Lending a hand for World Cup

By Lee Gaskin

ANDREW Logan will be literally rubbing shoulders with the best players in the world.

The Bundaberg physiotherapist will put his skills to good use when he joins the support staff of the Scottish team at the ICC Cricket World Cup next March.

After plying his trade in the Rum City for the past two years, it was a connection through work which secured the 24-year-old the prized position.

Logan's boss at Quay Street Physiotherapy is Julie-anne Zahn - brother of Scotland's coach, and former Bundaberg star, Peter Drinnen.

"It was luck more than anything," Logan said of his opportunity of a lifetime.

"My boss's brother coaches Scotland, and it all went from there.

"I had always planned to travel for the next year, so going to the World Cup fitted in nicely."

Logan will join the side before their first game against Australia on March 14 as part of team of support staff.

"There's already another Australian who's their full-time fitness trainer, and myself and another person will be there as basically his assistants," Logan said.

Scotland's appearance in the West Indies will be just the second time it has played in the prestigious one-day tournament, following qualification in 1999.

On that occasion, they finished the competition win-less, but impressed everyone with their spirit and tenacity.

They will need more of the same this time around, especially in their first match when they clash with reigning two-time Cup holders Australia.

Growing up on the Gold Coast, Logan said he was looking forward to catching up with big-hitter Andrew Symonds, as they attended the same school.

"(Symonds) used to smash everyone around at school, and nothing's changed," Logan said.

"It'll be good to see him, but I hope he doesn't get too many against us."

Scotland have already selected their World Cup squad, with Drinnen confident they have chosen the right players.

"The nucleus of this squad has performed consistently for Scotland over the last couple of seasons," Drinnen said.

Following the match against the Aussies, they meet South Africa on March 20, before their best chance of a historic victory arrives on March 22, when they face fellow minnow Netherlands.



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