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Mystery surrounds Minors’ omission

Dean Minors’ glaring omission from Bermuda’s ICC World Twenty20 qualifying squad remains cloaked in mystery.

The veteran wicketkeeper/batsman has been left out of Bermuda’s 14-man squad that will compete in next month’s qualifiers in Dubai.

Bermuda Cricket Board (BCB) did not respond to e-mailed questions concerning team selection by press time last night.

But it is understood that the veteran cricketer might have been overlooked for selection because of a poor attendance record in training.

It is understood that in order to be considered for team selection players were required to attend at least 80 percent of the scheduled national team training sessions, a standard Minors reportedly was unable to reach due to work commitments.

However, it is believed that the CedarBridge Academy schoolteacher had informed the BCB from the outset that his training would be periodically interrupted due to heavy work commitments.

Last July Minors earned praise for unselfishly coming out of international retirement to bolster Bermuda’s chances of ICC World Twenty20 qualification at regional qualifiers in Florida.

He eventually agreed to make himself available for next month’s commitment in Dubai. Minors also committed himself to national duty during the MCC’s Tour of the Island last fall after a number of key players became unavailable for various reasons.

Taking over wicketkeeping duties from Minors is Jason Anderson who fulfilled the role at last year’s ICC World Cricket League Division Two Tournament in Dubai.

Bermuda’s World Twenty20 qualifying squad will again be led by former English county player David Hemp whose captaincy has come scrutiny lately.

Only two of the 16 ICC Associate/Affiliate countries competing in Dubai will qualify for September’s World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.

Bermuda have been pitted in Group A along with Afghanistan, Netherlands, Canada, Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong and Denmark.

The Island will kick off their qualifying campaign against the Danes on March 13 at the ICC Global Cricket Academy Oval.

Commenting on the make-up of the squad in a BCB press release, national coach David Moore said Bermuda’s team “provides a good balance for the challenges and nuances of the Twenty20 game”.

“The squad selected provides a wide number of bowling options while still allowing a strong batting group,” he added. “All players have been committed to the task of improving fitness and skill during the training period.

“The programme is coming together so that the player’s fitness and skill will be peaking at the right time for the tournament.

“It is now up to all players to take the opportunity that they have been given to perform at the highest Associate level and give the team the best possible opportunity to qualify for the World T20 to be held in Sri Lanka later this year.”

Moore noted that there are some players on the team nursing injuries like veteran all -rounder Janeiro Tucker (hamstring). But he is “confident” that all of his players will be one hundred percent fit for the upcoming tournament.

“Although there are a couple of lingering injuries that will be monitored by the support staff we are confident that we will have a fully fit squad for the tournament,” he added.

ICC World Twenty20 qualifiers take place from March 13-24 in Dubai, with the senior national squad due to depart March 9.

Bermuda: David Hemp (capt), Jason Anderson, Lionel Cann, Fiqre Crockwell, Terryn Fray, Joshua Gilbert, Stefan Kelly, Kamau Leverock, Stephen Outerbridge, Justin Pitcher, Samuel Robinson, Dion Stovell, Janeiro Tucker, Rodney Trott.

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Published February 14, 2012 at 1:00 am (Updated February 14, 2012 at 6:29 am)

Mystery surrounds Minors’ omission

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