Smith reaffirms Scotland CB40 commitment
Roddy Smith, the chief executive of Cricket Scotland, has dismissed speculation that his organisation might be considering withdrawing the Saltires from the CB40 competition and restated his belief that the tournament offers Scottish cricketers a valuable means of improving their standards.
Smith's response came in the wake of growing unrest about the current structure amongst English counties, allied to calls for the creation of a new IPL-style Twenty20 event, which might lead to the imminent scrapping of the 40-over competition.
"We are committed at the moment to the CB40. The Morgan Report, which was, of course, recently rejected by the counties confirmed our place in a new ECB structure, moving forward," said Smith, whose compatriots launch their 2012 campaign against Surrey and Notts in Edinburgh on Sunday and Monday.
"I am sure, as the ECB discuss their next steps, in regard to their domestic structure, that we will again be consulted. Cricket Scotland will continue to assess the best available playing programme for the national side. At present, this includes the CB40."
The Irish pulled out of the tournament last year, but Scotland and the Netherlands are still involved, as the various ICC Associate sides attempt to build a coherent fixture schedule. However, if reports from England are to be believed, the Scots and the Dutch may have to look elsewhere than the county circuit in the future.