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Grant Bradburn appointed new Scotland coach

Scotland appoint former New Zealand international Grant Bradburn as their new coach.

Scotland have named former New Zealand international Grand Bradburn as their new coach.

The 47-year-old leaves his post with New Zealand A to succeed Pete Steindl, who resigned in December after failing to qualify for the WorldTwenty20.

Paul Collingwood, along with Chris Wright, had been in interim charge, but the Durham all-rounder's playing commitments and position as fielding coach in the England setup mean that he was not considered for the full-time role.

Bradburn told the Cricket Scotland website: "I am thrilled at the prospect of working with a nation trying so hard to build on recent success. As a coach, this presents a great opportunity to add value, by driving continual improvement, building depth with healthy competition for Scottish representation.

"The Scotland team have performed well by qualifying for the 2015 World Cup which will be played in New Zealand and Australia at venues that I am very familiar with. With my appointment through to the end of 2017, I will focus sharply on continuing Scotland's progress towards being a leading force in world cricket.

"I am also motivated to contribute to Scotland Cricket's overall performance systems, aligning with each region to build clear player pathways and assisting more Scottish players to step up onto the world stage."

Bradburn, who played seven Tests for the Black Caps between 1990 and 2001 as an off-spinning all-rounder, had previously spent five years as head coach at native team Northern Districts.

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