Stovell: Bermuda hoping to showcase talent
Making their first T20 World Cup Qualifier appearance in six years, Bermuda will be banking on their string of experienced players to recreate some of their notable performances from the past decade.
Bermuda at number 30 are one of the lowest-ranked teams in the Qualifier — only, Nigeria, at 37, who are at the tournament at the expense of the suspended Zimbabwe, are placed worse. Since 2010, Bermuda have dropped to Division Five of the ICC World Cricket League.
A number of Bermuda veterans have earned a spot in the squad — the list includes 44-year-old Janeiro Tucker, their first one-day international captain, and Malachi Jones, who also played in the 2007 World Cup as a teenager.
Lined up alongside them will be some of their most exciting young talents, including 22-year-old Delray Rawlins, who plays county cricket for Sussex in England, one of their most recognisable faces.
Dion Stovell, the Bermuda captain, believes that the tournament could be a stepping stone in reviving Bermuda cricket.
“We are here to showcase our talent,” he said in the pre-tournament press conference in Dubai.
“As for Bermuda cricket, I guess we are in the next stage of the qualifiers, so to say. There are 13 teams joining us here and we are looking to compete well against them and move Bermuda cricket forward.”
Stovell was speaking alongside the six other pool A captains, Shem Ngoche of Kenya, Merwe Erasmus of Namibia, Pieter Seelar of the Netherlands, Shem Ngoche of Kenya, Assad Vala of Papua New Guinea, Amjad Mahboob of Singapore and Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer during a press conference held at the Dubai International Stadium.
Ahead of the tournament starting on Friday, Bermuda will play in two warm-up matches against teams in pool B, Hong Kong and Nigeria, leading up to their first qualifying match against Papua New Guinea on Saturday.
Further matches for Bermuda will then follow against Singapore on Sunday, Kenya next Monday and Namibia next Tuesday. Matches five and six will be against Scotland and the Netherlands, the top-rated teams in the group, at Dubai International Stadium and televised live.
The play-offs for teams who finish in the top four in each group will begin on October 29.
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