‘Special four days’ hailed
SCOTLAND captain Kyle Coetzer says he is desperate to sample more of the big time after savouring four “special days” against two of cricket’s superpowers.
There was disappointment for the skipper as his side were unable to follow up their historic one-day international victory over England with another win as they took on Pakistan in two Twenty20 clashes in Edinburgh.
But even a crushing 84-run defeat in yesterday’s match could not wipe the grin off Coetzer’s face as he looked back on a rare outing against ICC Full Member opposition.
The decision to reduce next year’s 50-over World Cup from 14 teams to 10 has already cost the Scots one chance to place themselves on the game’s biggest stage.
But Coetzer is determined to see his team take as many opportunities as they can to ensure they are not left out in the future.
He said: “It’s been a pretty special four days. I’d have said beforehand that if we came out of these three games having won one of them, we’d have taken that.
“But having won the first one, we were hoping to go on and get a second.
“It wasn’t to be, but we’ve played some excellent cricket over the four days. The atmosphere has been superb, people have filed through the gates and that is an absolute credit to Scottish cricket and everyone involved in setting this up.”
The Scots looked to have put themselves in with a chance to claiming another major scalp as Pakistan were limited to 166 for six.
But when opener George Munsey fell to a duck after just three balls, the Saltires reply crumbled and they were eventually bowled out for just 82 with five runs to spare.