Zealand before returning to take up his position full time on 1st July.

As part of this restructure, Cricket Scotland have also increased Andy Tennant’s responsibilities from his former Head of Performance role to become the Director of Cricket, in charge of all strategic and operational cricketing matters.  As part of this change, the Head Coach will report directly to the Director of Cricket.

Commenting on Grant Bradburn’s appointment, Andy Tennant said:

"We are delighted that we have been able to attract a coach of Grant’s ability and pedigree to head up our national team programme.  During the recruitment process Grant was able to show the vision, foresight and attributes we were looking for to drive our Scotland national team through the World Cup and onwards to the next Intercontinental Cup and WCL cycles. He has an exceptional track record of producing international cricketers and is used to working in similar environments to the one he will find in Scotland.

With Craig, Toby and Simon as his coaching team, as well as the ability to bring in other specialist assistance as required, we believe we have all the building blocks in place to build on the recent success in New Zealand.  I very much look forward to working with Grant when he arrives.’’

Grant Bradburn will attend a press briefing on 6th May in Edinburgh, further details of which will be announced in due course.

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