Grant Bradburn blog - 'A view from Pune'
Coach Grant Bradburn gives his thoughts on the squads first few days in India ahead of a set of four unofficial warm up matches against local opposition.
With two excellent days training under our belt at the Poona Club in Pune, everyone is looking forward to game time tomorrow. Our programme here has been planned to add the finishing touches to our preparation for game one of the WT20 prelims v Afghanistan on March 8th.
From here on in we will focus on game preparation, beginning tomorrow morning with a double header at the Poona Club vs Poona and a Mumbai club side in the afternoon.
With only half of our team having Indian playing experience, our training here at Poona with quality nets and open wicket, has been so important for us to get a feel for the environment and playing surfaces.
The heat is definitely a factor with 36 degrees of hot sun, helping acclimatise the squad over the past two days. We are quickly learning about the effect of the baking sun on the pitches which change significantly during the day. We have even been simulating the dew factor of night games, by training with wet cricket balls, which is testing and great learning for both fielders and bowlers.
The whole touring party is loving being in India and we already have a taste of how passionate everyone is about cricket here as lots of locals already seem to know who we are. Our hotel is surrounded by vibrant busy local street stalls and jam packed roads with the constant sounds of horns 24/7.
The bus ride to the ground is always fascinating as India seems to have it's own road rules! The food has been excellent and, to this point, everyone in the squad is fit and well.
While the four games this week and two official games next week are our only warm ups for our three big battles to make the main WT20 draw, we are determined to get into winning mode quickly.
As coach I couldn't be happier with the way our squad have prepared both at home and over the past two days. As staff we have recognised huge improvements physically while skills have development hugely since the CWC this time last year.
This Scotland side are outstanding in the way they prepare and we are determined as a group to turn that reputation into consistent outstanding performers on the field. Everyone in the squad will get game time over the next week, before we start to fine tune our number one side.