Mommsen ready for WT20 Challenge

16 Feb

Scotland’s record in Twenty20 internationals against Afghanistan is not one upon which any supporter of the national team would wish to dwell but Preston Mommsen is refreshingly optimistic ahead of his team’s World Cup opener.

The sides meet in Nagpur on March 8 and the national skipper, while aware of the magnitude of the challenge, is cautiously optimistic that the Scots can launch their campaign with the win which could inspire them to progress from a group in which they also face Zimbabwe and Hong Kong. 

They must come out on top to achieve the mouth-watering prize of a place among the giants of the global game in the Super Ten phase. 

Mommsen, whose side fly to India next week, is well aware of the importance of making a positive start. 

He said: “We were happy when we first saw the draw and it’s exciting to start against Afghanistan. 

“I know our record against them isn’t great and they are really challenging opponents in any conditions but the fact we know them is an advantage. 

“We have already started preparing for that match and will have specific plans for certain players.” 

Hard-hitting opener Mo Shahzad, who scored 75 from just 36 balls when the Afghans beat Scotland in last year’s qualifying tournament, is perhaps the biggest of several obvious threat. 

Mommsen added: “We know they have guys who often stand up on the big occasions and we know the importance of getting on top of them. 

“We will be raring to go against them and we know a winning start could be crucial. 

“It will also be exciting to come up against Zimbabwe – a side I have never played against – and Hong Kong whom we know well from our recent tour there.

“We will have to be at our very best and hope that the rub of the green goes with us along the way but we are confident we can go through.” 

A successful group campaign would see Scotland join England, South Africa, West Indies and holders Sri Lanka in the Super Ten.

By Willie Dick (Cricket Media)

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