Tennant fills the gap for now
Jon Coates,The Scotsman
Former Scotland spin bowler Andy Tennant has been given the first chance to stake a claim for Cricket Scotland's national coaching role by being asked to supervise this week's one-day international campaign in Ireland.
A 13-man Scotland squad leaves today for Dublin, with Paul Hoffmann joining up with the team after tomorrow's fixture against West Indies in place of Dewald Nel. Andy Lawson was due to travel with the team alongside Peter Drinnen, but when the Australian was relieved of his duties last Friday, CS plumped for development officers Tennant and Peter Steindl to oversee the most important week of the summer.
CS chief executive Roddy Smith said Lawson, Drinnen's right-hand man at the World Cup, would be given the chance to underline his credentials later in the summer, with Scotland's brace of Intercontinental Cup fixtures against the Netherlands and Ireland looming as the South African's likely opportunity.
"Andy Tennant and Peter Steindl will take the team this week but we are keen to continue working with Andy Lawson and he is keen to continue working with us," said Smith.
Lawson, 40, said: "I was originally meant to be going to this one but they have decided they wanted to have a change of personnel for this week. I wasn't given any real reasons but that's the way it is.
"I have been asked to coach the team in the two Intercontinental Cup games in August, so I will have to try to reshuffle things around so I can do those games."