Fraser Watts Retires
Scotland’s most capped player Fraser Watts has announced his retirement from international cricket
Fraser Watts, Scotland’s record cap holder with 203 appearances accumulated over a 15 year period, has decided to retire from the national side. Watts scored 4,724 runs for Scotland placing him third on the all-time list behind Ryan Watson and Iain Philip. His runs included 4 hundreds and 23 fifties with a highest score of 171 not out against Denmark. In 2009 Watts scored a memorable ODI century against Canada at Mannofield sharing a 203 run opening partnership with Gavin Hamilton.
Commenting on his decision, Fraser Watts said ‘’Since the end of last season I have been thinking long and hard about my career and have now decided that the time is right for me to hang up my boots. Upon reflection, it has become apparent to me that I don't have quite the same desire I once had to put in the hours of training required to perform at the level needed when representing Scotland and therefore it would not be fair to anyone if I continued to be part of the squad. The quality of the current crop of players it outstanding in terms of skill, fitness and work ethic and I have seen it as a great challenge and motivation over the past couple of years to try and keep up with them. However, I have recently started studying for an accountancy qualification and am just about to start a new job and with this comes a change in priority and focus for me and I see it as the right time to end my international cricket career.’’
‘’I have been involved in the Scottish Cricket set up for over 15 years now and have been lucky to have been part of some very successful sides during my time. I am very proud to have been a part of Scotland's 2004-2005 team that won the ICC Intercontinental Cup and the ICC Trophy for the first time. I am also immensely proud to have represented Scotland on the world stage during the three World Cups in which I took part. I have been lucky enough to have travelled the world playing the sport I love and to have had the opportunity to play with and against the best in the world. I have made many life long friends along the way and will leave with some wonderful and treasured memories. I have experienced the many highs and lows that come with playing sport at this level but have enjoyed every minute of it. There are, of course, things that I might have done differently during my career but, on the whole, I look back with satisfaction and in the knowledge that I gave my all every time I represented my country. ‘’
‘’Pete Steindl has been very supportive of me since his appointment as coach and, in my view, has done a tremendous job with the squad. There are some quirky individuals (myself included) who aren't always the easiest to manage but Pete has done a sterling job and has taken the team forward and developed it into what I believe will be a top class unit in the years to come. I am very grateful for all his support and wish him, Drummo and the team every success in the future.’’
‘’I was one of the few remaining Scottish cricketers who played for Scotland whilst pursuing a career outside the game. Whilst this often made free time somewhat sparse, I count myself as being very lucky to have been in this position and could certainly not have done it without the amazing support and understanding I received from my employers, Lloyds Banking Group – something I am extremely grateful for. I would also like to thank Roddy Smith and everyone at Cricket Scotland for all the hard work and assistance they have provided over the years. I truly appreciate everything they have done. ‘’
The Scotland squad resume training this coming Sunday ahead of a very busy 2013 schedule. For the first time in fifteen years they will have to do so without Fraser Watts who without doubt has made a massive and vital contribution to the Scotland side over a sustained period of time. Cricket Scotland will formally recognise his outstanding career in due course.