Scotland opener urges ICC to give smaller countries more chances
Scotland has been one of the associate members of International Cricket Council (ICC) for a long time. In recent times they have grown much experienced team in the World Cricket.
Although they were competing with the teams like West Indies, Zimbabwe and Afghanistan. Unfortunately, the team were axed in the last World Cup due to the ICC’s decision of playing only 10 teams. But Scotland’s opener George Munsey feels that they should give more chance to prove themselves.
Afghanistan and West Indies filled in the last two slots required for the 10-man World Cup in 2019 held in England. Although the decision to make the mega event a 10-team event was not well-received by many in the cricket fraternity.
In fact, it was unfair on other nations like Hong Kong, PNG, and Ireland who get a very few chances to play. unfortunately, Things could have been different, however, had weather not played a part in Scotland’s final Super Six fixture against West Indies in the World Cup Qualifier 2018.
George Munsey was at the crease, when rain stopped play and as it turned out, Scotland were five runs short of where they should have been and it became a case of so close. But it was indeed so far for them as West Indies went through the end.
“This was really tough to take and we had to learn a lot from this. We had a great build up and tournament in Africa and Grant Bradburn (head coach) and the coaching staff had the team in a great state of mind to get the job done of qualifying for a World Cup. To come so close and not manage to get over the line was heart-breaking and made worse by it not being a full game,”
Munsey said in an interview with Cricket.com.
The Scotland batsman further added, “I know all the teams were shocked by this (decision to make the World Cup a 10-team event) change and it definitely made the process for the smaller countries a lot harder. I personally feel the World Cup should be a chance to show off what each country has to offer and given an opportunity I believe Scotland especially in England would have done very well.”