Scotland’s star player Calum MacLeod has announced his retirement from International Cricket with immediate effect. Scotland Cricket has released a statement of MacLeod where he spoke about his decision.
“Finishing after this World Cup in Australia has been tough because we didn’t manage to achieve what we wanted to achieve, but I leave the group with a real sense of hope that, with the right backing and the right opportunities, the current team can really go far and can inspire many,” MacLeod said in a statement released by Cricket Scotland. “My career with Scotland has been filled with some real highs and a few lows, I feel extremely fortunate to have played for my country 229 times. It was a huge honor & privilege to represent my country & I feel that I am leaving the team in a better place.”
Speaking about MacLeod’s retirement, Head Coach Shane Burger said that It is sad to witness his career end in such a fashion when Scotland got knocked out right in the first round of the tournament. He further said that Calum leaves a great legacy behind him in not only the runs he has amassed not to forget his ten ODI tons but also his desire to put forward performances in the initial stage of his career when he was playing as a bowler & had made a transition into a batter. Burger further heaped praise at MacLeod by terming him an extremely talented batter, fielder & fighter. He also said that MacLeod is a player who could deliver in crunch situations when the team needs the most.
A Glimpse of Calum MacLeod’s Illustrious Career Span
MacLeod made his full International debut in 2008 & went on to play 88 ODIs & 64 T20Is, representing Scotland in four T20 World Cups & one ODI World Cup. He ended his career on a decent note amassing 3026 runs at 23.80 in T20Is. He is the second-highest run-scorer in ODIs for Scotland behind Kyle Coetzer & is fourth highest run-scorer in T20Is. His standout performance came in 2018 when he amassed an unbeaten 140 in Edinburgh to help Scotland beat England for the first time in the history of the ODI.
MacLeod was also a part of the ongoing T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia amassing 48 runs in three fixtures in the first round. Scotland started their campaign in Round 1 on a decent note by defeating West Indies but failed to qualify for the Super 12 stage as they lost their next two matches against Ireland & Zimbabwe.
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