Scotland Confirm Steindl Departure
Cricket Scotland have confirmed that Peter Steindl stepped down as head coach in mid-December, paving the way for Paul Collingwood and Craig Wright to take over.
Although Collingwood and Wright were put in charge of the ICC World Cup Qualifier campaign, which begins later this month in New Zealand, no official word on Steindl's departure had been revealed.
However, it has now been confirmed that Steindl brought an end to his six-year reign as coach after the team failed to qualify for the ICC World Twenty20 2014 in Bangladesh.
During his time in charge, Steindl led Scotland to the final of the World Cricket League and the Intercontinental Cup in 2010 and led them to their first win over a Full Member when they beat Bangladesh in 2012.
"The decision to step down has been a difficult one, but I feel it is the right one for the team's immediate future," Steindl said.
"I have enjoyed the challenges that the job has involved and feel privileged to have worked in this role for the last six years. I have been lucky enough to work with some very good cricketers in this time and I take particular pride in overseeing and helping establish Scotland's first professional structure. I hope this system will be built upon and improved in years to come.
"Thanks must go to my support staff and team Captains, past and present, who have played an enormous role in my life over the six years.
"In particular thanks must be extended to Tony Judd, Michael Powell, Toby Bailey, Mhairi MacPhail, Simon Smith and latterly Paul Collingwood. Not only have they been outstanding professionals but also become my good friends.
"I will always treasure the special memories of singing 'Flower of Scotland' after every win with my team-mates.
"I am looking forward to having the opportunity to spend some time with my family who have supported me and sacrificed much over the six years I have been Head Coach before I look for my next challenge. I wish the team every success in the future."
Scotland play a warm-up match in two days before beginning their World Cup Qualifier campaign against Hong Kong - one of the teams that beat them to qualification for the ICC World Twenty20 - on Monday 13th January.
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