Cricket: Pete Steindl has Twenty20 vision for Scots players
Scotland coach Pete Steindl has called on cricket’s authorities to create more room in the international calendar for Twenty20 internationals in order to develop both fan interest and the technique of leading players in the second tier of the sport.
The Saltires will face Bangladesh on Tuesday in the Dutch city of Voorberg in a one-off tie, bolted on to the Asian side’s European trip.
After the early cancellation of next month’s scheduled one-day international against England due to the flood devastation at The Grange, the 20-over fixture has assumed a greater importance.
Yet it will come too late to prevent the Scots from dropping off the International Cricket Council T20 world rankings at the end of next month due to their lack of activity in the format.
That inertia, Steindl says, must be ended.
“I definitely want more T20s,” the Australian said. “It’s becoming a more and more important format and that’s only going to keep growing in the coming years. But it’s a format we play very little. We have to do more of that, not just against the Test nations but also against our fellow Associates.
“We need to look at adding on a couple of T20s when we go on tour or when teams come here for I-Cup games or one-dayers, anything that gets us more games.
“I know a lot of it is finance driven but we have to get more of these fixtures to develop good cricketers.”
Skipper Gordon Drummond’s men, who will include Northants batsman Kyle Coetzer for the visit to the Netherlands, saw their last scheduled encounter with the Bangladeshis washed out in 2010.
Bangladesh, who became the tenth Test-playing nation in 2000, remain the side which most Associate nations aspire to emulate and hope to beat. For Scotland, a victory over one of the Test-playing countries has been long awaited but not yet delivered.
“For us, we’ve had a number of opportunities over the last few years to get a win over a full member but we’ve not crossed over the line,” Steindl says. “But we need to generate the belief that we can do it and the only way that happens is by going out and winning.
“Bangladesh had a great performance against Ireland the other day and they’re a very capable side. But this is a chance for us to show what we can do, and also to show the ICC that we’re improving.”
First, however, the Saltires head to Trent Bridge this afternoon, looking to impose themselves on a Nottinghamshire team who have been the Scots’ sole victims to date in this season’s Clydesdale Bank 40 competition.
There could, and should, have been more. “We’ve played eight games and genuinely, I believe we’ve had winning opportunities in six of them,” Steindl says. “But the only one we’ve taken is against Nottinghamshire.
“There have been too many occasions when we’ve failed to play a full match. Either we’ve bowled well in one innings and batted badly in the other, or the other way round. We need to stop that happening.”
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