Finn Allen is celebrating his century.© BLACKCAPS/Twitter
Finn Allen and Ish Sodhi both produced format-best displays as New Zealand overwhelmed Scotland with 68 runs in the 1st Twenty20 international in Edinburgh on Wednesday. Allen’s 101, his first T20 hundred, was the cornerstone of New Zealand’s 225-5, the opener sharing a first-wicket score of 85 with the veteran Martin Guptill (40). Scotland was rarely in the hunt for an answer, with leg-break bowler Sodhi taking a career-best 4-28 from his four overs, while fellow spinner Mitchell Santner, the New Zealand captain, weighed in 2-23 as the hosts were held to 157-8 in their 20 overs.
Calum MacLeod scored the highest score for Scotland with 33, while New Zealand led 1-0 in this two-game run.
Wednesday’s encounter marked Scotland’s first game since a damning report labeled Cricket Scotland, the national governing body, as “institutionalized racist”.
The report, which found 448 examples of institutional racism, was commissioned by sportscotland, the national funding body, last year after Scotland’s leading wicket-taker Majid Haq and former teammate Qasim Sheikh said they had been racially abused.
Before the report was made public, the entire board of Cricket Scotland resigned.
Haq and Sheikh met stand-in Cricket Scotland chief executive Gordon Arthur on the sidelines of Wednesday’s match.
A spokesman for Cricket Scotland said Arthur had a “very constructive discussion” with Haq and Sheikh, explaining that he “apologised for the time it has taken to get to this stage and the impact it has on them and their families.” has had”.
The spokesperson added: “They have agreed to meet within the next week and have a shared commitment to ensuring that cricket in Scotland is a truly welcoming sport with equal opportunity for all.”
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