Bradburn sets sights on winning World T20 with Scotland

Grant Bradburn is disappointed to have lost out on the high profile Black Caps coaching role. He will continue with the Scots, at least till 2020.

Grant Bradburn says he is "lucky" to have supportive people at Cricket Scotland. Photo: Getty Images

Scotland cricket coach Grant Bradburn is “disappointed” at having missed out on the opportunity to succeed Mike Hesson as the Black Caps’ coach. On Wednesday, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) announced former Test batsman Gary Stead as their new coach.

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Bradburn wanted to leave Scotland expecting greener pastures in his motherland. But his goal now is to guide the Scots to glory in the World T20 event in Australia in 2020. “I am disappointed. However, I feel I am learning and developing all the time in my role — one door closes and two open. My next plan is to make Scotland win the World T20,” he told Sportstar on Wednesday.

“I am lucky to have supportive people at Cricket Scotland and I will look to stay on,” he added.

Bradburn’s credentials shot up when Scotland stunned England by six runs in a one-off One Day International game in Edinburgh in June. Plus, he had coached New Zealand A and Northern Districts in the past.

'Focus remains with Scotland'

Canterbury’s Stead and Central Stags’ Heinrich Malan raced ahead in the shortlist leaving behind Bradburn and Mark O’ Donnell — the former Black Caps assistant coach.

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“I haven’t had any formal feedback on my application yet. I do wish Gary and NZC continued success. My focus now remains with Scotland. We have already begun discussions to stay on through the next stages and build upon the brilliant progress the team has made in recent years. As a group, we are already planning and setting our sights on winning the next World T20,” said Bradburn.