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Skipper Outerbridge doubtful for T20 qualifiers

Bermuda skipper Stephen Outerbridge is doubtful for November's World Twenty20 Qualifiers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), The Royal Gazette understands.

It is understood the Bailey's Bay player may miss the upcoming tournament through work commitments.

Bermuda Cricket Board (BCB) president Lloyd Fray could not confirm Outerbridge's availability yesterday amid claims that veteran all-rounder Janeiro Tucker has been appointed captain for November's tournament in Dubai.

Meanwhile, it is believed that former captain Irving Romaine is a late addition to Bermuda's training squad while Bay teammate Rodney Trott has been absent from training.

The BCB announced a training squad of 36 players last month which will eventually be trimmed down to 14.

Bermuda will be among the 16 ICC Associates vying for the six World Twenty20 up for grabs in the Middle East.

Bermuda have been pitted in Group B which also includes Scotland, Denmark, Holland, Afghanistan, Kenya, Nepal and Papua New Guinea. Group A consists of Ireland, Canada, UAE, Namibia, Hong Kong, Uganda, USA and Italy,

The senior national squad will play warm up matches against Italy and Canada before taking on Scotland in their opening World Twenty20 qualifying match on November 15.

The top team from each group will automatically advance to next year's World Twenty20 in Bangladesh while the second placed team from Group A will play the third from Group B and vice versa with the winners progressing to the World Twenty20.

The losers will play the winners of matches involving the fourth and fifth placed teams from both groups to determine the fifth and sixth Associate side to join the ten Test nations for the World Twenty20.

Bermuda advanced to November's World Twenty20 Qualifiers after finishing runners-up at the ICC America Division T20 Championship in Florida in March.

All-rounder Tucker was chosen as the tournament's most valuable player after claiming the most wickets (13) along with teammate Malachi Jones, scoring the second highest amount of runs (304) and taking the most catches (seven).

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Published September 23, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated September 23, 2013 at 12:12 am)

Skipper Outerbridge doubtful for T20 qualifiers

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