Zimbabwe's cricket team coach Heath Streak speaks to the media in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, June 27, 2017. Zimbabwe will play five one-day international matches and a test match during their Sri Lanka tour. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Heath Streak for Scotland

FORMER Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak has been roped in by Cricket Scotland as a consultant for a short eight-day period.
Streak will join Scotland during the ongoing Twenty20 International series in the Netherlands also involving Ireland. Streak, who picked up 216 wickets from 65 Tests and 239 wickets from 189 one-day internationals for Zimbabwe, comes off a stint with Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League IPL 2018, where he was involved with the franchise as the bowling coach, a role he had performed previously with the Bangladesh national team as well.

Scotland, who are ranked 12th in the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Team Rankings, are looking to use the tri-nation series as the first step of their preparation to qualify for the ICC World T20 2020, to be held in Australia.

“They (Scotland) have really improved since the 2015 Cricket World Cup in Australasia and have now got a consistently competitive team,” Streak said.

“Their historical first ODI win over England last Sunday is testament to their progress as a country in world cricket.” Streak revealed that Scotland head coach Grant Bradburn had first approached him and asked for him to be associated with the team and that he was happy to oblige.

“Grant Bradburn, the head coach of Scotland, asked me if I could share my T20 experience with them as a consultant to help the team as well as the coaches to evolve in that format and I was happy to share my knowledge and experience with them,” Streak said.

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