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National squad players in trial matches

Senior national squad cricketers will take part in World Twenty20 Qualifying trials at the National Sports Centre (NSC) this weekend.

Those vying for a place on the Bermuda team for November's tournament in Dubai are scheduled to play in two T20 inter-squad matches tomorrow and Sunday.

It is understood that all-rounders Janeiro Tucker and Malachi Jones will captain the inter-squad teams.

It's believed that Tucker has been appointed as Bermuda's captain for the Qualifiers, although no announcement has been made by Bermuda Cricket Board.

Regular captain Stephen Outerbridge has yet to rejoin the senior national programme after taking a sabbatical from training more than two weeks ago amid claims he was informed via a text message that he was no longer captain of the Qualifying squad.

The BCB are expected to announce a squad of 15 players who will travel to Fort Lauderdale, Florida on October 18 to play USA in three T20 warm-up matches before returning on October 21.

Bermuda will have their work cut out at the Qualifiers where they have been pitted against Scotland, Denmark, Holland, Afghanistan, Kenya, Nepal and Papua New Guinea in Group B.

Group A consists of Ireland, Canada, UAE, Namibia, Hong Kong, Uganda, USA and Italy,

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

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.

The senior squad will play warm-up matches against Italy and Canada before taking on Scotland in their opening Qualifying match on November 15.

Bermuda advanced to the 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 team-mate Malachi Jones, scoring the second highest amount of runs (304) and taking the most catches (seven).

• Bermuda Cricket Board (BCB) will hold their 2013 Award Ceremony at Gosling's wine Cellar tomorrow, beginning at 7pm.

Janeiro Tucker will captain one of the teams in this weekend's trial matches.

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Published September 28, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated September 29, 2013 at 1:33 pm)

National squad players in trial matches

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