Anderson OUT of Scotland's World Cup defence?
By Phil Lanning 09/10/2020
GARY ANDERSON is almost certainly OUT of the Scotland team to defend the BetVictor World Cup of Darts early next month.
The two-time World Champion told Darts World earlier this week that he would not be travelling to Europe under any circumstances until Covid-19 has cleared.
With the teams being announced early next week, it is unlikely that Anderson will line-up with Peter Wright to try and retain the title they won beating Republic of Ireland in last year’s final.
Unless he produces a huge travel U-turn, Ando will not travel and it will probably mean a fairytale story of John Henderson stepping up into the Scotland team for his national debut in Graz on November 6-8.
Unlike Anderson, Hendo competed in the recent Autumn Series in Europe so will take his place despite being Diabetic and in the vulnerable category for coronavirus.
Anderson told Darts World earlier this week: “It’s black and white. The way I look at it, the more you travel, taxis, trains, airports, I don’t care if anyone says they are the cleanest places on earth. Bull.
“I don’t even agree with coming here, but we come here, we get tested, wait 24 hours, get the result, all clear and play. Everyone’s the same.
“I’m not going to be travelling. If the World Championship was moved abroad, so be it, I’m not going. It’s as simple as that.
“I’m a great believer in that’s the rule that’s being put in front of us. Because we are sportspersons we get to travel. It doesn’t make any sense to me. We’re still people, we’re still travelling. It doesn’t make any difference to me. I’ll not be going.”
Scotland finally ended their World Cup hoodoo in Hamburg in June 2019, beating the Republic 3-1 in the final.
Prior to that it had been a mixed bag of two final defeats to England and Netherlands but also shocker upsets at the hands of Spain, Singapore, Northern Ireland and South Africa.
Wright has also stated that he was desperate to win the World Championship and World Cup in the same year.
He said earlier this year: “Winning the World Cup was very special to me. To do that for the Scottish fans will always be one of the biggest highlights of my career.
“Up until winning the World Championship, it was my biggest moment. It was top of my list to try and retain it with Gary.
“I felt we would be the strongest pair again and if we both played to our ability, we could win it for another year.
“It’s always a tough tournament because you get so many surprise pairs who pop up and play really well together. Like Republic of Ireland last year, Steve Lennon and William O Connor were outstanding.”
But with the Flying Scotsman remaining grounded, it will be a romantic and popular call-up for legend Henderson.
He has received the most sensational walk-ons in the history of the Premier League in Aberdeen as a Contender over the past two years. The fans will love him getting a chance to play for his country in Graz.