Craig Wright moves on
Following a 19-year association with Cricket Scotland, Craig Wright has announced that he is leaving the organisation at the end of The ICC World T20 in India.
During this time, he contributed to the development of the game in Scotland in many ways as a Player, Captain, Development Officer, Marketing Manager, Performance Development Manager and Coach.
Wright made his international debut for Scotland in 1997 before becoming captain of the men’s international team in 2002. During this period Scotland enjoyed their most successful period on the international stage to date, with victories in the 2004 Inter-Continental Cup, ICC Trophy in 2005 and qualification for the 2007 World Cup.
He became Scotland’s most capped player and has captained his country a record 107 times. Craig’s career record as an all-rounder speaks for itself, but he will be remembered as one of Scotland’s most successful and consistent seam bowlers and for several notable match winning innings with the bat in high pressure situations.
Off the field Wright’s contribution has been equally significant in a number of roles with the organisation - dating back to 1998 when he was appointed part time Development Officer for the West of Scotland.
His contribution to date will probably be best remembered as a Head Coach with a record of developing winning teams – leading Scotland Under 19’s through consecutive successful World Cup Qualifying tournaments leading to participation in the 2012 and 2014 ICC Under 19 World Cups. During his six-year tenure as Performance Development Manager, sixteen young players debuted for Scotland from the youth programme.
Wright also led the senior men’s team as caretaker Head Coach for the successful 2014 World Cup Qualifying campaign in New Zealand, becoming the first man to win the ICC Trophy as both Captain and Coach. More recently he became Scotland’s Assistant Coach and specialist Bowling Coach, continuing his proven track record in developing young players to international standard.
Speaking of his decision Wright said “After much thought and consideration I have decided to leave my position with CS following the WT20 Event in India. I feel it is the right time for me to take on some new challenges and explore other interests.
Despite being a football loving boy from the West of Scotland, Scottish Cricket has been my passion since the first time I got the opportunity to play the sport as a 13-year-old, and has been a massive part of my life since then. I have been incredibly fortunate to have had some wonderful experiences in the sport as a player and coach during a time where cricket at Associate level developed beyond recognition.
I am extremely grateful for the opportunities I have been afforded to be a small part of Scotland’s role in that, and I thank everyone who has helped and supported me during that time. I truly hope the future growth of the sport and Scotland’s chances of continuing to progress, are supported by us being given the appropriate opportunities to compete on the world stage. I believe we have a team which is capable, given the right opportunities of playing a significant part in a bigger, healthier, more meritocratic global game in the future. A sport which provides a pathway for talented young Scottish players to represent their country at the pinnacle of the sport if they are good enough to do so.
The forthcoming WT20 tournament gives us another opportunity to prove that we deserve to be on the global stage and I am confident we can do that. I have thoroughly enjoyed the last two years working with the current squad and staff, and a strong showing in India would be a great way to sign off.”
Cricket Scotland Performance Director Andy Tennant added “It is hard to put into words the size of the contribution Craig has made to the development of the game in this country – and especially as it was in so many different roles. His record as a player and captain speaks for itself. But more importantly for me is his incredible work ethic, drive and determination. His outstanding skill as a coach, who was so passionate about developing young Scottish players, will be his greatest legacy. I hope that one day we will see Craig back in the fold fighting hard, as he always did, to make Scotland successful.”
Wright will continue to work in his current coaching role with the Scotland men’s team until the end of the ICC World T20 in India in March.