Ryan Watson to take over as Scotland captain

Bereavement forces Wright to fly home

Andrew Miller

March 16, 2007

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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

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Andrew Miller Andrew Miller was saved from a life of drudgery in the City when his car caught fire on the way to an interview. He took this as a sign and fled to Pakistan where he witnessed England's historic victory in the twilight at Karachi (or thought he did, at any rate - it was too dark to tell). He then joined Wisden Online in 2001, and soon graduated from put-upon photocopier to a writer with a penchant for comment and cricket on the subcontinent. In addition to Pakistan, he has covered England tours in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the World Cup in the Caribbean in 2007
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