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Preston Mommsen retires from international cricket

Preston Mommsen retires from international cricket
Preston Mommsen has played 66 games for Scotland
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Scotland captain Preston Mommsen has decided to retire from international cricket in order to take a career in the corporate world.

Mommsenn, who is among the seven full-time professional to be associated with Cricket Scotland decided not to renew the contract ending a six-year career.

He made his One-Day International debut in September 2010 against Netherlands and has featured in 42 games scoring 1101 runs at an average of 32 while also snaring six wickets.

In the shortest version, the 29-year-old played his first Twenty20 International against Kenya in 2012 and has gone on to play 24 games. He also won the award for ICC Associate and Affiliate Cricketer of the Year in 2014. Mommsen also led Scotland in 25 ODIs and 17 T20Is.

He also led Scotland to their first victory in an ICC global tournament when they defeated Hong Kong in this year's ICC World T20.

Mommsen thanked Cricket Scotland for the support overt he years wish the team the best going forward.

“After much thought and reflection, I have taken the decision to step down as the captain of Scotland and not renew my contract with Cricket Scotland, in order to pursue a very exciting and attractive opportunity in the corporate world. It has been an incredibly difficult decision but one that I felt I had to make at this stage in my life.”

“I would like to thank everyone involved at Cricket Scotland, both past and present, for giving me the opportunity to fulfil my dreams and supporting me on my journey.

"I am enormously proud of what we have achieved over the last few years, and I have no doubt that the team and the organisation will continue to grow its presence on the global stage in the future.

"I leave the team in a very healthy position with a world class management setup and a group of players that are demonstrating the skill and hunger to push Scotland cricket into the Top 12 in the World. I would like to wish both the team and the organisation all the very best.

"Finally, I'd like to thank Malcolm, Andy and Grant for the way in which they have handled this situation and the support they've given me as I make the transition in careers.”

Cricket Scotland chief executive Malcom Cannon lauded Mommsen for his contribution.

"Preston has been an exemplary ambassador for the sport in this country and should be extremely proud of his achievements as captain of Scotland," he said.

"He has raised the bar in the level of professionalism he has shown."

Mommsen predicted that Scotland "will continue to grow its presence on the global stage in the future".

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