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National players not confined to Premier League Speight

Senior national players can play domestic cricket anywhere they choose during the upcoming season.

This according to Bermuda Cricket Board (BCB) chief executive Neil Speight who has dismissed claims that all national team cricketers must be registered with Premier clubs.

“There is no basis to these claims,” Speight told

The Royal Gazette.

Earlier this week a spokesman for Young Men’s Social Club claimed that his club were forced to release Bermuda all-rounder Rodney Trott because of a new policy requiring all national players to take part in a new-look Premier 50-Over League comprising of six teams.

“We were told that national cricketers have to play in the Super Six League (Premier Division),” said the Social Club spokesman.

But Speight said that wasn’t the case.

“Many people that I have spoken with find it hard to believe that this claim was even ever made,” he said. “It is obvious that if the BCB had such a policy it would be clearly communicated to the clubs, be the subject of a press release and be on the BCB website.”

Trott has officially been released from Young Men’s Social Club and is believed to have rejoined childhood club Bailey’s Bay.

The national team player was loaned out to Bay until the end of the 2011 cricket season after a chronic player shortage forced Social Club to withdraw from the Premier Division.

Another player Bay had targeted during the off-season was Western Stars batsman Tre Manders. However, it is understood that he has decided to remain with Stars after coming under pressure from his team-mates to do so.

Bermuda Cricket Board’s (BCB) transfer deadline expired yesterday.

Earlier this week

The Royal Gazette reported that the BCB’s new look 50-Over Premier Division had been approved by local clubs.

Local cricket’s top tier consists of defending league champions St David’s, Bailey’s Bay, Devonshire, Willow Cuts, Southampton Rangers and newly-promoted Cleveland County.

The two lowest finishers in the Premier Division at the end of the season will be relegated and replaced by the top two teams in the First Division.

A bonus points system for both leagues has yet to be established.

Premier and First Division teams will also compete in a combined 50-over knockout tournament while clubs have agreed to wear white clothing and use red balls in all limited over matches.

A proposal to reintroduce red balls came about to avoid having clubs pay extra in the current economic climate for the purchase and use of two white balls for 50-over matches as mandated by the ICC last year.

The start of the season is tentatively scheduled for the first weekend in May with a proposed T20 competition involving Premier and First Division teams.

Neil Speight

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Published March 31, 2012 at 2:00 am (Updated March 31, 2012 at 8:52 am)

National players not confined to Premier League Speight

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