Friday 3rd June, Texas-USA: Scotland men’s cricket team captain Kyle Coetzer is ready to pass the baton of his captaincy right after the ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 tri-series match against the UAE
Since 2008 Kyle Coetzer has been an integral part of the Scotland’s team for the U15, U17, and U19 levels, not to mention the 2004 ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh. He took over the captaincy in 2013 when Gordon Drummond stepped down.
The Friday’s game against the UAE will be Coetzer’s 214th game and his 110th as captain. As for the standings Scotland is currently second in League 2.
The 38-year-old was named ICC’s Associate Cricketer of the Decade last year. He is also Scotland’s third most capped player in cricket history. Having more wins than any other Scottish captain is certainly an accomplishment to be proud of. Not to mention, he is their highest run-scorer in ODIs with 2867 runs in 73 matches at an average of 42.79 and has led his team when they qualified for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in 2021. Coetzer’s successor will be appointed before Scotland’s next series in July against Namibia and Nepal.
“I have thought long and hard about my decision to step down as captain of the Scotland men’s side and have decided this test against the UAE will be my last at the helm” ICC quoted Coetzer on Friday
“It’s been an absolute pleasure to lead this group through various stages in our growth and development and captain my country and I will look back on the time with such fondness. I’m extremely proud of where we have got to and I’m even more excited with where this team can go under its next leader,” he added.
Talking about the current Series in the US he said:
“We have one more game in the USA and I plan to get my head down and try to enjoy the occasion. We’ve still got points to pick up in the next couple of series and heading towards the World Cup qualifier, we want to ensure we achieve automatic qualification for the qualifying tournament, which is a real motivation for me”
“I’m extremely proud and thankful for all the efforts of my teammates and everyone who has helped me along the way. It’s been a great journey so far and there’s going to be some more exciting cricket to play yet” he added.
Cricket Scotland Interim Head of Performance Toby Bailey and other influential dignitaries congratulated Coetzer on a successful captaincy career.
“On behalf of all of Cricket Scotland, the coaching staff, men’s team, and Scottish cricketing community, I’d like to extend a huge thank you to Kyle for all he has done during his time as captain” Bailey said.
“An incredible leader and cricketing talent, Kyle has made an unforgettable contribution to the game in Scotland, helping the team progress over the years and inspiring others. We are all looking forward to seeing what Kyle continues to do on the field as a player and wish him all the very best for this next chapter” he added.
The new Captain will be appointed before the team’s next series in July against Namibia and Nepal.
leadership skills and presence, behavior, strategy, values and passion for the badge are some of the key qualities to be taken into consideration before the coaching team decides on who takes up the role in consultation with senior players and Cricket Scotland Interim Head of Performance.