May 1, 2009


Hamilton the surprise successor to Watson

Will Luke

Scotland have named Gavin Hamilton, their most experienced player, as the successor to Ryan Watson, the former captain who stepped down this week in the wake of his team's failure to qualify for the 2011 World Cup.

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Posted by Vikram Maingi on (May 7, 2009, 17:37 GMT)

Gavin Hamilton is too old to become a first-time leader for Scotland Team. With World Cup berth already lost, it seems Scotland Board is eyeing him as a stop gap arrangement. After some time they might come up with a different strategy for the 2015 World Cup.

Posted by Vikram Maingi on (May 4, 2009, 11:48 GMT)

It is indeed a very big surprise. Maybe he is going to be a stop-gap arrangement, before Scotland choses a younger leader for leading their team. As far as credentials are concerned, Hamilton is probably their best batsman ever. He played for Scotland in 1999, then made his Teat debut for England and now is once again representing Scotland.

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Will Luke
Assistant editor Will opted against a lifetime of head-bangingly dull administration in the NHS, where he had served for two years. In 2005 came a break at Cricinfo where he slotted right in as a ferociously enthusiastic tea drinker and maker, with a penchant for using "frankly" and "marvellous". He also runs The Corridor, a cricket blog where he can be found ranting and raving about all things - some even involving the sport. He is a great-great nephew of Sir Jack Newman, the former Wellingtonian bowler who took two wickets at 127 apiece for New Zealand.

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