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Kyle Coetzer's 'shock' and MBE honour in Queen's Birthday list

Kyle Coetzer drives one on the up Getty Images

Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer has been awarded an MBE for services to cricket in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Coetzer, 35, has played 52 ODIs and 48 T20Is alongside scoring 4404 runs in his first-class career and more than 5000 in List A cricket. He is Scotland's all-time leading run-scorer and made their first World Cup century, against Bangladesh, in 2015.

He led the team to their historic ODI victory over England in Edinburgh last year.

"It's very special and a huge honour to be awarded an MBE," he said. "It's not something you ever consider, and it was a huge shock to hear the news. A special thank you to my family, friends and colleagues who have played a huge part in supporting me in my cricketing journey.

"Huge credit must also go to all my amazing team-mates, coaches and back room staff who have helped guide and shape me towards this special award. I couldn't have done it without every one of you."

Tony Brian, the chairman of Cricket Scotland, said: "This is a richly deserved award for one of Scotland's best and most iconic cricketers in the 250 years of the sport.

"Kyle has been an inspirational player and captain who has led the men's team through its most successful period ever including the never to be forgotten win against England in June 2018."