Hamilton explains Blain exit

ICC World Twenty20 2009

Gavin Hamilton

Gavin Hamilton revealed his vision of the way forward for Scotland's bowlers did not find favour with John Blain

Gavin Hamilton claimed he had no choice but to accept his friend John Blain’s decision to walk out of Scotland’s World Twenty20 squad.

Hamilton and his players pushed England hard in their opening warm-up match at Trent Bridge, which the hosts eventually won by six wickets with an over to spare.

Afterwards, Scotland captain Hamilton revealed the reasons for his “fall-out” with his Blain, who was replaced in the squad by Calum MacLeod yesterday.

“Blainy made a strong decision - one that has probably been brewing for a few months now,” said Hamilton, who spelled out his thoughts in tough terms to his team after defeat against Bangladesh at Wormsley on Saturday.

“Cricket is going forward at such a rate of knots, and we’ve got to improve. If we don’t keep moving we’re going to be left so far behind. That was what the team talk was about.

“I’ve been pushing and pushing for our bowlers to keep mixing it up. That’s what you’ve got to do in this form of the game, otherwise they’re just going to line you up and take advantage of you.”

John Blain

Blain will play no part in the World Twenty after taking exception to Hamilton's "aggressive" approach

Hamilton’s vision of the future found favour with all members of his squad, with the exception of veteran seamer Blain.

“Blainy disagreed, and disagreed in the way I went about it,” he recalled. “I am quite aggressive in the way I go about things, but I think that is something that is needed, and every other person has responded absolutely superbly except Blainy.

“He took me aside in the hotel and said he was going home, and I certainly didn’t stand in his way.”

“I set my stall out as captain, saying, ‘This is how it’s going to be, guys. We need a direction, and this is what it is. You’re either in it or you’re not’.

“I don’t care who it is who comes in and starts trying to change that team ethos; I’m not going to stand in his way (from leaving) - because, otherwise, it’s going to be detrimental to the way we want to go.

“It’s no secret he’s a very good friend of mine. We’ve still got to discuss this, but I’m not prepared to discuss it with him during this ‘World Cup’. I’ve got enough on my plate.

“We’ve got 14 guys who I think are very much behind me, and the John Blain thing will be dealt with after. We’ve obviously fallen out, and that will be resolved later.”

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