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Hamilton named Scotland captain

Gavin Hamilton
Gavin Hamilton has been named the Saltires' new skipper

Gavin Hamilton says he is "honoured" after being named as the new captain of the Scotland cricket team.

The 34-year-old is Scotland's most experienced player, having taken part in the the 1999 and 2007 World Cups.

Ryan Watson stepped down last week after Scotland failed to qualify for the 2011 World Cup.

"It is a great honour to be asked to captain Scotland and I'm looking forward to the challenge enormously," Hamilton commented.

Gordon Drummond and Fraser Watts have been appointed as Hamilton's deputies as the Saltires look to recover from the disappointment of missing out on the World Cup.

We have a fantastic and important summer of cricket ahead and it is vital we put in some good performances in the next few weeks

Gavin Hamilton

The team finished sixth in the qualifying competition in South Africa but did just enough to retain their one-day international status.

Despite that, Hamilton is relishing the opportunity of leading the side and Scotland do have the ICC World Twenty20 in England in June to look forward to, having been drawn in the same group as South Africa and New Zealand..

"We are in a rebuilding phase and head coach Peter Steindl and I know we have to give a number of players international experience over the next couple of years," he said.

"However, we have a fantastic and important summer of cricket ahead and it is vital we put in some good performances in the next few weeks.

"I am delighted that in Gordon and Fraser we have a couple of people who can grow into the captaincy role and I am excited about working with them to move our team forward.''

Iain Kennedy, Scotland's chairman of selectors, said Hamilton, who also played a Test match for England in 1999 and has county cricket experience with Yorkshire and Durham, would prove a capable captain.

"It was important that the captain is sure of his place in the side and has the experience to drive forward the rebuilding process of the Scotland team, which will take place over the next couple of years," said Kennedy.

"We are lucky to have someone of Gavin's vast experience to lead the side through this next phase."

Hamilton's first match as skipper will be the Friends Provident Trophy game against Warwickshire on Sunday.


Scotland squad:

Gavin Hamilton (East Brierly, captain), Cameron Borgas (Greenock), Moneeb Iqbal (Greenock), Neil McCallum (Grange), Dewald Nel (Greenock), Matthew Parker (Arbroath), Glenn Rogers (Stenhousemuir), Simon Smith (Grange), Jan Stander (Stoneywood Dyce), Ryan Watson (Forfarshire), Fraser Watts (Carlton), Sean Weeraratna (Greenock).



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see also
Scots captain Watson steps down
28 Apr 09 |  Scotland
Scots to examine World Cup flop
20 Apr 09 |  Scotland
Afghanistan beat Scots in Benoni
19 Apr 09 |  Scotland
Scots miss out on 2011 World Cup
17 Apr 09 |  Scotland
ICC World Twenty20 squads
06 Apr 09 |  Cricket


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