Scotland skipper, Kyle Coetzer announces retirement from the T20I format￼
The former Scotland skipper, Kyle Coetzer, has announced his retirement from the T20 format, but he will play the one-off One Day against Black Caps while he stepped down from the captaincy early in June, with Richie Berrington taking over the role.
The former Scotland skipper, Kyle Coetzer, has announced his retirement from the T20 format, but he will play the one-off One Day against Black Caps.
Coetzer said he decided to retire from T20s to spend more time with his family and focus on his coaching career while also allowing another player an opportunity on the team.
Coetzer stepped down from his captaincy early in June, with Richie Berrington taking over the role. Coetzer made his debut in international cricket in 2008, and he has scored 1495 runs in 70 games, with six half-centuries. He made his career-best high score of 89 against the Netherlands in a tri-nation series in Ireland.
“After considered discussions with Cricket Scotland and the head coach, the team would gain more from someone else playing in the upcoming T20 fixtures and the subsequent T20 World Cup. It was a pleasure to take part and lead my country in the previous World Cup and help Scotland qualify for this year. It was a real driving force for me to continue helping the team in any way that I could,”Coetzer said.
“From a personal point of view, I am looking forward to having a bit more time to spend with my family with two young daughters while also focusing on my coaching career and having more time for that. But ultimately, it is about what is best for the direction of the team going forward,”he added.
However, Michael Jones, Oliver Hairs, and Craig Wallace have been included in the squad for the two T20Is and a single ODI against New Zealand, along with the 15 others who were also part of the Cricket World Cup League 2 fixtures recently.
Scotland and New Zealand will play the two T20I games on July 27 and 29, while the only ODI game will play on July 31.
“We certainly respect a team like New Zealand but we don’t fear them,”said head coach Shane Burger.
“The opportunity this brings right now is for us to test our skills against a really good skillset coming back at us. We are excited to see our players play against one of the best teams in the world in Scotland and get our home fans around at the Grange, and it would be great to see as many fans down there as possible. This is a team that knows that they can go on to beat Full Members as we have shown recently, and is fantastic preparation for the T20 World Cup later in the year.”
Scotland squad: Richie Berrington (c), Matthew Cross (wk), Kyle Coetzer (Only ODI), Ali Evans, Chris Greaves, Oliver Hairs, Michael Jones, Michael Leask, Calum MacLeod, Gavin Main, Chris McBride, George Munsey, Adrian Neill, Safyaan Sharif, Chris Sole, Hamza Tahir, Craig Wallace, Mark Watt.