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Scots left waiting for World Cup place


Scotland's cricketers would hope to learn "within weeks rather than months" that they are definite starters in the World Twenty:20 tournament in England from June 5-21 next year, Saltires chief executive Roddy Smith said today.

Uncertainty still surrounds the involvement of skipper Ryan Watson's team due to Zimbabwe having to re-affirm an earlier decision not to take part due to the political situation in that country.

In Belfast yesterday the Scots missed out on one of the two automatic places but did finish third by beating Kenya, meaning they will take Zimbabwe's place in a group that would also include New Zealand and South Africa.

Smith said: "We will just plan as if we will be taking part unless we hear otherwise and hope to get a definitive answer within weeks rather than months.

"One advantage is that the tournament is taking place down the road in Nottingham and London and it is not as if we have to travel across the world.

"I'm anticipating it all turning out okay but cricketing politics being what they are nothing can be taken for granted.

"The guys set out with the target of qualifying and it would have been nice to be a stonewall certainty in the draw.

"However, this is the best we have managed and the tournament itself will be a massive event offering television and other profile."

It is being reported that the Scots would receive 128,000 once qualification is confirmed with 3000 going to each of the 14 players in the squad. Smith added: "Any money will be re-invested in looking to help the national side."

After losing to the Netherlands earlier in the day Scottish hopes rested squarely on a win immediately afterwards against Kenya who were restricted to 106.

Ultimately Scotland passed that total with 11 balls to spare and nine wickets in hand after a century opening stand between Kyle Coetzer and skipper Watson, who said: "It was an advantage to play straightaway. If we had slept on that result overnight we would have thought about ifs and buts too much and probably the pressure would have built up.

"The fact we had only a couple of sandwiches, a bit of fruit and went straight out was a blessing.

"We've done what we can. I think common sense will prevail and hopefully we will be there."

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