SCOTLAND’S top cricketers are getting ready to represent the country at the World Cup in a shirt designed by a schoolgirl.

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup gets under way in the United Arab Emirates and Oman this weekend.

Scotland, who start their tournament against Bangladesh this Sunday, will be wearing a design created by Haddington’s Rebecca Downie.

The youngster’s pattern was chosen from more than 200 entries from schoolchildren across Scotland. The shirt, based on the colours of Scotland’s national emblem the thistle, was selected unanimously by the team.

Rebecca, 12, saw her design made real when she and her family were special guests of the Scotland team at the recent T20 International against Zimbabwe in Edinburgh.

The new secondary school pupil met the players, who narrowly lost out on the day, and was presented with the first shirt off the production line.

A keen cricketer and Scotland fan, she cannot wait to see the team wearing her design.

The all rounder said: “I was so excited when I heard I had won the competition, I couldn’t believe it.

“I was so happy to see the shirt in real life, it looks brilliant!

“It was amazing to meet the team and watch them play against Zimbabwe.

“I will be wearing my shirt and cheering them on in every game in the World Cup.”

Rebecca’s mum, Anne, said the family were counting down to the tournament getting under way.

She said: “She will be really thrilled to see them all wearing it and we will be crowding round the TV screen to watch it.”

Kyle Coetzer (pictured below in the shirt), who captains the Scotland team, was delighted to meet the youngster.

East Lothian Courier: Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer in the shirt designed by Rebecca Downie ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup

Kyle said: “It was great to meet Rebecca and her family recently and see her wearing the new shirt.

“The team are really proud of the design and we are planning to go out there and do it justice with our performances in the World Cup.

“We hope that the fans will enjoy the new design and wear them proudly as they support us from back home.”

Replica shirts can be bought from Cricket Scotland’s clothing partner, Gray-Nicolls.