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Collingwood Joins Scotland Coaching Team

Paul Collingwood celebrates
Paul Collingwood will join Scotland's coaching team this winter
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Paul Collingwood, who captained England to the ICC World Twenty20 2010 title, will join up with Scotland's coaching team for their upcoming winter series of matches.

The appointment comes ahead of a crucial period for Scotland, who are aiming to qualify for both the ICC World Twenty20 2014 and the 2015 World Cup in the coming months.

In November, they head to the United Arab Emirates for the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, bidding to make their first appearance at the finals since 2009, and then to New Zealand in February for the World Cup Qualifier.

Collingwood, who played 68 Tests, 197 One-Day Internationals and 35 Twenty20 Internationals for his country, will be involved throughout alongside head coach Peter Steindl, fielding coach/performance analyst Toby Bailey and bowling coach Craig Wright.

"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.

"Craig has done a great job with the Under 19s for a number of years and is one of our most celebrated cricketers of recent times.  His skills will add to a really exciting blend within the coaching team."

Collingwood, fresh from captaining Durham to the 2013 LV= County Championship title, 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 T20 World Cup and the 2015 Cricket World Cup."

Keith Oliver, Chairman of Cricket Scotland added: "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."

As part of their preparations for the qualifying events, the Scotland squad will depart for Sri Lanka on 27th October to take part in a training camp, and they will head to Dubai on 9th November.

They play warm-up matches against USA on 12th November and Namibia one day later before embarking on the group stage of the competition, where they will take on Afghanistan, Bermuda, Denmark, Kenya, Netherlands, Nepal and Papua New Guinea.

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