Scotland news May 19, 2015

Iain Wardlaw retires from international cricket

ESPNcricinfo staff

Iain Wardlaw played 22 ODIs and 4 T20 internationals for Scotland © Getty Images

Iain Wardlaw, the Scotland fast bowler, has retired from international cricket with immediate effect to focus on a career in design. He made his debut in 2013 and played in 22 ODIs and 4 T20 internationals, picking up a combined tally of 45 wickets. He also played five matches in the 2015 World Cup, where he took six wickets.

"I would like to thank all the players, staff and fans of Scotland cricket for their passion and support throughout my time with the national team," Wardlaw said. "I couldn't have wished to have played with a better group of lads who I wish all the success in the future."

Wardlaw, 29, said he wanted to resume his designing career. "For me I'm looking forward to a career path in the design industry, where I started before cricket so there's plenty of exciting challenges ahead."

Cricket Scotland praised Wardlaw for his commitment and dedication throughout his career. "His total commitment to his country was never in doubt by those who saw him train and play in the Scotland jersey. Throughout his Scotland career he was an attacking pace bowler who never took a step backwards and never shirked a tough challenge."

Grant Bradburn, Scotland head coach, also hailed Wardlaw for his contributions to Scotland cricket. "Iain can be proud that he has made a big contribution to Scotland Cricket and the team," Bradburn said. "Iain is highly respected within the side and his contributions both on and off the park will be missed."

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  • Stanley on May 19, 2015, 14:19 GMT

    Seems pretty sad to me to think he can't continue to play cricket because it's not a viable career option. Surely the ICC needs to do more to fund Associate members?

  • Dummy4 on May 19, 2015, 7:35 GMT

    He was a genuine fast bowler, and cricket would miss his charm. Congratulations on completing a small but wonderful career in cricket. I feel sorry for Scotland, though. #GoodluckIain

  • Mihir on May 19, 2015, 7:11 GMT

    Well ICC this is going to happen , Who headed your development committee since 2000's , Not even a Single nation elevated to Full Membership in 15 years. Isn't that per When you give Top 6 associate ODI Status make sure they play bottom 4 Full Members in 3 Odi's 2 T20i's . ICC try to host Tri Series or Quadrangulars with 2 Full Members and 2 Associates . Associates are going to face exodus if you don't give them enough matches which would earn them their living . Betterment of cricket would be sacking of N.Srinivasan and Dave Richardson.

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