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Scotland Women receive boost from Minister of Health and Sport ahead of qualifier

Sports Minister Aileen Campbell with the bat
Sports Minister Aileen Campbell with the bat
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Scotland Minister of Health and Sport Aileen Campbell wished the national team as they head to Sri Lanka for the International Cricket Council Women's World Cup Qualifier 2017.

The tournament will feature 10 teams which has been divided equally into two groups.

Group A will feature India along with Sri Lanka, Ireland, Zimbabwe and Thailand while Scotland are placed in Group B which also has Pakistan, Bangladesh, South Africa and Papua New Guinea.

The teams will play the other sides in the group once following which the top three in each pool will make it to the Super Six stage.

The top four teams of the group stage will make it to the Women's World Cup main tournament which will be played between 26th June and 23rd July in England.

Scotland team will be travelling to Dubai on Sunday for two warm-up games against Ireland before their trip to Colombo and Campbell, who had a meeting with captain Abbi Aitken lauded both Men's and Women's team on playing a vital role in helping the sport reach a wide range of people in the country.

“Cricket is a sport that is increasing in popularity in Scotland - partly down to the great performances of both the women’s and men’s team - and increasing awareness of the sport and physical activity opportunities available across the country can only improve our participation rates and health as a nation.

“The Wildcats have progressed at an immense rate over the past five years and it’s clear to see their passion and commitment to their sport. It was great to get the opportunity to experience and try my hand at the game and I’m sure everyone in Scotland will be wishing them all the best when they head to Sri Lanka in their bid to qualify for the ICC Women’s World Cup later this year.”

Meanwhile, Aitken said meeting Campbell ahead of an important tournament has been a morale booster to the squad.

“It was great to meet Aileen Campbell, the Minister for Public Health & Sport this morning and introduce her to our sport and explain our big plans for girls and women’s cricket! We’re at an exciting time with women and girls cricket in Scotland as we aim to continually grow the profile and encourage more females to get involved.

“It’s just under a week now until we head off to Dubai and Sri Lanka. The days are flying by but the squad are eager to get out there now as the hard work has been done and all our training has gone well.

“Knowing that we have the backing and support from Ms Campbell is a great feeling - we’ll be looking to do our country proud and put Scottish women’s cricket firmly on the map!”

Scotland's first game in the Qualifier tournament will be against South Africa on 8th February.

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