Kyle Coetzer Steps Down From Scotland Captaincy, ICC’s Associate Player Of The Decade

Kyle Coetzer Steps Down From Scotland Captaincy, ICC’s Associate Player Of The Decade

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04 Jun 2022
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Kyle Coetzer, captain of the Scotland men’s cricket team, has opted to step down following their ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 tri-series match against the UAE on Friday, 3 June.

Coetzer, 38, made his debut for Scotland in 2008 and has led the side at the U15, U17, and U19 levels, including the 2004 ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh. When Gordon Drummond stood down as captain of Scotland in 2013, he took over.

Having a wonderful career, he was part of ICC’s associate’s cricketer of the decade. A good player and even a better human being, he led his team to participate in 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

In an official statement Kyle Coetzer said:

“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,” he said in an official statement.

“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 to under its next leader.

“It’s been fantastic to see how the players are managing themselves on the field recently and to effectively have more than one leader out there has been a really positive and encouraging sign for me. It was this that made me feel it was the right time to share my decision and step down.

 

“I’m so grateful to have been able to impact this group of players and help Scotland through this phase of cricket that I’ve been involved in. I’ve certainly given it my all and I hope the players and fans also feel it’s been a positive experience. Although part of me is sad to be stepping down, I’m happy with where the team currently sits and I’m full of anticipation about what’s to come next for us all.

My biggest driving force over years has been to help the team have everything they need and lead them in every way I can. Moving forward I have no desire to stop playing and will be giving everything I have to my fellow players and the next captain – going out and scoring as many runs as I possibly can for Scotland remains the focus.

“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.”

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