Calum MacLeod, the Scottish great and the man responsible for one of the greatest batting performances in the history of Scottish cricket, has announced his retirement International Cricket. The 33-year-old made his International debut in 2008 and went on to play 88 ODIs and 64 T20Is for his team. He ended his career with 3026 runs at an average of 38.30 in ODIs which also includes ten centuries and 1238 runs at 23.80 in T20Is. He is the second highest scorer for Scotland and is only behind Kyle Coetzer. He also represented Scotland in four T20 World Cups and one 50-over World Cup.
Reflecting on his decision, MacLeod said: “Having announced my retirement to the team a few days ago, I’m sitting here thinking back to what inspired me in the first place and that would be the Scotland versus Australia game at the 1999 World Cup,” McLeod said in a statement released by Cricket Scotland. “I remember watching that and thinking ‘that is what I want to do’ and it lit a fire inside me to go on and do everything I could to play for Scotland.”
“So, to fast forward to now as I step back having played in five World Cups, I think if you’d told me way back then what I’d go on to achieve with my country, I wouldn’t have believed you.”
“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,” he said. “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 something that I never took for granted and it was a huge honour and a privilege. I hope I have entertained a few people along the way and, ultimately, I feel like I am leaving the team in a better place than when I started this amazing journey”, he concluded
Head coach Shane Burger said that Calum left a great legacy behind him and will be a tough void to fill, “I am Incredibly sad to see his career end particularly in the fashion it did with us bowing out of the World Cup in the first round as it would not have been how Calum would have wanted. For me personally, Calum leaves a great legacy behind him in not only the runs he scored including ten ODI hundreds, but also his desire to put in performances in the earlier part of his career when he was a bowler and had to transition into a batter. He is an incredibly talented sportsman, a fantastic fielder, a real fighter and someone who would front up when it was required.”