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Collingwood Promoted To Scotland Head Coach

Paul Collingwood lifts the Championship trophy
Paul Collingwood will hope to transfer success as a captain into success as a coach.
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Scotland have replaced head coach Pete Steindl with Paul Collingwood for the forthcoming ICC World Cup Qualifier which begins next month in New Zealand. Collingwood will be partnered by former Scotland seamer Craig Wright as joint head coach.

Collingwood, the former England batsman and captain of current English county champions Durham, had been appointed as assistant coach by Scotland ahead of last month’s ICC World T20 Qualifier as he looks to a career in coaching following the likely conclusion of his playing career at the end of the 2014 county season.

Scotland failed to qualify for the ICC World Twenty20 whilst playing in the tournament in the UAE, with Steindl apparently paying the price for their poor performance.

A press release on the Cricket Scotland website reads: “Paul Collingwood will lead the Scotland coaching team at the forthcoming World Cup Qualifying event in New Zealand, in conjunction with Performance Development Manager Craig Wright.

“The team will be managed by Euan McIntyre together with Performance Analyst/Fielding Coach Toby Bailey, Strength and Conditioning Coach Simon Smith and physiotherapist Mhairi MacPhail.

“All were part of the Scotland coaching and support team at the recent tournament in the United Arab Emirates, with Collingwood and Wright stepping up from their assistant coaching roles to lead the team.”

Scotland begin their campaign with a warm-up match on 10th January before playing Hong Kong in their first game proper on 13th January in Queenstown.

Meanwhile, the Netherlands have appointed former Mumbai captain and Andhra cricketer Amol Muzumdar as a batting consultant for the tournament. Muzumdar has previously played club cricket in the Netherlands and will partner the Dutch head coach Anton Roux.

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