Gordon Drummond steps down as Scotland Captain
Gordon Drummond has today announced that he is to step down as captain of the Scotland cricket team. Drummond took over the captaincy from Gavin Hamilton in 2010, and has led his country with distinction during a rebuilding process for the national side.
In 16 One Day Internationals as captain, Drummond led his side to 9 victories and reached the final of both the World Cricket League Division 1 and the intercontinental Cup in 2010. He was also at the helm when Scotland beat Bangladesh last year to record their first win over a Full Member nation in an International Cricket Council fixture.
Drummond, who celebrated his 33rd birthday last week, cited two reasons for his decision. On the recent tour to the United Arab Emirates to play Afghanistan, he was the only non-full time professional cricketer in the squad. With his work commitments competing with an increasing playing workload for the national team, he is unable to commit to play all the games throughout the season and, at the end of last year, he was not available to participate in the Scotland tour to South Africa. With a strong belief that continuity in leadership is very important, especially for the home based Scots, he does not wish to repeat that situation again.
With a number of new players forcing their way in the national squad, competition for places in the team for the ODIs will be fierce, especially amongst the seam bowlers. To this end, Drummond accepts that he has to fight for his place in the starting XI which may lead to uncertainty in the lead up to the big games. Taking both these factors into consideration, the proud Scot took the decision to step down from the captaincy.
Drummond is committed to continue to represent his country and will be available in all formats to support his successor. He will be playing today for the A team against Durham 2nd XI in preparation for the first YB40 game against Hampshire on Sunday.
Commenting on his decision, Drummond stated, ‘It’s been an unbelievable experience having had the opportunity to captain Scotland and the Saltires. I have given it my all and feel I have done my best to keep the squad moving forward. However my professional life and playing situation mean that I feel it's time to pass the leadership on to someone else.
I want to continue to play as long as I can and will be working hard to maintain my place in the team and achieve the goals set out by this current squad.
It's an exciting future ahead for everyone involved in cricket in this country. I would like to thank everyone who has supported me as captain over the past few years in particular the coaching staff, the players and my family.'
Peter Steindl, Scotland’s Head Coach added, “Gordon has led his country with distinction on every occasion he has captained Scotland. He has been a fantastic role model and excellent leader, working tirelessly to create an effective environment during a time of change. Much of this work has been done selflessly and behind the scenes in a manner that has always matched his philosophy that the team always comes first.
I am pleased that Gordon has decided to play on as he will continue to have a positive influence in the dressing room.”
Roddy Smith, Chief Executive of Cricket Scotland was fulsome in his praise for Drummond, stating ‘’Gordon has been an exceptional leader for Scotland. He took over during a difficult period for the side and has provided a very strong leadership team along with Peter Steindl. Hugely respected by his team, Gordon embodies everything that is good about cricket.
He is a highly competitive individual who has made the most of his talents whilst installing some strong values amongst his team, all of whom hold him in the greatest respect. Although we are disappointed that Gordon has decided to step down, he has done so for reasons that are in the best interest of the team, a measure of the man.
I would like to thank him on behalf of Cricket Scotland for all his efforts and commitment during his period as captain and we all look forward to seeing him pull on the Scottish shirt as a member of the side during this year and beyond.”