June 12, 2018 / 7:02 AM / 12 days ago

Cricket: Scotland hope ODI win over England boosts test status hopes

(Reuters) - Scotland’s shock one-day international win over England has boosted their chances of securing test-playing status, the country’s cricket board has said.

Cricket - Scotland v England - One Day International - Grange Cricket Club, Edinburgh, Britain - June 10, 2018 Scotland's George Munsey celebrates the wicket of England's Moeen Ali Action Images via Reuters/Craig Brough

Scotland registered their first victory over their neighbours at Edinburgh on Sunday, bowling England out for 365 after posting their highest score of 371 for five.

“I can see us getting there in the next couple of years,” Tony Brian, chairman of Cricket Scotland, told the BBC.

“We’re so close to our goal of full member status now”

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has 12 full members, with Ireland and Afghanistan promoted in June last year.

The ICC has reduced the number of teams at the 2019 World Cup to 10 from 14, making it far more difficult for associate nations to qualify.

“The ICC set strict criteria for us to meet for full member status and we’re only two away,” Brian added. “We probably need one more win against a top nation and our women’s team, who are also rapidly improving, need to do well at a World Cup qualifier.”

Cricket - Scotland v England - One Day International - Grange Cricket Club, Edinburgh, Britain - June 10, 2018 Scotland's Safyaan Sharif celebrates winning the match Action Images via Reuters/Craig Brough

Reporting By Arnab Paul in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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