Scotland cricketers in last shot at World Cup
SCOTLAND’S cricketers must beat hosts United Arab Emirates today if they are to qualify for next year’s T20 World Cup. Shane Burger’s men were top seeds heading into the tournament but toiled in the group phase to only finish fourth.
That was still good enough to give them one final crack at qualifying against the loser of yesterday’s semifinal play-off.
And with the Dutch seeing off the UAE comfortably by eight wickets, it sets up a winner-takes-all showdown between the hosts and Scotland in Dubai this morning. The victors will book their place alongside leading nations England, India and hosts Australia at the T20 World Cup finals next winter. But Scotland will need to play much better this afternoon than they showed in the group phase. They were shocked in the opening game by Singapore and also lost to the Netherlands and Namibia, while recording wins over Papua New Guinea, Kenya and Bermuda.
‘If we want to become a full member we have to be playing against the leading nations more often,’ said Burger.
‘We’ve shown previously we can beat full member sides and we need to continue to do that.’