Scotland’s shocking ODI win over England has brightened their chances of securing test-playing status, the country’s cricket board has revealed. They registered their first triumph—historic in many ways--over their neighbors at Edinburgh on June 10, bowling England out for 365 just 6 runs short of Scotland’s highest ODI total (371-5).
“I can see us getting there in the next couple of years. We’re so close to our goal of full member status now. The ICC set strict criteria for us to meet for full member status and we’re only two away. We probably need one more win against a top nation and our women’s team, who are also rapidly improving, need to do well at a World Cup qualifier,” Tony Brian, chairman of Cricket Scotland, told the BBC.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has 12 full members, with Ireland and Afghanistan being the latest additions in June last year. The top cricket body has reduced the number of teams at the 2019 World Cup to 10 from 14, making it far more difficult for associate nations to qualify. After Scotland’s convincing win, people are asking the rationale behind 10-team World Cup.