In a setback to Cricket Scotland's ICC Men's T20 World Cup campaign, two members of their squad have been ruled out of the remainder of the competition due to injuries. It has been a pretty impressive campaign for the Scottish side as they qualified for the Super 12 round. However, in this round, the difference between them and some of the other sides have been pretty stark.
Still there is no doubt that they would come out of this tournament as an improved unit. While they would want to still compete and win, Josh Davey and Chris Sole have been ruled out of the competition. Consequently, Michael Jones has been added to the main squad. He was earlier with the team as a traveling reserve, much like Sole, and has been added to the main team with due permission from the Event Technical Committee.
"Unfortunately Josh has been ruled out of the competition due to a persistent groin issue. He has been a top performer during this period and we wish him a speedy recovery," said Scotland Head Coach Shane Burger in an official release.
"Chris has fractured a hand and will also be ruled out for the rest of the competition," he added.
Scotland have two more matches to play in the tournament and both are against top sides in India and Pakistan. While they would still want to compete and perhaps even register a win in the Super 12 round which will be a huge boost to their cricket, things could get difficult in absence of Davey who had scalped nine wickets in the five matches he played in this World Cup. He was even named player of the match in the win over Oman.
Standing next to Virat at the toss will be a special occasion: Kyle Coetzer
For now, though, they have their eyes firm on the India match set to commence later on Friday.
Earlier Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer had also expressed his views on the India match and standing next to India captain Virat Kohli at the toss.
"Standing next to Virat at the toss will be a special occasion for anyone, not just for me. He is an idol of the game and the stylish manner he scores. Was fortunate to bump into Kane Williamson in the lift so that was an occasion to chat," Coetzer had said while speaking to ANI.
"But with Virat, I have not had that opportunity to have any conversation. We want to play hard and push India on the day, we understand that is a tough challenge, but we have to be realistic and try and be honest to ourselves," he added.