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Collingwood guided England to victory in the 2010 World Twenty20
Former England all-rounder Paul Collingwood has taken up a coaching role with Scotland in order to help their national players qualify for the 2015 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup.
Collingwood, who guided Durham to victory in the County Championship this year, represented England in 68 Test matches and is the country’s most capped ODI player, with 197 matches under his belt.
He also captained England to victory in the 2012 World Twenty20.
Collingwood will now be tasked with the job of educating and working alongside Scotland’s national players as they hope to qualify for a global ICC tournament for the first time since 2009.
However, before he can get Scotland prepared for the World Cup qualifiers in New Zealand in January, he will first have to help Scotland try and qualify for the 2014 World Twenty20.
The World Twenty20 qualifiers will be held in the United Arab Emirates next month.
Collingwood will be working closely with Scotland’s head coach Peter Steindl, fielding coach Toby Bailey and bowling coach Craig Wright, who is also in charge of Scotland’s Under-19 sqaud.
“Leading into two vital qualifying events, I was very keen to change things up a bit, add a couple of new voices to the coaching team and bring in coaches who had attained success at the very highest levels of the game,” Steindl said. “Paul has been part of successful teams as a player and a captain and it will be great to have his experience and knowledge on board. We identified Paul as a person we were very keen to secure and I am delighted he agreed to join us for the winter. I am sure he will be a hugely positive influence on the squad as we head into some really important cricket.”
Collingwood noted that he was “excited at the prospect of working” with Scotland.
“I am very excited at the prospect of working with the Scotland squad over the coming months and look forward to helping the team qualify for both the World T20 and the 2015 World Cup,” he said.
Cricket Scotland chairman Keith Oliver was also welcomed Collingwood on board.
“Following discussions with Paul, we are convinced he will add real value to the coaching team and the playing squad,” Oliver said. “As a vastly experienced player and World Cup-winning captain , he will bring skills which will complement the existing team of coaches as we seek to qualify for two World Cups.”