Scotland create their own mess
Six months ago to the day, coach Andy Moles guided Scotland to the ICC Trophy - and into the 2007 World Cup - and was rewarded with a two-year extension to his contract. Today, he resigned to spend more time with his family, according to a bland media release from Cricket Scotland. That disguised a far more tawdry reality, namely that a few of Scotland' senior players appear to have clashed with Moles, and the board has backed them rather than him.
With a lack of high-profile sponsors and serious questions over some players' fitness, Scotland go into one of their biggest years in some thing of a mess.
Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa