McBride heads for India

McBride batting against Netherlands U17s, courtesy of ICC/CricketEurope

Tom McBride is packing his bags to experience cricket in India. Next week he leaves for the Pune Cricket Academy near Mumbai for an intensive twelve day National Academy tour of the sub-continent.

Last year the player, from Dumfries CC, played for Scotland U17s and Scotland U19s and the 18 year old has spent the winter as one of seven players invited onto Scotland’s Performance Course at Telford College in Edinburgh. He joins those in the National Academy Squad in making up a 15-man party.

The focus will be on training with three games scheduled later in the stay including a planned match against the state U19 side. Craig Wright, ex-Scotland captain, and now the National Performance Development Manager is one of the coaches travelling. Once in India the group will be under the direction of experienced local coaches well versed in the local conditions.

Wright commented that “the aim is for the batsmen to work on playing spin and for the bowlers to master very different conditions. The expertise at what is a global cricket academy, the facilities available and the experience will stretch their abilities.”

“Tommy has worked really hard on his game over the past months, both on the physical and the technical aspects. He is also benefitting from training with the others in the performance group some of whom gained their first caps for the full Scotland side last year.”

The former Lockerbie Academy pupil was first introduced to the sport thanks to a holiday cricket taster session organised by D&G Council’s Sports and Leisure Department and is a product of the hard work of the junior coaches in the region and has regularly played for the regional teams at varying age groups.

As one more experience the group will hopefully get to see the razzmatazz of a Twenty20 IPL game during their stay.

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