Scotland cricket February 1, 2004

No love lost between Scottish chiefs

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Jim Love, Scottish cricket's former chief executive, has expressed surprise that his successor, Gwynne Jones, has emerged with so much credit after resigning from his post last Monday.

Jones quit after two years in the post, after criticising his main investor Sportscotland and struggling to gain extra funds. Love, a straight-talking Yorkshireman who played three ODIs for England in 1981, cannot understand why he attracted so much praise.

"If he was that bloody good, why haven't they kept him on?" said Love. "It doesn't make sense. It does rile me that he has been taking credit for things that Alex Ritchie [former Scottish Cricket Union manager] and I did. We put in a power of work to get things up and running, particularly at age-group levels."

Love took Scotland to the 1999 World Cup but was unable to repeat the feat four years later. "It seems Mr Jones has concentrated on raising his own profile and nothing has progressed at youth level." His main achievement was to secure Scotland a place in the National Cricket League last summer, but much of the groundwork for that was put in by Love.

Jones' departure comes just a month before Scotland take part in the ICC Six Nations Challenge tournament in the United Arab Emirates. The prize for the winners is a place in September's ICC Champions Trophy in England.

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