Al Amerat, Oct 18, 2021, IANS
Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer has said that the six-run upset win over Bangladesh came about because of a "lot of planning behind the scenes", given that the side had barely played any competitive games coming into the ICC T20 World Cup and the pandemic leaving their preparations in a disarray.
Scotland sent shockwaves through the T20 World Cup on Sunday and Coetzer said the players had made lots of "sacrifices" to come to this level.
"Until a month ago we had played two games of cricket as a group so there was a lot of planning behind the scenes, a lot of guys working hard and it sometimes seemed you were working for nothing because our tours kept getting canceled. So that was really hard for us to manage," said Coetzer.
Scotland booked their place in the tournament in 2019, but have spent much of the pandemic period readjusting their strategy as tours kept getting postponed. But the positive to come out of the long break was that it left plenty of time for planning.
"It's a huge win for us; it's something we've been planning for a long time. It's been a long two years since the qualifying tournament," Coetzer, who was part of the team that beat Bangladesh back in 2012, told icc-cricket.com on Sunday.
"But now we're reaping the rewards of keeping the faith that this tournament would come around and we would be a better team for it when we arrive out here. There have been a lot of sacrifices for many players; associate cricket is very hard and to get the opportunity we do when we get out here, it's important to take it because otherwise if you get brushed aside people don't appreciate how hard associate cricket is. We've made some good strides and I'm really proud," added Coetzer.
Batting first, Scotland were reduced to 53/6. However, Chris Greaves hit 45 off 28 deliveries to carry the team to 140/9, before taking two wickets as the chase fell short with Coetzer impressed by the belief of his side, who he knows is capable of more.
"It's a special feeling to beat Bangladesh. It's not the first time we've beaten them but we know the strength in depth in their squad. I think they gave us a lesson at the start of the innings with the skill that they put on a show. It took a real fighting effort. I was saying to our guys that we're never out of the game and always believe. We'll be looking for a more wholesome performance next time."
Next up for Scotland is a clash with Papua New Guinea, who were beaten by Oman in their opening game.
Bangladesh, meanwhile, take on Oman in desperate need of a win, and for skipper Mahmudullah, it was their batting that faltered in this encounter, with Mushfiqur Rahim's dismissal for 38 proving the crucial moment in the match.