Home > News >

Paul Collingwood relishing the role of coach with Scotland

Paul Collingwood's contract with Scotland is slated to end after the Qualifiers © Getty Images
Paul Collingwood’s contract with Scotland is slated to end after the Qualifiers © Getty Images

Jan 13, 2014

After serving the England test and one-day teams for decades, Paul Collingwood is now ready for international coaching.

At 37 years of age and with one year still to run on his current contract with Durham, Collingwood is in New Zealand, co-coaching Scotland in the ICC World Cup 2015 qualifying tournament.

Scotland approached Collingwood last October to serve as an assistant coach under Australian Peter Steindl. He saw his position elevated to co-coach alongside Craig Wright, after Steindl stood down following Scotland’s failure in the ICC World Twenty20 qualifier in Dubai in November. Though being an international co-coach came a lot quicker than Collingwood thought it might, it’s a role he is enjoying immensely.

“It’s something I’ve thought about my whole career – that’s giving back to the game,” Collingwood told the Sunday Star-Times last week.

“That’s giving back to the youngsters what you’ve learned and what you’ve developed over the many years I’ve played professional cricket.

“If I can give one per cent to one player, you’ve done your job – but hopefully you can have a lot more success along the way.”

Scotland head into the qualifying tournament as one of the better rated teams, behind only the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Netherlands in terms of ICC rankings. Getting to the final will be no walk in the park however, Collingwood said.

“There’s a lot of pressure on teams,” he said. “There is a lot of money involved. We know what the task in front of us is, and we know it’s going to be difficult.

“A lot of these associate teams are very, very talented sides and they come out and play with no fear. I was absolutely amazed how teams played during the Twenty20 qualifiers last November,” he added.

While the second tier of international cricket gets nowhere near the attention a touring England side might, Collingwood believes it is crucial to grow the game in places like Scotland, UAE and the Netherlands.

Collingwood, who was recently called out by former skipper Michael Vaughan to join the English coaching setup following the embarrassing 0-5 Ashes whitewash in Australia, pointed to the incredible story of Afghanistan qualifying for next year’s World Cup directly, and previous top level upsets as the impact smaller nations can have.

“You almost take it for granted when you play for England, and any other top international side,” he said. “It’s like winning the lottery for these guys.

“I’ve got first-hand experience losing against the Netherlands, in the opening game in T20 World Cup in England, and losing against Ireland in the last World Cup in Bangalore.

“These guys are certainly hard to play against at World Cups – let’s just hope I can help get Scotland there.”

His contract with Scotland runs out after this month’s tournament in New Zealand – but Collingwood admitted it would be “hard not to” return with the side to next year’s World Cup if they qualified.

“To be so close to them, it’s great to forge those relationships,” he said. “It is only two months, but you never know what can happen in the future.”

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 23, 2014 (08:50 IST)   at Sydney

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 23, 2014 (12:00 IST)   at Chittagong

India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 24, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Glenelg, Adelaide

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 24, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Sharjah

More

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 22, 2014  at Dambulla

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 21, 2014  at Dambulla

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 21, 2014  at Chittagong

Bangladesh won by 87 runs

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 21, 2014  at Melbourne

Australia won by 3 wkts

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 20, 2014  at Dambulla

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled(Match rescheduled to 21/11/2014)

Photos

Australia vs South Africa, 3rd ODI at Canberra

Videos

SL vs Eng: Buttler practices wicketkeeping in nets

Live Cricket Score Australia vs South Africa 2014, 5th ODI at Sydney: Faf du Plessis dismissed first ball after break

Is Dhawal Kulkarni a contender for India’s ICC World Cup 2015 squad?

World Cup 1992: Arjuna Ranatunga masterminds first ever 300-plus ODI chase

India vs Australia 2014: How crucial are India’s practice games ahead of the first Test?

Rohit Sharma: India are serious contenders

Australia Australia vs South Africa Australia vs South Africa 2014 India New Zealand New Zealand tour of UAE 2014 New Zealand vs Pakistan New Zealand vs Pakistan 2014 Pakistan Pakistan vs New Zealand Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014 South Africa South Africa tour of Australia 2014 South Africa vs Australia South Africa vs Australia 2014

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2nd ODI at Chittagong: Live scorecard

Live Cricket Score Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2nd ODI at Chittagong

Australia vs South Africa 2014: Rilee Rossouw scores his maiden ODI half-century

Australia vs South Africa 2014: Quinton de Kock and Rilee Rossouw bring up 50-run stand for 2nd wicket

Australia vs South Africa 2014: Quinton de Kock scores his 5th ODI half-century

ICC World Cup 2015: Australia in risk of overkill

Is Dhawal Kulkarni a contender for India’s ICC World Cup 2015 squad?

World Cup 1992: Arjuna Ranatunga masterminds first ever 300-plus ODI chase

India vs Australia 2014: How crucial are India’s practice games ahead of the first Test?

Rohit Sharma: India are serious contenders

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

681 Posts | 6 Fans

Video Highlights: Virat Kohli vs Australian cricketers

How many calories do bananas have?

PSN, 2K, and Windows Live hack claims by DerpTrolling are reportedly a hoax

International programme in Animal Husbandry

Mumbai City FC vs Chennaiyin FC, Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2014, 39th Match Preview: Hosts seek to avenge humiliating loss from earlier fixture

5 smart tricks to make your grocery shopping healthy

5 best moments of Karan Patel-Divyanka Tripathi aka Raman and Ishita from Yeh Hai Mohabbatein!

Live Cricket Score Vijay Hazare Trophy 2014-15 Bengal vs Karnataka Semi-Final 1

NGOs pursue education for all

Varun Dhawan celebrates FC Goa’s victory over Hrithik Roshan’s FC Pune City- View Pics!

Kashmir – What have we lost and what have we won

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here