NEW ROLE FOR COETZER
Coetzer said he has “no desire to stop playing” and will continue to wear the national colors under a new leader for the foreseeable future. © Getty
Kyle Coetzer has stepped down as Scotland captain. The 38-year-old had announced his decision ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 game against the UAE on Friday (June 3).
Scotland’s new captain will be appointed for the series against Namibia and Nepal in July, Cricket Scotland said.
Coetzer said he has “no desire to stop playing” and will continue to wear the national colors under a new leader for the foreseeable future. He led Scotland in 110 matches, including Super 12 matches in the 2021 T20 World Cup in the UAE, and is the third player with the most limits in history.
“I have thought long and hard about my decision to step down as captain of the Scottish men’s squad and have decided that this test against the UAE will be my last at the helm,” Coetzer said in a statement.
“It has been an absolute pleasure to lead this group through various stages in our growth and development and to lead my country and I will look back on the time with such fondness. I am immensely proud of where we have come and I am even more excited with where this team can go under its next leader.
“It has been fantastic to see how the players have been managing themselves on the pitch lately and to have more than one leader effectively was a very positive and encouraging sign for me. This made me feel it was the right time to share my decision and move on.
“I am so grateful to have been able to influence this group of players and help Scotland through this stage of cricket that I have been involved in. I certainly did everything I could and I hope the players and fans feel that too. Although Part of me is sad to step down, I’m happy with where the team is at the moment and I’m full of anticipation about what’s to come for all of us.
“My biggest drive over the years has been to help the team have everything they need and lead them in every way possible. Going forward I have no desire to stop playing and will give everything I can I have my teammates and the next captain – Going out and scoring as many points as possible for Scotland remains the focus.
“We have one game left in the US and I intend to keep my head up and enjoy the opportunity. We still have points to take in the next heats and on our way to World Cup qualifiers, we want to make sure that we automatically qualify for the qualifying tournament, which is a real motivation for me.
“I am extremely proud and grateful for all the efforts of my team-mates and everyone who has helped me along the way. It has been a great journey so far and there will be some more exciting cricket to play.”