'In Profile' Craig Wright
As the Scotland team prepare for their first WT20 warm up match against Oman, Craig Wright is the second member to feature in the 'In Profile' series with Gary Heatly.
Before he headed off on his final trip as a member of the Scotland coaching team earlier this week Craig Wright urged the players to grab the opportunity of playing in the World Twenty20 in India with both hands.
Following a 19-year association with Cricket Scotland, assistant coach Craig recently announced that he is leaving his current role at the end of the big event.
Since 1997 he has contributed to the development of the game in Scotland in many ways as a player, captain, development officer, marketing manager, performance development manager and coach.
Having been lucky enough to play and coach in India himself previously, Craig loves the cricket culture in the country and believes it will bring the best out of captain Preston Mommsen and his squad when the World Twenty20 gets underway on March 8 against Afghanistan.
“Whenever you head into a challenging environment like India there is likely to be some players who will be a bit daunted, but rather than worry about the change in conditions I want them to embrace the challenge of being involved in one of the world’s biggest events,” Craig, 41, said.
“To play in India is a real privilege for them too and I have been around this group of players long enough to know that they are ready to face up to the challenges that are coming their way.
“We need to use the next two weeks before the Afghanistan match wisely so that we are at the top of our form when the first ball is bowled in that match.”
After the Afghanistan match they take on Zimbabwe and Hong Kong in Group B and if they can come out on top in that section they would then progress to the Super Ten phase.
“The guys are not thinking about England or any of the other bigger nations, at the moment everything we are doing is geared around Afghanistan,” Craig stated.
“We know we have the players who can go out and win that one and the guys just have to execute their plans and believe in each other.
“Over the last two years I have seen them progress a lot. When we went to the 50-over World Cup qualifiers there was a lot on the line and the guys came good and then last summer when they faced another tough qualifying phase for this event they managed to get through again.
“It is paramount that every player knows and understands their role in the team because in T20 matches things can get away from you so quickly with bat and ball.
“On the flip side, you can also take the match away from your opponents by executing your plans well and that is what the boys will be going out there to do.”
As for himself, well Wright knows he will be emotional when his amazing Scotland journey comes to an end, but anyone who has met him knows that he is focused.
As a result, for now he is just thinking about helping the players in any way that he can to record victories in India.
“I’m concentrating on the team for the moment and I just want these guys to go out there and really show the world what they can do,” he concluded.