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White drafted into Bermuda U19 squad

Standby player William White is a late replacement in the Bermuda cricket squad for this weekend’s trip to Canada for ICC Americas Under-19 World Cup qualifying matches.

White, who toured Florida last year with the Under-18s for a triangular tournament involving the US and Canada and was one of six standby players, comes in to replace batsman Azende Furbert who has withdrawn because of academic commitments.

The BCB National Academy Under-19 squad have been taking part in a week-long pre-tour preparation clinic supported by the XL Foundation and coach Irving Romaine and specialist bowling coach Lorenzo Tucker are using this week’s clinic to prepare the players for the tournament which runs from July 8 to 14 in Toronto, Canada. The winner of this tournament will compete in the ICC Under-19 World Cup in UAE next February.

"The pre-tour preparation clinic has been designed to simulate tournament conditions two days of hard work, rest day, which involved swimming and recovery, and then back to two days of full cricket training,” explained Romaine of the clinic.

“During the week players are working hard on fielding drills, match scenarios and mental toughness preparation. There is also a fitness component which involves training at Horseshoe Bay sand dunes. The team is gelling well especially now that the overseas players have joined the squad."

Another component of the programme is the life-skill development, which Romaine explained involved the Mirrors programme.

"The team took part in a session conducted by Mirrors which focused on team building, mental strength development and setting achievable targets,” said Romaine. “The players discussed the role of the coach, player and spectator and explored how they related and acted towards those individuals.

“The session had a strong focus on goal setting which got the players thinking about setting achievable and measurable goals both on the field and in their personal lives. Mirrors will follow-up with the players over the next few months to ensure they are maintaining their goals."

Said Lloyd Fray, President of the Bermuda Cricket Board: "On behalf of the Board I would like to thank the XL Foundation for their continued support of our National Academy and Mirrors who provide an important personal life-skill development component to our academy.

“The BCB National Academy Programme has been designed to provide elite young cricketers of Bermuda the opportunity to develop life skills and cricket skills, knowledge and understanding to enhance their performance and provide opportunities for them to play at a first class or International level. I wish this team success as they attempt to qualify for the ICC U19 World Cup."

Bermuda’s qualification bid will begin with a match on Monday against the United States before taking on the hosts on Tuesday. Each team will play each other twice in a round robin, 50-over league. All matches will be at Maple Leaf Cricket Club in King City. Bermuda umpire Stephen Douglas is one of the three umpires for the tournament, along with Harry Grewal and Arnold Maddela.

Next week’s schedule

Monday: USA v Bermuda

Tuesday: Bermuda v Canada

Wednesday: Canada v USA

Thursday: Bermuda v USA

Friday: Canada v Bermuda

Saturday: USA v Canada

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Published July 04, 2013 at 5:18 pm (Updated July 04, 2013 at 5:17 pm)

White drafted into Bermuda U19 squad

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