Minors quits after Twenty20 snub
Dean Minors has pulled the plug on his illustrious cricket career.
The 42-year-old wicketkeeper/batsman has decided best to hang up his cricket gear and channel some of his energy elsewhere.
Minors was surprisingly overlooked for selection to Bermuda’s ICC World Twenty20 squad earlier this week and his snub sent shock waves throughout the local cricket community given he had been favoured to retain his place in the team.
The CedarBridge Academy teacher had been lured out of international retirement by Bermuda Cricket Board (BCB) to bolster a depleted national team ahead of last July’s Americas Division One Twenty20 Tournament in Florida which also served as a regional World Twenty20 qualifier.
“The Board asked me to come out of retirement because a lot of other players could not make it and of course I made myself available,” Minors said. “Any time my country needs me I have always been willing to be there.”
Minors also agreed to make himself available for the MCC’s Tour of the Island last autumn as well as for next month’s ICC World Twenty20 global qualifiers in United Arab Emirates.
But even though the former St George’s Cup Match star made himself available, he said it made it perfectly clear to the Board that he could not commit fully to training due to work commitments from the outset.
“I explained to them that my first priority and commitment would be to my work commitments,” Minors said. “And after giving the national team 20-years of services and then on top of that come out of retirement to assist I thought I would’ve been given a bit more flexibility.
“In the last few weeks leading up to the tournament I was even trying to work overtime to allow myself to train extra so there was a lot of manoeuvring on my part to make time and make myself available because of the importance of this tour. But of course it was not meant to be and I just wish the team the best of luck in Dubai.”
In order to be considered for team selection Minors said players had to attend at least 80 percent of the scheduled training sessions and have represented Bermuda during last year’s Americas Division One Twenty20 and MCC Tour.
Earlier this week national squad reject Dennico Hollis expressed his disappointment over being overlooked for selection despite boasting one of the best training attendance records. The Bailey’s Bay all-rounder also took part in the senior national team’s international commitment in Florida last summer.
“I really feel for Dennico because I thought he had an absolute perfect attendance record,” Minors said. “This whole thing with Dennico, who basically committed himself to training and toured Florida with the squad last year, is just weird.”
As for his decision to hang up his cricket gear, Minors said: “After the team (Bermuda’s World Twenty20 squad) was announced something came over me and I just thought it was time to retire. I can’t go on forever and I think it’s time for wicketkeepers like Jason (Anderson) and Jekon (Edness) to step up.”
With his playing days behind him, Minors is now contemplating umpiring in the middle.
“The suggestion came from Clay (Smith); he was saying why not consider umpiring because of the shortage of umpires,” Minors said. “I just want to help raise the standard (of cricket) and if I can do that through umpiring then I am more than willing to stand in the middle and do what I have to do.”