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News: Scotland’s Poonia not to play against Pakistan

Warwikshire have refused to release Scottish opner Navdeep Poonia, who is only 20 and has only recently made it to the full Warwikshire team, for the Pakistan ODI, because he has to play a 20/20 match for Warwickshire. While this sounds stupid, since Warwikshire pay Poonia, and they are the onles who have brought him to the limelight in the first place, I guess they have all the right. While it is a blow to Scotland, since I was not counting Poonia for anything till a week ago, I dont think it is that big of a problem. Scotland should be able to open with Stanger and Lockhart without any problems. In any case, the real players for Scotland who I am expaecting to do something are Watson, Smith, Hamilton, Blain, Hoffman and Coetzer. Would have been good for their bowling to have Dougie Brown and Gordon Goudie as well, but I guess whatever they are going to put forth should be good too.

The other interesting thing that is mentioned in this article is that the World Cricket League division 1 is actually going to rank the top associates for the ICC trophy. That should be great, because it will avoid a Bermuda type fiasco from 2005 where Bermuda finished higher than Netherlands and Namibia without facing them, and ended up beating UAE, who they would lose to 9 times out of 10. This was not the world cup of soccer to find the best team in the world, it was to find the most promising teams and then develop the game of cricket there, and ICC should have had a better format in my opinion, or at least better seeding.

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  1. Ram
    June 26, 2006 at 12:00 pm

    And now, Scotsman seems to say that Warwickshire might release Doughie Brown for Tuesday’s ODI against Pakistan..

    http://sport.scotsman.com/cricket.cfm?id=933282006

    Though this is good news if Doughie Brown is indeed released to play for Scotland, I do think that it’s unfair of these players to walk in straight into the Scottish side at the last moment and perform against a test team. This obviously necessiates Scotland to be dependent on individual performances rather than a coordinated team effort..Again, the lack of “professionalism” in the Associates could return to haunt them!!

  2. June 26, 2006 at 1:55 pm

    As far as their team is concerned, if Brown is released, I think it will be the following:

    Norman McRae
    Ian Stanger
    Ryan Watson
    Gavin Hamilton
    Kyle Coetzer
    +Collin Smith
    *Craig Wright
    Dougie Brown
    John Blain
    Paul Hoffman
    Ross Lyons

    Their bowling is going to be much much better against Pak than they have been doing so only with Hoffman against the counties, with Brown and Blain coming back. McCullum may have to sit out, but they may try to replace McRae with McCullum since McCullum got a 50 in the last game. But overall, this is a pretty decent scottish team, and definitely one that can beat Bangladesh or Zimbabwe.

  3. Ram
    June 26, 2006 at 4:10 pm

    And, hopefully one that can beat Pakistan as well.. 🙂

  4. Ram
    June 26, 2006 at 8:39 pm

    Scotland seem to be going England’s way with the news that captain Craig Wright and opening batsman Kyle Coetzer are both doubtful starters for the ODI against Pakistan thanks to injuries. They also seem to be following Ireland in that they’ve lost both Brown and Poonia to Warwickshire and hence might actually go into the ODI without four of their World Cup certainties!…looks likely they’ll have a really tough outing against Pakistan.

  5. June 26, 2006 at 8:43 pm

    I think Blain and Hoffman should be good enough, and I think Smith, Hamilton, Watson would be key with the bat…….

  6. Bensti
    June 27, 2006 at 1:03 am

    Ian Stanger didn’t make the initial Scotland squad of 14 for this game.

    There is a feeling amongst some Scottish fans that I speak to, that Stanger bats too slowly for this form of cricket.

    With Neil MacRae making 36 and Neil McCallum making 53 in the Saltires’ last game against Leicestershire, perhaps they will be given further opportunities.

    Both have been making a stack of runs in Scottish cricket this season.

  7. Ram
    June 27, 2006 at 3:38 am

    At the Associate level, I don’t think a batsman can be dropped for poor strike rate as long as he has a better average because the onus for these Associates is to bat out 50 overs in ODIs against Test teams and to bat for long periods in the Intercontinental Cup matches…Ultimately, it’s the amount of runs they get that matter more than the rate at which they get them…

    And….as I type this, Scotland are reeling at 23/4 off 10 overs…

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