Bermuda to tour Barbados without new skipper
Bermuda skipper Stephen Outerbridge has been ruled out of this month’s tour of Barbados,
The Royal Gazette has learned. Outerbridge is unable to travel to the Caribbean with his fellow teammates because of work commitments, according to reliable sources. The Bailey’s Bay stalwart succeeded David Hemp as Bermuda captain after the latter stepped down from the post last September. Senior squad member Janeiro Tucker is reportedly among those being touted as a potential replacement for Outerbridge for the training exercise in Barbados. Tucker was in charge of Bermuda’s team that beat USA to qualify for the 2007 ICC World Cup at the 2005 ICC Trophy in Ireland in the absence of injured captain Clay Smith. Bermuda’s senior national cricket team is due to depart for the Caribbean Island February 14 and return seven days later. It is understood squad members will play in a series of 50 over and Twenty/20 matches against local opposition during the brief stay as part preparation for the upcoming Americas Division 1 Twenty/20 and ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Division 3 tournaments. Prior to their departure for Barbados, the Island’s senior national cricketers will take part in a four-day training camp to be conducted by ICC Americas High Performance Officer Andy Pick and ICC Americas coaching consultant Chris Brown. Brown, who is also a specialist spin bowling coach and former first class cricketer, will be reunited with national cricketer Joshua Gilbert who he worked with last summer at the Norfolk Cricket Academy in the UK during his visit to the Island. Gilbert, who plays locally for Somerset, attended the Academy where Brown serves as head coach on a Government scholarship. Bermuda Cricket Board (BCB) announced a squad of 32 local players and 11 overseas players last September in preparation for upcoming international commitments. The Island’s senior national squad are due to compete in the Americas Division 1 Twenty20 Championship in Florida March 17-26 where they will come up against the likes of USA, Cayman Islands, Suriname and the eventual winner of the ICC Americas Division 2 Championship to be held February 4-10. The winner and the runner-up in Florida will progress to November’s ICC World Twenty20 global qualifier in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) involving teams from the other four ICC Associate and Affiliate development regions. Canada won the previous Americas Division 1 Twenty20 Championship held in July 2011 while USA and Bermuda secured the two available global qualifying spots up for grabs after placing second and third respectively. The Canadians are not back to the defend their title this year and according to an ICC press release have been granted automatic entry to November’s ICC World Twenty20 global qualifier in UAE — as was the case in 2011. Canada will be involved in Intercontinental Cup and World Cricket League Championship fixtures against Kenya and UAE at the same the ICC Americas Division 1 Twenty20 Championship takes place. Following March’s commitment in Florida, Bermuda will host the ICC WCL Division 3 tournament from April 29 to May 5. The six-nation tournament will feature Oman, Uganda, USA, Nepal, Italy and hosts Bermuda with the eventual top two teams advancing to the ICC World Cup qualifiers in 2014, from which the top two will compete in the ICC World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand.