Kyle Coetzer named new Scotland skipper

Cricket Scotland announced that Kyle Coetzer has been handed the captaincy of the national side, with the experienced Con de Lange appointed as vice-captain. 

The 32-year-old takes over from former skipper Preston Mommsen who retired after leading the Saltires to three global events, including two World Cups; the 50-over tournament in Australia and New Zealand in 2015 and, the 2016 Twenty20 World Cup in India.

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Former captain Preston Mommsen leads Scotland out against Hong Kong at the 2016 World Twenty20 in India // Photo Cricket Scotland

Coetzer – who was named batsman and Players’ Player of the Year for 2106 – is one of Scotland’s most experienced players and, was formally announced in the role for the second time after a spell as interim captain in the squad’s recent tour to the United Arab Emirates in January.

He was the first Scot to score a century at a global event after a superb knock of 156 against Bangladesh in Nelson at the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup and, is one of only five Scotland players to have passed the 1,000 One-Day International run-mark.

Coetzer has an impressive ODI average of 40.21 since making his 50-over debut against England in 2008. He has three centuries and seven fifties in 39 appearances in ODIs.

A former Northamptonshire player, he has represented Scotland at all levels, captaining at U15s, U17s and U19s, where he led the team to the 2004 U19 Cricket World Cup.

After being announced as captain of the national side Coetzer said: “It’s a great honour to lead this group of players for the second time.

“We’ve got a real depth in the squad and it’s the start of an exciting era. There’s been a lot of good work done behind the scenes and we’ll be looking to build on that going forward.

“I’m fortunate enough to inherit a settled squad and look forward to seeing them develop to the next level.”

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Grant Bradburn taking a fielding drill // Photo @CricketScotland

Scotland’s Head Coach Grant Bradburn added: “It is great news for the team that Kyle has accepted the position of Captain for 2017.

“We are fortunate to have Kyle’s experience to turn to and together with vice-captain Con de Lange the team have two fine leaders at the helm.”

De Lange’s appointment as Coetzer’s deputy has raised eyebrows but, was dismissed by the new captain, like he would a medium pacer bowling a long-hop.

“Con has a vast amount of experience, having played in the English and South African domestic seasons,” he said.

“He was the obvious choice [and] is a calming influence; a determined and dedicated player who gets the best out of the guys.”

Coetzer’s first official role in the job will be a training camp in La Manga from March 29 to April 3, ahead of the summer’s international fixtures against Sri Lanka, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

Featured image of Kyle Coetzer is courtesy of Cricket Scotland and Donald MacLeod

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