Kyle Coetzer, who captained Scotland in last year’s T20 World Cup in the UAE, has announced his retirement from Twenty20 Internationals.
Coetzer resigned as Scotland’s captain last month, turning over to Richie Berrington, and struggled with the bat in last year’s T20 World Cup, averaging 12.00 with a strike rate of 102.43.
Michael Jones has replaced him in the squad and is set to make his T20I debut, against New Zealand next week. Jones was Durham’s best T20 Blast run-scorer this season, averaging 26.58 with a strike rate of 140.52, and appeared in eight ODIs between 2018 and 2019. Scotland has picked an 18-man squad to play New Zealand in two T20Is and one ODI. Coetzer will only be considered for the one-off ODI.
It Was A Pleasure To Lead Scotland In The T20 World Cup Last Year: Kyle Coetzer
“After considered discussions with Cricket Scotland and the head coach, the team would gain more from someone else playing in the upcoming T20 fixtures and the subsequent T20 World Cup,” Coetzer said.
“It was a pleasure to take part and lead my country in the previous World Cup and help Scotland qualify for this year. It was a real driving force for me to continue helping the team in any way that I could.
From a personal point of view, I am looking forward to having a bit more time to spend with my family with two young daughters while also focusing on my coaching career and having more time for that. But ultimately, it is about what is best for the direction of the team going forward.”
Scotland squad to play New Zealand: Richie Berrington (captain), Matthew Cross (wk), Kyle Coetzer (ODI only), Ali Evans, Chris Greaves, Oliver Hairs, Michael Jones, Michael Leask, Calum MacLeod, Gavin Main, Chris McBridge, George Munsey, Adrian Neill, Safyaan Sharif, Chris Sole, Hamza Tahir, Craig Wallace, Mark Watt