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Cricket Scotland T20 qualifying matches to be shown live from Dubai

Coetzer has paid tribute to those he believes are the real heroes.
Coetzer has paid tribute to those he believes are the real heroes.

It’s not a time of year which one traditionally associates with watching Scotland’s cricketers in action.

Yet Kyle Coetzer and his compatriots have an important period ahead of them when they take part in the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier, starting on October 18.

And the world governing body confirmed on Thursday that two of their fixtures – against Bermuda and The Netherlands – will be shown on Sky Sports Cricket and Sky Sports Main Event.

Tony Brian, chairman of Cricket Scotland, said: “It will be great for the many Scottish cricket fans to have a chance to see their team in live action in this critical tournament.

“And particularly the young fans who have not had many opportunities to see their heroes in action on TV.”

The Scots will be favourites to march past Bermuda on October 24, but their tussle with the Dutch on October 27 promises to be a close encounter between two sides who are packed with talented performers in the short form of the game.

The competition, which features 14 teams, is the qualifier for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, which will be held in Australia in late 2020.

Six of the participants will progress from the next fortnight’s frenetic schedule and Shane Burger’s Scotland squad will be among the favourites when their campaign commences against unsung Singapore.

However, as we have seen in other sports, qualifying should never be taken for granted and Coetzer and his colleagues will be determined to make a fast start on Friday.

 

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