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Craig Wright: focus is on World Cup qualifiers

Craig Wright has refused to discuss his prospects of landing the job as Scotland coach on a per­manent basis, writes William Dick.

Wright, put in joint-interim charge with Paul Collingwood following the sacking of Pete Steindl, will become a frontrunner if the Scots achieve their goal of qualifying for the World Cup. They can take another step in the right direction by beating Canada in Christchurch tonight.

A win would ensure that they advance to the Super Six stage and remain in with a chance of claiming one of two places up for grabs at next year's global tournament.

The former national team captain, who led when Scotland last quali­fied for a 50-over World Cup in 2007, said: "Everyone is concentrating only on the Canada game. We took over at such short notice that there hasn't been time for anything other than preparing for this tournament. We'll see what the future might hold when this is all over."

In addition to beating Canada, the Scots would like United Arab Emirates to beat Group A leaders Hong Kong, a combination of results which would mean three countries going through to the Super Six stage with two points each.

Namibia are already through to the Super Six from Group B and are likely to be joined by Netherlands and Papua New Guinea.

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