Former Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer on Thursday announced his retirement from T20I cricket with immediate effect. Coetzer recently stepped down as captain after three games in the ICC World Cup League 2 series against the UAE, with Richie Berrington taking over for the 38-year-old.
ICC Men’s Associate Cricketer of the Decade Coetzer also captained Scotland at the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and Oman.
“After careful discussions with Cricket Scotland and the head coach, the team will win more than anyone else in the upcoming T20 matches and the next T20 World Cup,” Koetzer said in a statement.
“It’s a pleasure to be there and lead my country in the last World Cup and help Scotland qualify for this year. This is a real driving force for me to continue to help the team in any way I can.”
The veteran added that he hopes to spend more time with his family, which will be available to him once he retires from T20I. ‘
“Personally, I’m looking forward to spending more time with my family and my two young daughters while I focus and have more time for my coaching career.” But at the end of the day, it’s about what the future direction of the club will be. the club is all about the best team,” he said.
Coetzer played 70 T20Is for Scotland and hit 1495 runs with 6 fifties. He led Scotland in those 41 games and recorded 20 wins.
The former captain will only be available at home for the upcoming ODI against New Zealand. Scotland will also host New Zealand for the two T20Is. They have announced an 18-strong squad for the series, which will kick off on 27 July with T20I. All matches will be played in Edinburgh.
Lineup: Richie Berrington (c), Matthew Cross (wk), Kyle Coetzer, Ali Evans, Chris Greaves, Oliver Hares, Michael Jones, Michael Leask, Callum McLeod, Gavin Mayne, Chris McBride, George Munsey, Adrian Neill, Safian Sharif, Chris Soule, Hamza Tahir, Craig Wallace, Mark Watt