Coaches hopeful of qualification at ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier

Tue, Jan 14, 2014 11:16 AM

Paul Collingwood is one of many popular figures in international cricket who have played crucial roles in the preparation of their respective sides for the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier New Zealand 2014 (CWCQ), which begun on Monday.

Collingwood’s Scotland prepare for its second match versus Nepal on January 16, and the former England all-rounder said his side had prepared well for the 20-day tournament in which the finalists qualify for the ICC’s flagship event, the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

“The team is ready and excited. I don’t think the preparation could have been any better, and we’ve got confidence from the three wins (in practice games)”, said Collingwood, adding: “We’ve nailed down an approach that we want to use throughout the tournament, and the guys have performed well in the middle.”

Netherlands it is coached by Anton Roux, who played four first-class matches for South Africa’s domestic side Northerns.

The former off-spinner was delighted with his team’s preparations in New Zealand, saying: “We hit the ground running after an extensive flight schedule from Amsterdam. Our preparations have been spot on so far. We have had only good experiences with the people and facilities of New Zealand.

“We focused immensely on our strength and conditioning prior to the ICC WT20Q and this tournament. I think it is safe to say that this is the fittest that the Dutch team has been in a long time, and I trust that this will hold us in good stead in a very demanding tournament. As the tournament goes on, I am hoping our guys step up another level in performance.”

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