Liz Smith pays tribute to Kari Carswell
Member of the Scottish Parliament and former Scotland cricketer Liz Smith has paid tribute to Kari Carswell, who announced she would be stepping down as women’s national Head Coach earlier this week.
The date was August 17th 1999 and the venue was the Edinburgh Academy's Newfield main square. It was the occasion of my first full international cap and the Scotland XI that day also included a young Kari Anderson. Like any other debutante, I was very nervous but I needn't have worried as Kari was with me every inch of the way helping me in the field and helping me through a tense time at the crease when we were under considerable pressure.
The fact that she was the outstanding cricketer in the team went without saying, but she was also a wonderful team mate. Her concern for other players and ensuring that everyone else besides her was able to get the best out of themselves and enjoy the sport was second to none.
The very good news is that she will be taking up a much more important strategic role with Cricket Scotland in order to develop the women's game, something that will give us all confidence that her great legacy to cricket will continue to grow over the coming years.
Kari - thank you for being such a wonderful coach and inspiration to the rest of us.