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Shane Burger (R) celebrates dismissing Sachin Tendulkar during CLT20 in 2010 (AFP Photo)

Shane Burger has been named as the new head coach of Scotland‘s men cricket team. The South African allrounder succeeds Grant Bradburn who left the team last year to link up with Pakistan as an assistant coach.

“I am both delighted and honoured to be awarded this position as head coach of Scotland,” Burger was quoted as saying by Cricket Scotland on its official website on Tuesday.

He further added, “The opportunity to work with players who have already shown that they can compete with the best in the business is an exciting challenge. Grant did a fantastic job and it will be my goal to move Scottish cricket to new heights on and off the field.”

Burger packs an experience of 14-year professional career during which he played 91 first-class, 79 List A and 36 T20 matches for Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal Inland, Lions and Southern Rocks.

Burger was chosen as the Cricket South Africa (CSA) coach of the year twice in 2-15-16 and 2017-18. He has coaching experience with the South Africa A in 2016 as an assistant coach.

He moves to Scotland from South African first-class provincial team KwaZulu-Natal Inland where he was the head coach since 2015, leading them to three trophies.

Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer is looking forward to working with Burger. “I spoke with the players yesterday and we are all looking forward to Shane’s appointment,” he said. “Shane joins us at an exciting time with our 2019 fixtures having been given a big boost by securing two full member nations, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan to our shores in the summer. Most importantly these ODIs will be of high quality and will help us continue our development in this format of the game leading up to beginning our ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 campaign later in the Summer.

“Shane joins us with an excellent coaching record from South Africa and a powerful winning mentality. We look forward to welcoming Shane into our environment and working closely with him towards our goal of achieving full member status and progressing higher up the international rankings,” he said.