New Scotland cricket head coach Grant Bradburn has vowed to focus on continuing the team’s development as a world force.
The 47-year-old, who performed the same role for New Zealand A in the past year, will be assisted by Craig Wright, who will also take charge of Cricket Scotland’s elite player development programme.
Wright and former England player Paul Collingwood jointly led Scotland to the 2015 World Cup finals earlier this year after taking over from Pete Steindl on an interim basis.
And Bradburn, pictured, wants to build on that achievement.
He said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to work with players and staff at Cricket Scotland and I am thrilled at the prospect of working with a nation trying so hard to build on recent success. As a coach, this presents a great opportunity to add value, by driving continual improvement, building depth with healthy competition for Scottish representation.
“The Scotland team have performed well by qualifying for the 2015 World Cup which will be played in New Zealand and Australia at venues that I am very familiar with.
“With my appointment through to the end of 2017, I will focus sharply on continuing Scotland’s progress towards being a leading force in world cricket.”
Bradburn led Northern Knights to first-class and one-day titles during a five-year spell as coach in his home country and previously coached the Cook Islands international team.
He will officially take up his role on July 1 but will attend the one-day international against England a week on Friday at Aberdeen, which Wright will take charge of. Bradburn will be further assisted by Toby Bailey, the lead fielding coach and performance analyst, and Simon Smith, the strength and conditioning coach. Bradburn will report to Andy Tennant, whose role has changed from head of performance to director of cricket, with responsibility for ‘strategic and operational cricketing matters.’
Tennant said: “We are delighted that we have been able to attract a coach of Grant’s ability and pedigree to head up our national team programme.
“During the recruitment process Grant was able to show the vision, foresight and attributes we were looking for to drive our Scotland national team through the World Cup and onwards to the next Intercontinental Cup and WCL cycles.
“He has an exceptional track record of producing international cricketers and is used to working in similar environments to the one he will find in Scotland.”