Scotland news October 1, 2013

Collingwood takes up Scotland coaching role

ESPNcricinfo staff

Paul Collingwood, the former England batsman, will begin his coaching education by taking up a post with Scotland over the winter.

Collingwood recently led Durham to the Championship title and still has one year left on his contract but, rather than pursue T20 deals or media work in the off season, he will lend the experience of more than 200 limited-overs internationals to Scotland's attempts to qualify for the World Twenty20 and World Cup.

In addition to 68 Tests, Collingwood is England's most-capped player in ODIs, with 197 appearances, and he also captained England to victory at the 2010 World T20. He could provide a valuable resource as the Associate nation tries to reach a global ICC tournament for the first time since 2009.

The qualifier for the 2014 World T20 takes place in the UAE in November, with the qualifier for the 2015 World Cup following in New Zealand in January. Collingwood will play a full part in both the preparation and competition phases of both tournaments, working alongside Scotland's head coach, Peter Steindl, and fielding coach/performance analyst Toby Bailey.

In addition to Collingwood, Craig Wright, the current Under-19s coach and former Scotland captain, will join in the role of bowling coach.

''Leading into two vital qualifying events, I was very keen to change things up a bit, add a couple of new voices to the coaching team and bring in coaches who had attained success at the very highest levels of the game," Steindl said.

"Paul has been part of successful teams as a player and a captain and it will be great to have his experience and knowledge on board. We identified Paul as a person we were very keen to secure and I am delighted he agreed to join us for the winter. I am sure he will be a hugely positive influence on the squad as we head into some really important cricket.''

Collingwood, who has also played limited-overs cricket for teams in India, Australia and South Africa, added: ''I am very excited at the prospect of working with the Scotland squad over the coming months and look forward to helping the team qualify for both the World T20 and the 2015 World Cup.''

Keith Oliver, chairman of Cricket Scotland said: ''Following discussions with Paul, we are convinced he will add real value to the coaching team and the playing squad. As a vastly experienced player and World Cup-winning captain , he will bring skills which will complement the existing team of coaches as we seek to qualify for two World Cups.''

The Scotland team will leave for Sri Lanka on October 27 for a training camp before the World T20 qualifier starts, before arriving in Dubai on November 9. Scotland play two warm-up matches, against USA and Namibia before their first Group B game against Bermuda on November 15.

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  • John on October 5, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    I hope this is just the start of a great coaching career for Collingwood. As a player who didn't have quite as much natural talent as some others he had to work hard to make the most of his ability and that's exactly what a coach needs to instill in his players. He was also a magnificent fielder and lifting the fielding skills of a side is one of the most productive contributions a coach can make.

    Down the road I'm looking forward to seeing him in a coaching role with England. It's guys like Colly who bring the best out of everyone.

  • Dummy4 on October 2, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    Colly great call, super pro! Scotland is a good side, but looking at some of the other potential qualifers! OMG - Hong Kong can't even beat an English village team...

  • Dummy4 on October 2, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    @whatsgoinoffoutthere, spot on, im a durham member and colly has had to work really hard to get the credit he of the greatest fielders of all time,but not a naturally talented batsman, so maximised the talent he had. still the only englishman to lift a world trophy, and then hes was promptly dropped by the snobs at the ECB, would they have treated strauss or hussain (private schoolboy cricketers) like this, I doubt it.

    sorry for the rant.

  • Ian on October 1, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    I think Paul Collingwood would have been good at whatever cricket-related pursuit he chose, but coaching just kind of sounds right. As a fielder he might have had moments of pure genius, but as a batsman and bowler he maybe had to try harder than some to stay at the top. That's something that helps make a good coach, because a great many highly talented individuals struggle to see why their charges can't do what they did themselves with similar ease.

    Note: This by no means indicates that I favour the Tufnell/Malcolm fielding school :)

  • stuart on October 1, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    I don't know Scotland coming in an choosing all our best coaches. Well done Colly and good luck to the Scots

  • Cameron on October 1, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    Yep, excellent player, I remember him getting picked from Melbourne club cricket and smacking a ton against us in the start of his career. Good call by Scotland cricket.

  • Charles on October 1, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    great move and valuable experience for Collingwood . Down the line i can see him as an England coach

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