11 February 2016
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon wasn’t stumped for words when the Cricket Scotland women’s team visited Parliament.
They were invited to the FM’s office on the back of their strong showing at the ICC Women’s World T20 Qualifier in Thailand in October 2015. And while they were visiting the FM, they passed scrutiny on her cricket skills!
Although her cricket keep-uppie skills were good, the First Minister’s was happy to admit she isn’t expecting to be called up to bat for the team any time soon, if at all…
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) February 11, 2016
— First Minister (@ScotGovFM) February 11, 2016
The First Minister said:
“Cricket is increasing in popularity in Scotland and the men’s national team qualifying for the 2015 World Cup was not only a fantastic achievement for the side, but also an opportunity to inspire the women’s team and to encourage more people to get into the sport.”
For Kari Carswell, the qualifier was her last as head coach after 5 years in the job and she will now take up an important strategic role with Cricket Scotland in order to develop the women’s game, from grassroots level through to international.
The First Minister added:
“I was delighted to meet the women’s team and congratulate them on their recent performance in Thailand. Although they narrowly missed out on qualification for this year’s World Twenty20, the team and everyone involved should be very proud of what they have achieved.
“It was also nice to meet Kari and congratulate her on her five years in charge of the side. She has done an outstanding job and the standard of cricket the girls are now playing is a credit to the players, their head coach and all the support team who are now involved in the programme – I’m sure she will relish her new role at Cricket Scotland”.
— Cricket Scotland (@CricketScotland) February 11, 2016