Scotland to target Pakistan in Twenty20 World Championship

Saturday, September 1, 2007

John Blain, the Scotland fast bowler, has targeted Pakistan as a potential weak link in the forthcoming Twenty20 World Championship which kicks off in South Africa on September 11.

Scotland join Kenya as the two Associate nations in the inaugural Twenty20 tournament after reaching the final of the World Cricket League in Nairobi earlier this year. But although considered to be underdogs, Scotland, Blain insists, aren't there to simply make up the numbers.

"We're more confident in this competition,"

he told the BBC.

"We have a decent record in this length of game."

In addition to exposure to the format in the country's domestic competition, three of their squad - Dougie Brown, Navdeep Poonia and Dewald Nel - have first-class experience in county cricket. And Blain is far from daunted at the prospect of tackling Pakistan.

"We've played against the Indians, and they're a great batting side,"

he said.

"But Pakistan, with all due respect, can be volatile-and it depends which side of the bed they get out of. The Pakistan match has to be a major target for us."

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