Richie Berrington believes Scotland are an emerging team as they are in trouble with the T20 World Cup against West Indies in Hobart on Monday.
Last year, Scotland shocked Bangladesh and then overtook Papua New Guinea and co-hosts Oman to reach the Super 12, the first time they had gone past the first leg of a World Cup event.
All of their preliminary first round matches will take place in Hobart this year, starting against the West Indies, the only team to have won the tournament twice but whose stock has plummeted in recent years.
Richie Berrington said, “I think we can get a lot of confidence from white-ball cricket this year.”
“And after last year’s World Cup, we’re really looking forward to it, and hopefully we can build on some of last year’s performances.”
The Windies were the defending champions in last year’s event, but won just one of their five Super 12 matches – and were bowled out for 55 in their opening game by England.
Players like Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard are no longer in the picture, while Shimron Hetmyer was reportedly dismissed after missing his flight to Australia.
While his team is light on star power, skipper Nicholas Pooran, Jason Holder and Evin Lewis are regulars in the Indian Premier League and Odeon Smith is considered a hot all-round prospect.
“If you look at it, there were many big names when we won those two World Cups, but in last year’s World Cup also we had many big names and we didn’t qualify,” Pooran said.
“It has to be a balance with experience and young players. We don’t have big names, but we’ve built a team here, and that’s really important.”