Thursday 2 May 2013 

Drummond Stands Down As Scotland Captain

Drummond Stands Down As Scotland Captain
Drummond Stands Down As Scotland Captain
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Gordon Drumond has stepped down as Scotland captain following a successful spell following his appointment in 2010 to succeed Gavin Hamilton.

He has led the side during a period of rebuilding, winning nine out of 16 One-Day Internationals including the landmark victory over Bangladesh in 2012 - their first ever ODI win over a Full Member.

Under his control, Scotland also reached the finals of both the World Cricket League Division One and Intercontinental Cup in 2010.

As Drummond, 33, is one of the few non-professional players in Scotland's current squad, and competition among seam bowlers is becoming more and more intense, he has decided to step down to allow Cricket Scotland to appoint a new captain who will be available for all matches.

He will remain available for selection when his work commitments allow.

"It’s been an unbelievable experience having had the opportunity to captain Scotland and the Saltires.   I have given it my all and feel I have done my best to keep the squad moving forward.  However my professional life and playing situation mean that I feel it's time to pass the leadership on to someone else.

"I want to continue to play as long as I can and will be working hard to maintain my place in the team and achieve the goals set out by this current squad.

"It's an exciting future ahead for everyone involved in cricket in this country.  I would like to thank everyone who has supported me as captain over the past few years in particular the coaching staff, the players and my family.'

Peter Steindl, Scotland’s Head Coach added, "Gordon has led his country with distinction on every occasion he has captained Scotland. He has been a fantastic role model and excellent leader, working tirelessly to create an effective environment during a time of change. Much of this work has been done selflessly and behind the scenes in a manner that has always matched his philosophy that the team always comes first.

"I am pleased that Gordon has decided to play on as he will continue to have a positive influence in the dressing room.”

Roddy Smith, Chief Executive of Cricket Scotland said: "Gordon has been an exceptional leader for Scotland.  He took over during a difficult period for the side and has provided a very strong leadership team along with Peter Steindl.  Hugely respected by his team, Gordon embodies everything that is good about cricket.

"He is a highly competitive individual who has made the most of his talents whilst installing some strong values amongst his team, all of whom hold him in the greatest respect. 

"Although we are disappointed that Gordon has decided to step down, he has done so for reasons that are in the best interest of the team, a measure of the man.

"I would like to thank him on behalf of Cricket Scotland for all his efforts and commitment during his period as captain and we all look forward to seeing him pull on the Scottish shirt as a member of the side during this year and beyond."

© Cricket World 2013

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