Michael Leask is one of Scotland’s most aggressive cricketers.
And the north-east player wasn’t pulling his punches off the pitch either when he said the Scots should be aiming to “wallop” Ireland and the Netherlands, whom they meet in a quadrangular tournament, which also features hosts Oman, next month.
The 28-year-old all-rounder, formerly of Stoneywood-Dyce, who is now working with international colleague, Craig Wallace, at Forfarshire, insisted his compatriots should fear nobody as they pursue their quest to become ICC Full Members.
He said: “We have an attacking attitude and we are going to Oman with the mindset that we don’t get too many opportunities to take part in these kind of events, so we have to really make them count.
“Ireland have gained Full Member status, so it’s up to us to make a statement and go out and wallop both them and the Dutch when we take them on. That’s the only way we are going to make the cricket world sit up and take notice.
“We went hard at England last summer and beat them in Edinburgh, which shocked many people in the game. And we have working hard on our skills all winter and are raring to play some cricket again.
“We respect all the sides we will be meeting in Oman. But if we perform to our full potential, there is no reason why we can’t win all our matches out there.”
Cricket Scotland announced the appointment of South African, Shane Burger, as their new national coach this week. He will take up his duties in March.