Jon Coates,The Scotsman
Andy Lawson, who worked at the World Cup as a consultant to axed Scotland coach Peter Drinnen, has thrown his hat into the ring as a potential successor.
The South African said he was "devastated" by his friend's departure from the top job, confirmed by Cricket Scotland on Friday. But, as an ambitious coach, he said he would welcome the chance to run a national team. Earlier this year he applied for the Ireland head coach's job, but lost out to former West Indies all-rounder Phil Simmons after making a three-man shortlist.
Lawson, 40, a left-handed batsman who played 62 first-class matches in South Africa, spent the 2003-04 season as head coach of North West before the number of provinces was cut from 11 to six. He subsequently moved to Scotland and took up a job with the Highland Sports Trust, based in Aberfeldy.
"Any coach would want to keep moving up a level and I would like the chance to work in international cricket," Lawson, who was Scotland's assistant coach and video analyst over the winter, told The Scotsman. "If the job came up and was offered to me, I would definitely consider it.
"I think Peter has done a great job, a superb job, and I'm amazed this has happened in the middle of a season. He was making changes and it's not easy to keep the team together when you are doing that."
The job will be shared on a caretaker basis until after the World Twenty20 in South Africa, when CS will undergo a review of its high-performance program. Other contenders to lead the team from next year include Dougie Brown, Andy Tennant and Tony Judd.
Lawson said he was still waiting to hear whether he would travel to Ireland on Wednesday as a caretaker coach of the national team for the quadrangular series against West Indies, the Netherlands and Ireland. Originally, he and Drinnen were the two designated coaches for the trip.
Paul Hoffmann will join up with the squad in Belfast on Thursday night after missing the West Indies in Dublin game due to work commitments. The veteran seamer will almost certainly be a like-for-like replacement for Dewald Nel on Friday against the Dutch and on Sunday against the Irish. Nel will return to Worcestershire to play Pro40 cricket.
Meanwhile, Scotland will not come up against former Saltires star Rahul Dravid at the World Twenty20, nor Indian greats Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly. Dravid, the Test and one-day captain, called chairman of selectors Dilip Vengsarkar to say the three veterans were not interested in taking part.
Ryan Watson's team face the Indians on September 13 at Kingsmead in Durban, a day after taking on Pakistan.