The Scottish have had a bad history when it comes to qualifying. But, this time their balanced squad has pierced through their competition to reach the Super 12, beating Bangladesh, Oman and PNG. They will now be grouped with the likes of India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan and one more team from Group A.
For Scotland, Davey, Sharif, and Leask shined the brightest in the first innings, taking out the likes of Jatinder Singh, Ilyas, and more.
After the major wickets it became seemingly easy for the Scottish. Limiting Oman to only 122, the match was heading towards the amazing Scotland side. Munsey and Coetser opened the batting for Scotland. They set up the batting pretty well with Coetser scoring 41 and playing the captain’s innings, and Munsey scoring 20 runs. These two were the only wickets Oman could take, as Cross and Berrington got Scotland through with 26 and 31 runs respectively.
Berrington finished things off in style as he drilled a six through deep midwicket to change the luck of the Scottish. It remains to be seen how Scotland can perform against the likes of giants like New Zealand and India.
The New Zealand captain been feeling discomfort while gripping the bat and extending the elbow but is pleased with the overall progress
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has confirmed that his hamstring is fine but elbow might still need “a little bit of time” to get back to 100%. The elbow complaint has been a long-standing one for Williamson, forcing him to miss the ODI series at home against Bangladesh, the start of the first leg of IPL 2021 in India and the Edgbaston Test against England.
After leading New Zealand to World Test Championship glory, Williamson continued to manage his elbow as he withdrew from the Hundred, where he was supposed to turn out for the Birmingham Phoenix.
“The hamstring is minor, it’s progressing nicely, so not too many concerns and we’ve still got plenty of time,” Williamson said, speaking from New Zealand’s base in Dubai. “So, yeah, hopefully in the next few days or so, I’ll be taking part in the training. So, it’s all good.
“The elbow – it has just been a bit of a slow-burner. Yeah, it has been quite frustrating for a long period of time. However, it has definitely improved a bit over the last two months I’ve had after the World Test Championship. In rehab, it has definitely seemed to move forward, which is refreshing, but still a little bit of time to get back to a 100 [%], but it’s definitely better.”
Williamson explained that he has been feeling some discomfort while gripping the bat and extending the elbow, but was pleased with his overall rehab in months that followed the WTC final against India.
Following the cancellation of the New Zealand and England trips to Pakistan, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been on the lookout for new allies in recent days. However, it has not only sparked worries about the fact that cricket has finally returned to Pakistan after a decade-long absence, but it has also placed the country’s near future in jeopardy.
If nothing is done to address the present situation, the financial losses that the PCB has incurred would only grow over time. The comments of Cricket West Indies (CWI) should be a source of encouragement for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and its newly appointed chairman, Ramiz Raja, even if Australia’s trip to Pakistan is now in jeopardy.
For the time being, our goal is to complete our tour commitments. The CWI’s Chief Executive Officer, Johnny Grave, was cited by Trinidad Newsday on Thursday as stating, “We have a fairly clear procedure that we go through with independent security experts as we did in 2018.” Several nations have visited Pakistan and played matches there since international cricket was reinstated there. The West Indies has been one of those countries to do so since it was reinstated.
West Indies has also made a trip to Pakistan earlier in 2018
In 2018, the West Indies squad travelled to Karachi, Pakistan, to compete in a Twenty20 International series under the leadership of Jason Mohammed. Despite the fact that a few members of the West Indies cricket team refused to board the aircraft to Pakistan, the trip continued with whoever was available.
As part of that procedure, the board of directors, WIPA (West Indies Players’ Association), and the players themselves will evaluate our preparations and reports, including our independent security advice,” he said. In the past several years, the vast majority of our women’s and men’s players have represented their countries in Pakistan,” Grave said.
This time around, the West Indies will play three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) and three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) in Pakistan. Both the men’s and women’s teams will go to Pakistan to compete in their respective tournaments. Grave also stated that he spoke with PCB CEO Wasim Khan to discuss the current events resulting from the cancellation of tours, as well as to notify him of a meeting that will take place later this week. It seems that CWI will make a decision shortly, but much will rely on the results of their independent security assessment.