Cricket Scotland is delighted to announce the appointment of Shane Burger as Men’s National Head Coach from March 2019.
Burger takes over from Grant Bradburn who left the role in late 2018 to take up an assistant coaching position with Pakistan.
Shane moves to Scotland from South African first-class provincial side KwaZulu-Natal Inland where he has been Head Coach since 2015, leading the team to three trophies in that period. These include both the CSA 3 Day trophy and the CSA T20 trophy in 2015/16, and the Africa Cup T20 in 2017.
Shane was awarded CSA coach of the year in both the 2015/16 and 2017/18 seasons and additional coaching roles have included Assistant Coach to South Africa A in 2016 and assistant coach at the CSA National Academy in 2017 and 2018.
Prior to moving into coaching, he had a 14-year professional playing career in South Africa, playing 91 first class and 79 List A matches as an all-rounder for Gauteng, Lions and KwaZulu-Natal Inland. He also spent 12 seasons as overseas player and Director of Coaching at Radlett Cricket Club in Hertfordshire, England so is very familiar with cricket in the UK.
Commenting on the appointment, Burger said “I am both delighted and honoured to be awarded this position as head coach of Scotland. The opportunity to work with players who have already shown that they can compete with the best in the business is an exciting challenge. Grant did a fantastic job and it will be my goal to move Scottish cricket to new heights on and off the field.”
CEO of Cricket Scotland, Malcolm Cannon said “Shane impressed the selection panel not only with his skills and experience but also his passion for the role, his leadership capabilities and people management skills so we very much look forward to welcoming him on board. The appointment follows an extensive recruitment process and the selection panel was impressed by the number and quality of applicants from 7 different countries.
“We are looking to build on notable successes against four different full members in the last 18 months, including the historic first ODI win against England last June. We believe that Shane has the skills, energy and ambition to continue that momentum and enable further progress to be made towards our strategic goal of achieving ICC full member status”
Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer said ”I spoke with the players yesterday and we are all looking forward to Shane’s appointment. Shane joins us at an exciting time with our 2019 fixtures having been given a big boost by securing two full member nations, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan to our shores in the summer. Most importantly these ODIs will be of high quality and will help us continue our development in this format of the game leading up to beginning our ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 campaign later in the Summer.
“Shane joins us with an excellent coaching record from South Africa and a powerful winning mentality. We look forward to welcoming Shane into our environment and working closely with him towards our goal of achieving full member status and progressing higher up the international rankings.
“Toby Bailey has done a fantastic job as acting Head Coach since Grant’s departure, he has the squad well drilled and in a confident mood as we prepare to head out to Oman for 6 competitive matches.”