MSP Aileen Campbell meets Scotland Wildcats
On Tuesday 24 January Scotland’s Minister of Health and Sport tried her hand at cricket with some of the women's national team captain Abbi Aitken and Oli Rae.
The squad are currently preparing for a ICC Global Qualifier in Sri Lanka and will depart on Sunday for two warm-up games against Ireland in Dubai before traveling on the qualifier.
Sports Minister Aileen Campbell said: “Cricket is a sport that is increasing in popularity in Scotland - partly down to the great performances of both the women’s and men’s team - and increasing awareness of the sport and physical activity opportunities available across the country can only improve our participation rates and health as a nation.
“The Wildcats have progressed at an immense rate over the past five years and it’s clear to see their passion and commitment to their sport. It was great to get the opportunity to experience and try my hand at the game and I’m sure everyone in Scotland will be wishing them all the best when they head to Sri Lanka in their bid to qualify for the ICC Women’s World Cup later this year.”
Captain Abbi Aitken added, “It was great to meet Aileen Campbell, the Minister for Public Health & Sport this morning and introduce her to our sport and explain our big plans for girls and women’s cricket! We’re at an exciting time with women and girls cricket in Scotland as we aim to continually grow the profile and encourage more females to get involved.”
“It’s just under a week now until we head off to Dubai and Sri Lanka. The days are flying by but the squad are eager to get out there now as the hard work has been done and all our training has gone well.”
“Knowing that we have the backing and support from Ms Campbell is a great feeling - we’ll be looking to do our country proud and put Scottish Women’s cricket firmly on the map!”
Scotland will come up against some tough opposition at the ICC Global Qualifier where they will face South Africa (8February), Bangladesh (10 February), Papa New Guinea (11 February) and Pakistan (13 February).
Pictures: Donald MacLeod/Cricket Scotland