Former England all-rounder Paul Collingwood will jointly lead Scotland into the World Cup qualifiers, with head coach Pete Steindl seemingly paying the price for their failure to reach the World Twenty20 finals.
Collingwood, the former captain of England one-day team, steps up from his role as assistant to take the team along with former Scotland captain Craig Wright.
Steindl’s departure had been anticipated after Scotland failed to reach the Twenty20 finals following a play-off defeat by Holland in November.
It appeared to be confirmed in a short statement from Cricket Scotland which did not mention his name.
The statement, on the Cricket Scotland website, read: “Paul Collingwood will lead the Scotland coaching team at the forthcoming World Cup Qualifying event in New Zealand, in conjunction with performance development manager Craig Wright.
“The team will be managed by Euan McIntyre together with performance analyst/fielding coach Toby Bailey, strength and conditioning coach Simon Smith and physiotherapist Mhairi MacPhail.
“All were part of the Scotland coaching and support team at the recent tournament in the United Arab Emirates, with Collingwood and Wright stepping up from their assistant coaching roles to lead the team.”
Scotland were drawn in a tough five-team group for the World Cup Qualifying tournament in New Zealand, which takes place from January 10 to February 2.
Scotland face the United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong and Nepal – all of whom recently qualified for the World Twenty20 – and Canada, who have qualified for the past three World Cups.
Australian-born Steindl, who also played for Scotland, was appointed head coach in December 2007.
Cricket Scotland was unavailable for comment last night.