Leverock: I haven't stopped smiling yet
Kamau Leverock 'hasn't stopped smiling' since being told he'd been selected for the Bermuda tour to Dubai at the end of this month.
Leverock, who wasn't originally chosen for the 15-man squad, was drafted in as a late replacement for Terryn Fray who pulled out due to family reasons.
And the PHC all-rounder has vowed to make the most of his opportunity, while still keeping one eye on his main task this winter which is to help the Bermuda Under-19s through their regional World Cup qualifying tournament in Florida in February.
The teenager has battled back from a hip flexor injury and is expected to get his first start for the senior team against the UAE in one of the five games that Bermuda will play during a punishing seven-day schedule.
“I'm looking forward to getting the experience of playing against high opposition, and I hope I do get the chance to play,” said Leverock.
“It's a very good opportunity and hopefully I can make the most of it. It came as a bit of a surprise when I found out, I couldn't stop smiling, it was good to know that I had been selected to go.”
Leverock has spent much of the past couple of months recovering from a hip flexor injury he sustained playing football, but he is now fully fit, and pulling double-duty most days.
The under-19s have been in a training camp with David Moore this week during the day, while the senior team have practice in the evenings.
“I was injured for the most part of winter training, but I've recovered from it, so I should be healthy for the tour,” said Leverock. “My main goal over the winter was to help the Under-19s qualify for the (World Cup global qualifiers) in July.
“This (the tour to Dubai) should help me get more match practice.”
Realistically the chances of Leverock making the final senior squad for the Division Two qualifiers in April in Dubaui are slim, it's probably a season too early.
However, there is no denying that he is a talented cricketer and has the potential to be one of Bermuda's best in years to come, and players who have come in and worked hard in the past year have all been given further opportunities to prove themselves.
Kevin Tucker was on the fringes of the squad at the start of the summer, but a mistake by Jordan DeSilva gave him a chance, and he grabbed it with both hands. Similarly, Kyle Hodsoll was given a chance in Canada, and will be going to Dubai alongside Leverock.
At the moment though. Moore is keen for Leverock to use this as a chance to get a feel for how the national team operates, and what is expected of the squad while they are on tour. Anything else is a bonus.
“It's more of an opportunity for him (Leverock) to get a feel for the national set-up,” said Moore. “He'll be able to learn how the senior team works, the expectations that surround it.
“But it's not only an opportunity for him at the senior level, it also gives him a hit before our all important Under-19 qualifiers in February in Florida.”