Mommsen to captain Scotland at CWC 15
Cricket Scotland today (1 December) announces that Preston Mommsen will Captain the Scotland squad at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, with Kyle Coetzer named as Vice-Captain.
Mommsen, 27, played a pivotal role as Scotland succeeded in securing their third appearance at an ICC Cricket World Cup. He had an impressive tournament in New Zealand in January 2014, scoring 520 runs in eight innings and claiming Player of the Tournament.
He has compiled 684 runs after 26 One Day Internationals with an average of 31.09. His highest score of 139 came against the UAE in the Final of the 2014 Qualifying Tournament. A fantastic year culminated in Mommsen being named as the 2014 ICC Associate and Affiliate Player of the Year.
The Cricket World Cup starts on 14 February 2015, with Scotland’s six group matches being played in New Zealand and Tasmania. Scotland’s first match will take place on 17 February against New Zealand in Dunedin, which is already sold out. There then follows a clash against England in Christchurch on 23 February.
The tournament is one of the world's most viewed sporting events. The Scots preparations are now well underway, with a recently completed acclimatisation tour of Australia and New Zealand under their belts, and a nine day intensive batting camp in Dubai.
Scotland Coach, Grant Bradburn, said: “We have a strong squad line up and excellent leaders in Preston and Kyle, as we prepare to play some international cricketing giants on the world stage next February in New Zealand. We don’t underestimate the challenge but we have been training hard and will be bringing our absolute best to this hugely important global event.”
Captain, Preston Mommsen, said: “It's a huge honour to be leading the Scotland team into the 2015 Cricket World Cup. This group of players have been together for a couple of years now, and this has always been the dream.
The preparation over the past couple of months has been hugely productive, with the squad fully focused and committed to delivering on the World Stage. It's an exciting time for everyone involved in Scottish Cricket and hopefully our performances in Australia and New Zealand will help promote the game, and inspire the next generation in Scotland.”