Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer will miss the side’s first two matches of the ODI tri-series in the UAE, also involving the hosts and Ireland. With Coetzer taking a break from the team to complete his Level 4 coaching qualification, Richie Berrington will stand-in as captain for Scotland’s first two games against Ireland.
Coetzer will take back the captaincy in Scotland’s third match against UAE. Coach Grant Bradburn welcomed Berrington into the leadership role and set his sights on qualification for the 2019 World Cup.
“Richie Berrington will captain the team for the two games against Ireland and then assume the vice captaincy for the UAE matches,” he said. “Richie is highly skilled as a player and hugely respected within our team. It is fantastic that he has agreed to step up into a formal leadership role on this tour, which we believe he will thrive on.
“This Dubai series is no different in terms of importance, but we have full confidence in our players to take on different roles. We must continually improve and give players the exposure to grow. Our sole intent is to qualify for the CWC 19 and to do that we must develop depth and allow players to show their vast range of abilities at international level.”
Ireland will play UAE in the tri-series opener on January 11 in Dubai.