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South African replaces Bradburn

Burger aims to take Scotland cricket team to new heights

New head coach Shane Burger has set his sights on improving Scottish cricket both on and off the field


 

South African Shane Burger has been named as the new head coach of the Scotland cricket team.

The 36-year-old takes over from Grant Bradburn who left the role towards the end of last year to take up an assistant coaching position with Pakistan.

Burger arrives from South African first-class provincial side KwaZulu-Natal Inland where he has been head coach since 2015.

“I am both delighted and honoured to be awarded this position as head coach of Scotland,” he said. “It will be my goal to move Scottish cricket to new heights on and off the field.

“The opportunity to work with players who have already shown that they can compete with the best in the business is an exciting challenge.”

Shane was named Cricket South Africa coach of the year in both the 2015/16 and 2017/18 seasons and additional coaching roles have included assistant coach to South Africa A in 2016 and assistant coach at the CSA National Academy in 2017 and 2018.

Prior to moving into coaching, he had a 14-year professional playing career in South Africa, playing 91 first class and 79 List A matches as an all-rounder for Gauteng, Lions and KwaZulu-Natal Inland.  He also spent 12 seasons as overseas player and director of coaching at Radlett Cricket Club in Hertfordshire.

CEO of Cricket Scotland, Malcolm Cannon, said: “Shane impressed the selection panel not only with his skills and experience but also his passion for the role, his leadership capabilities and people management skills so we very much look forward to welcoming him on board.

“We are looking to build on notable successes against four different full members in the last 18 months. We believe that Shane has the skills, energy and ambition to continue that momentum and enable further progress to be made towards our strategic goal of achieving ICC full member status.”

Scotland are competing in a series of T20 internationals in Oman next month. In May, they will face Afghanistan and Sri Lanka in a series of 50-over matches at The Grange in Edinburgh.

The Afghans are first up on 8 May and 10 May before Sri Lanka arrive for games on 18 May and 21 May as part of their World Cup preparations.



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