Female Cricket recently reported the updated Scottish fixtures where the side was supposed to meet their Irish counterparts in Spain. The update, importantly, marks a break for the Scottish side who have seen the wiping of their international fixture for an extensive period.
The last International outing for Scotland women came in last September when they had a disappointing end at their home and couldn’t make it to the T20 World Cup.
Fantastic News Coming in from Ireland & Scotland
Scotland will play 2 50-over matches and 3 T20Is against @IrishWomensCric in Spain Next Month. This would be the first international outing since the global #COVID19 pandemic began. pic.twitter.com/QRuUra6IpH
— Female Cricket (@imfemalecricket) October 22, 2020
The series against Ireland would be vital for the side to get themselves going with 2 ODIs and 3 T20Is. Turning up after 14 months might be difficult for the players but the head coach of the Scottish side believes that positive performances will take the side forward.
He said that “We’ve been trying to get something arranged for a while but with the virus, it’s been really hard to facilitate that”. He added that the fixtures come as a great relief to the side. The side managed to get some A team fixtures and the indoor training in the winter was strong as well.
The players, as per Knox, will put on some performance and keep themselves motivated for the upcoming year. On facing Ireland, he added that “I don’t think it’s unfair to say that there will be an expectation that the girls will put Ireland under pressure and compete. They are ranked above us in T20 but the way we’ve trained over the past 10 months and how the A team played in those games leaves us to hope that we can win some games of cricket out there.”
He further stressed that winning matches are vital for the side as it affects the International rankings significantly. The Scottish side will face Ireland in the European Cricket Performance Centre in La Manga. The center officially opened in 2017 and established as a joint venture between Ireland and Scotland.
The pandemic, although, has affected initial plans, it can not be an excuse for further delay. Irish and Scottish side would have their eyes on the series to sharpen themselves for upcoming events.