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Scots to examine World Cup flop

Kyle Coetzer was a rare Scottish success with the bat
Scotland failed to claim one of the four World Cup places up for grabs (pic: Ian Jacobs)

Scotland may look to youth in the wake of their disappointing failure to reach the 2011 World Cup in South Africa.

The Scots finished sixth in qualifying, doing just enough to retain their one-day international status.

"We will sit down with the players and the coaches and do a thorough debrief," Roddy Smith, chief executive of Cricket Scotland, told BBC Scotland.

"We have younger players coming through and, hopefully, next time the team will be well prepared and can deliver."

Ireland, Canada, Netherlands and Kenya are the teams going through to the World Cup, while Afghanistan and Scotland are the other sides who will enjoy full ODI status until 2013.

The top six sides also qualify automatically for the ICC Intercontinental Cup 2009/10 and this year's World Twenty20 qualifier.

"Obviously, we are disappointed," added Smith. "We went out there with high hopes of doing very well. We were aiming for top four as a minimum and hopefully getting to the final.

"But we've managed to retain our ODI status, which is a huge boost for us over the next four years, so it's not the complete end of the world."

Going into their final Super Eight match Scotland, who featured in the 1999 and 2007 World Cups, had to secure a win over United Arab Emirates to move off the bottom of the table and finish in the top six.

They then lost to Afghanistan for the second time in the event in a play-off for fifth spot.

"The batting let us down," explained Smith. "We had our best players out there but they didn't manage to perform through the whole course of the tournament, with a few notable exceptions.

"The team were very well prepared but cricket is unpredictable and, when push came to shove, they just didn't fire.

"There is no blame or excuses being put forward by anyone. The players have accepted that they didn't perform.

"There are 15 players in squad and no one is more disappointed. It's a collective failure by everyone concerned.

We had our best players out there but they didn't manage to perform

Roddy Smith
chief executive of Cricket Scotland

"The selectors looked long and hard at the squad and picked the best group based on form and experience. At the time, there were not too many people complaining about the make-up of the squad."

Scotland started the year with three players, Ryan Watson, Dewald Nel and Gordon Goudie, becoming centrally-funded part-time professionals.

And Cricket Scotland had hoped to double that number on claiming a place at the World Cup.

"Failure to reach the World Cup won't lose us any funding," continued Smith. "We would have got a bit more had we qualified and that would have been very welcome.

"But we are still on the world stage and we will have a set number of fixtures against the top sides over the next four years."

Scotland now look ahead to the Friends Provident Trophy campaign, which begins at Lord's against Middlesex on Sunday.



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