The Main Man from Meigle
From Ben Fox, Photos: Donald MacLeod
“It should be an honour every time you pull on the Scotland jersey”, Gordon Drummond vehemently explained during an interview back in 2011.
In early May 2013, Drummond broke the news that he was to stand down as Scotland captain following a 3 year spell at the helm of the national team.
He was initially offered the captaincy following Scotland’s failure to qualify for the 2011 World Cup and grasped the opportunity with both hands. Despite the difficulties of a team in transition that craved stability, Drummond brought that in abundance.
It hasn’t come easy for the 33 year old all-rounder who wasn’t selected to wear the royal blue thistle until he was 27 years old. Following his initial inclusion he couldn’t have imagined that he would go on to lead his country, and with such distinction too.
It was in July 2007 that he made his one-day international debut for Scotland, during a narrow defeat to the West Indies, where he bowled the first of his 1,578 ODI deliveries... and it was to a batsman by the name of Chris Gayle.
He was the leader of Scotland when they defeated Bangladesh to record his country’s first T20 win over a full Member Nation at The Hague in Holland last summer.
It was the recent tour to Sharjah and the defeats against Afghanistan that prompted the Meigle-born boy to take a step back from the demanding role of captain. It was certainly a decision made with a heavy heart.
“Gordon has decided to step down for reasons that are in the best interest of the team, a measure of the man.”Roddy Smith - Cricket Scotland CEO
Recognising the fact that he needed to concentrate on his own performance, together with his role as full-time Cricket Development Manager at Edinburgh Council, made it difficult to pledge the time required.
Former Scotland wicketkeeper Dougie Lockhart posted a prominent tweet following Drummond’s retiral that it had signalled the end of the amateur international cricketer – not that there was anything amateurish about the way he conducted himself. Nor indeed is he retiring from the side, only from the captaincy.
He is known around various media circles as ‘One Take Drummond’ due to the fact that the content you will get is both eloquent and honest during post-match interviews.
He is often noted for his ‘bulldog-like’ attributes, but even a brief chat with him will reveal his passion for the game and a sense of drive. During his reign he has remained humble and focused on the job at hand.
In the modern-day sporting era, where criticism of sportsmen is not uncommon, Drummond’s resignation was met with resounding noises of ‘a job well done’, and ‘congratulations on a fantastic career’ from his many admirers at the way he has performed on and off the field.
His leadership has been a huge asset to Scottish cricket.