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Collingwood lands Scotland job

Former England all-rounder Paul Collingwood will jointly lead Scotland into the World Cup qualifiers, stepping up from his role as assistant coach.

Durham skipper Collingwood, who exclusively told earlier this year that he expects the 2014 domestic season to be his last as a player, will take charge of the team alongside former Scotland captain Craig Wright with Peter Steindl stepping down from his role as head coach after six years in the role.

Paul Collingwood will lead Scotland's bid for a World Cup place alongside the country's former captain Craig Wright in New Zealand

Scotland have been dealt a tough five-team group for the World Cup qualifying tournament in New Zealand, which takes place from January 10 to February 2.

They face the United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong and Nepal - all of whom recently qualified for this year's World Twenty20 in Bangladesh - and Canada, who have played in the past three World Cups. A play-off defeat to the Netherlands in November ended Scotland’s World T20 ambitions.

"Paul Collingwood will lead the Scotland coaching team at the forthcoming World Cup qualifying event in New Zealand, in conjunction with performance development manager Craig Wright,” read a statement on the Cricket Scotland website.

"The team will be managed by Euan McIntyre together with performance analyst/fielding coach Toby Bailey, strength and conditioning coach Simon Smith and physiotherapist Mhairi MacPhail.

"All were part of the Scotland coaching and support team at the recent tournament in the United Arab Emirates, with Collingwood and Wright stepping up from their assistant coaching roles to lead the team."

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