Ryan Watson to take over as Scotland captain March 16, 2007

Bereavement forces Wright to fly home

Craig Wright: flying back home after a bereavement © Getty Images

Scotland's captain, Craig Wright, has flown home from the World Cup following the sudden death of his maternal aunt.

Wright, who took the wicket of Ricky Ponting during Scotland's 203-run defeat in their opening match against Australia on Wednesday, left St Kitts on Thursday evening and has been replaced in the short-term as captain by Ryan Watson.

Euan McIntye, Scotland's manager, told Cricinfo that Wright would miss Scotland's match against South Africa on March 20, but with the funeral scheduled to be held on Monday 19, he was expected to return to the squad in time for their key fixture against Holland next Thursday.

In Wright's absence, the South African-born seamer, Dewald Nel, 26, could be given a chance to play against the country of his birth.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of Cricinfo