Dougie Lockhart Retires From International Cricket
Experienced Scotland wicket-keeper Dougie Lockhart has called time on his international career following 16 years representing the Saltires and earning 178 caps.
The 35-year-old featured in Scotland's qualifiying campaign for the 2007 World Cup, their 2004 triumph in the ICC Intercontinental Cup and the 1998 Commonwealth Games.
"This is the right time for me to finish my international career," he explained. "Representing Scotland requires 100% commitment, discipline and dedication and I have always prided myself on the high standards I have set.
"After 16 years of international cricket and nine years of combining international cricket with a full time job, I feel that I can no longer commit the required time and make the necessary sacrifices to play and compete at international level. There are no major tournaments over the next couple of years, so it is an appropriate time to step aside and allow younger players the opportunities to progress.
"The Scotland team over the 2004-05 period was the strongest I was involved in. We had a talented group of players who had played a lot of cricket together and everyone peaked at the right time for the ICC Trophy in Ireland.
"I feel extremely proud and privileged to have played for Scotland over a period of significant development for the game in this country. I have enjoyed every minute of it and it was fantastic to have the opportunity to play in One-Day Internationals, first-class matches, ICC tournaments and English county matches for Scotland.
"I will miss the dressing room atmosphere and the adrenaline from big games, but I know in my heart that the time is right. I look forward to moving on to the next phase of my life in my career with Barclays Wealth, and spending more time with my wife Joanne."
Cricket Scotland chief executive Roddy Smith added: "Dougie Lockhart has been a tremendous servant of Scottish cricket throughout his international career and has had constantly to juggle his professional career with his Scotland commitments. I'm sure everyone will want to thank him for and to congratulate him on such a distinguished record."
Lockhart played 14 One-Day Internationals between 2006 and 2010 as well as 24 first-class matches and some 105 one-day games between 1997 and 2010.
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