Scotland captain Preston Mommsen retires

Scotland captain Preston Mommsen has retired from international cricket as country’s most decorated and successful player earning many team and individual honours in his career.

The 29-year-old, one of seven Scotland-based full-time professionals, has featured in 42 one-day internationals and 24 Twenty20 internationals.

He leaves his position having taken Scotland to two global events in the ICC 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand and the 2016 World T20 in India, winning ICC Associate and Affiliate Player of the Year in 2014.

He made his debut for Scotland against the Netherlands in Rotterdam in 2010 and was a mainstay in the national squad since.

Mommsen retires from international cricket with 127 Scotland caps to his name, along with an ODI average of 32.38 and 2,589 First Class runs at 37.52.

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Preston Mommsen coming in after practice at the 2015 ICC World T20 Qualifiers at the Grange // Photo Kaylan Geekie Images

He said: “After much thought and reflection, I have taken the decision to step down as the captain of Scotland and not renew my contract with Cricket Scotland, in order to pursue a very exciting and attractive opportunity in the corporate world.

“It has been an incredibly difficult decision but one that I felt I had to make at this stage.

“I would like to thank everyone involved at Cricket Scotland, both past and present, for giving me the opportunity to fulfil my dreams and supporting me on my journey.

“I am enormously proud of what we have achieved over the last few years, and I have no doubt that the team and the organisation will continue to grow its presence on the global stage in the future.

“I leave the team in a very healthy position with a world class management setup and a group of players that are demonstrating the skill and hunger to push Scotland cricket into the Top 12 in the World.

“I would like to wish both the team and the organisation all the very best.

“Finally,” he added, “I’d like to thank Malcolm, Andy [Tennant] and Grant for the way in which they have handled this situation and the support they’ve given me as I make the transition in careers.”

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Preston Mommsen at Goldenacre // Photo Kaylan Geekie Images

The South African-born top-order batsman scored two hundreds and six half-centuries in ODIs, where he averaged 32.38 with the bat.

Mommsen has had many achievements but he will be remembered most fondly for his epic 2014 World Cup qualifier in New Zealand, where he hit 520 runs at an average of 86.66 during the tournament, including 139 not out in Scotland’s victory over the United Arab Emirates in the final.

Under Mommsen, Scotland won their first match at a global tournament when they beat Hong Kong at the World T20.

Scotland head coach Grant Bradburn described it as “a big loss” as the ex-skipper takes up a position in the corporate world and says goodbye to the international game.

“Above all, we are very happy for Preston to be offered such an exciting opportunity,” added Bradburn.

“Preston is intelligent, well respected and ambitious, so for him to be moving into a corporate field that he is passionate about is just brilliant, but he offers the team many qualities that will be difficult to replace.

“A quality experienced batsmen at the peak of his skills, consistently our fittest player, top fielder and, of course, our leader with a tough uncompromising attitude.”

Cricket Scotland chief executive Malcolm Cannon also praised Mommsen’s contribution.

“Preston has been an exemplary ambassador for the sport in this country and should be extremely proud of his achievements as captain of Scotland,” he said.

“He has raised the bar in the level of professionalism he has shown whether it be with team-mates, members of the media or aspiring youngsters, he’s been a great credit to the organisation.

“I have really enjoyed the chance to work with a such a determined and passionate individual and wish him the very best in his future endeavours. He will be a great asset to his company in the corporate world.”

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