Scotland makes a full-time job out of staying at the head of the bunch
Captain Watson is out to retain Associates’ premier ODI title but argues Ireland is favourite this time
For the past 15 years, Scotland has been doing its best to keep its head in front of its rivals among the Associate Members of the International Cricket Council (ICC). Since joining the ICC in 1994, it was among the first to appoint a full-time chief executive, other paid administrators and national coach, and now it has managed to put three of its players on full-time contracts with many others having been retained on part-time commitments.
As a result, Scotland has, for many years now, been at the forefront of Associate cricket. Winners of the ICC Intercontinental Cup in 2004 and the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier (then known as the ICC Trophy) in 2005, the Scots had also qualified for the Cricket World Cup 1999 at the qualifying tournament in Kuala Lumpur in 1997.
A player to benefit from Scotland’s forward thinking is captain Ryan Watson, who is one of the three full-time professionals contracted to Cricket Scotland.
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