20 February 2019
Calum Macleod celebrates against England. Photograph: Cricket Scotland
Calum Macleod, Scotland’s finest batsman, has bagged the International Cricket Council’s prestigious Associate Cricketer of the Year award for 2018.
The Glasgow-born cricketer rose to fame globally when he smashed a match-winning century, 140 runs from just 96 balls (not out) against world number one ranked one-day international (ODI) team, England at the Grange, Edinburgh in June 2018.
He became the first Scottish cricketer to score a century against England. His innings was ranked second among the ODI innings of the year by Wisden Cricket.
Earlier in March 2018, the 30-year old batsman scored a brilliant century against Afghanistan, 157 runs off 146 balls seeing his side home safely after chasing a par score of 256 in the World Cup Qualifiers.
He currently has the best conversion rate to fifties among players with more than 10 fifty-plus scores in ODI cricket internationally.
He is also the only player among the ICC’s associate teams to have more than one 150-plus score, three in total.
Grant Bradburn, Scotland’s former head coach who was with the team during the World Cup Qualifiers and the game against England said: “With two quite brilliant winning innings in 2018, Calum winning the ICC Associate Cricketer of the Year [is] well deserved!”
According to Cricket Scotland, the ICC Voting Academy was unanimous in awarding the title, with Macleod receiving the second highest number of votes across all the individual categories.
Speaking to Cricket Scotland, Macleod said: “It is a huge honour to win the ICC Associate Player of the Year award. It has been a really special year for me personally. I thank the ICC, Cricket Scotland, my teammates, and all the fans for making it a year I won’t forget.”
He also expressed his gratitude towards his supporters via Twitter.
After the historic victory against England, Macleod termed the win “a massive statement from Scottish Cricket” and added: “It is certainly one of the best games of cricket I have been involved in”.
In regard to his unbeaten ton, the Scottish batsman said: “The biggest thing I’ll take away from the game is how the crowd reacted. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an atmosphere like that in Scotland for cricket. It was just a wonderful day all around”.
Scotland’s game against England was adjudged the Inspirational Performance of the Year at the Scottish Sports Awards 2018 organised by the Sunday Mail and Sportscotland.
Currently the Scotland team is touring Oman for a T20 quadrangular series including Ireland, the Netherlands, and hosts, Oman.
Speaking to Cricket Scotland regarding the tour of Oman, Macleod said: “We just hope that we continue on the path we were on last year, in playing that aggressive style of cricket that we want to be known.”