Cricketzine prediction: Scotland head coach Shane Berger steps into Somerset role

Shane Berger is set to step down from his role as Scotland’s head coach at the end of next month and take over the role of Somerset’s assistant manager.

Berger, 40, said he joined the Scottish company in 2019, with Grant he succeeding Bradbury in the job. He oversaw one of his biggest successes in history as Scotland reached the Super 12 stage of his 2021 T20 World Cup, defeating Bangladesh in the group stage.

They also lost to the West Indies in his T20 World Cup last year and are now top of the ICC World Cup League Two. The top three teams will qualify for the 50-over tournament in India this summer.

Interim Head of Performance Toby Bailey said: “He continues to develop the men’s national team and it is clear that beating a regular member is no longer a shock. I’m confident.

“The team has moved to a new level under his tenure and he has left the team and is in an excellent position heading into an exciting season of two ICC World Cup qualifiers. I would like to appoint him in time.”

Berger’s tenure was severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, as Scotland failed to reach a single men’s international senior game from December 2019 to May 2021. It included the resignation of the entire Cricket Scotland board in 2022 following egregious reports of discrimination allegations. In his new role at Somerset, the former Gauteng all-rounder will become the club’s chief batting coach.

Mr Berger said:
“Fortunately, I have been coaching the Scottish Men’s National Team for the past four years. The journey has been challenging for the group both on and off the field and I am very grateful to have been part of this journey. Proud to be.

“There have been many challenges along the way, but we have managed to overcome them successfully and have achieved great results. And it definitely helps me grow as a person. “I want to thank everyone who participated in this chapter. I cannot thank you enough for your help, care and support.”

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