Scotland Appoint Bradburn As Head Coach

Bradurn will coach the side until 2017, including the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand
Bradurn will coach the side until 2017, including the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand
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Grant Bradburn
Grant Bradburn has previously coached Northern Districts and New Zealand 'A'
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Cricket Scotland have unveiled a restructuring of their coaching setup that sees Grant Bradburn installed as the new head coach and Craig Wright as his assistant.

Scotland qualified for the 2015 World Cup, to be held in Australia and Bradburn's native New Zealand, under the guiding hands of Wright and Paul Collingwood.

47-year-old Bradburn, who has led the Northern Districts to first-class and one-day titles during a five-year stint with them, will take on the role of head coach later this year.

Wright, who will lead the side when they take on England in a One-Day International on 9th May, will then take charge of the Elite Player Development Programme as well as taking on the role of Bradburn's assistant.

Bradburn will head the coacing team that also includes Toby Bailey (lead fielding coach and performance analyst) and Simon Smith (strength and conditioning).

Bradburn, who has recently been head coach of New Zealand 'A', is delighted to be coming on board.

"It is an honour to be named as coach of Scotland. This is a fantastic opportunity to work with players and staff at Cricket Scotland and I am thrilled at the prospect of working with a nation trying so hard to build on recent success.

"As a coach, this presents a great opportunity to add value, by driving continual improvement, building depth with healthy competition for Scottish representation.

"The Scotland team have performed well by qualifying for the 2015 World Cup which will be played in New Zealand and Australia at venues that I am very familiar with.

"With my appointment through to the end of 2017, I will focus sharply on continuing Scotland’s progress towards being a leading force in world cricket.

"I am also motivated to contribute to Scotland Cricket’s overall performance systems, aligning with each region to build clear player pathways and assisting more Scottish players to step up onto the world stage.

"Cricket Scotland has a high quality team of people supporting the players, with excellent systems in place.

"With my experience of orchestrating successful high performance environments, I look forward to working with the players and staff at Cricket Scotland and assisting them to continue to grow and perform."

Bradburn will spend two weeks in Scotland in May, meeting players and support staff before attending the ODI against England and a seminar for the four World Cup qualifiers - Afghanistan, Ireland, Scotland and the United Arab Emirates.

He will then return to New Zealand before taking up his full-time role with Scotland on 1st July.

The restructure has also seen Andy Tennent move from Head of Performance to Director of Cricket, to whom Bradburn will report.

"We are delighted that we have been able to attract a coach of Grant’s ability and pedigree to head up our national team programme," Tennent said.

"During the recruitment process Grant was able to show the vision, foresight and attributes we were looking for to drive our Scotland national team through the World Cup and onwards to the next Intercontinental Cup and WCL cycles.

"He has an exceptional track record of producing international cricketers and is used to working in similar environments to the one he will find in Scotland.

"With Craig, Toby and Simon as his coaching team, as well as the ability to bring in other specialist assistance as required, we believe we have all the building blocks in place to build on the recent success in New Zealand. I very much look forward to working with Grant when he arrives."

Bradburn played seven Tests and 11 ODIs for the Black Caps between 1990 and 2001.

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