Cricket Scotland is delighted at the news that former Scotland spinner Kirstie Gordon has been selected for England ahead of their Women’s World T20 campaign in the West Indies.
Gordon, originally from Huntly in the north-east, will swap the thistle for the three lions after impressing head coach Mark Robinson during this year’s Kia Super League, where her team Loughborough Lightning finished as runners up.
The Scottish women’s team were unfortunately denied the services of 20 year-old Gordon for their ICC Women’s World T20 Qualifier in the Netherlands this summer – where they missed out on one of two spots, finishing third – due to the current Kia Super League eligibility criteria.
It meant that if Gordon aspired to participate in the KSL she would need to do so as an overseas, thus forcing her to retire from Scotland duties with immediate effect.
Her left-arm spin this season saw her become the leading wicket-taker in county cricket, taking 35 wickets across both formats for Nottinghamshire, before performing exceptionally in the KSL with 17 wickets and an economy rate of just over 6 with Loughborough.
It was a tough decision for the passionate Scot, but Cricket Scotland are pleased that she has been rewarded with selection for England and wish her all the best.
She joins Leigh Kasperek, currently playing for the White Ferns, to progress through the Scottish system to play for a Test playing nation.