BCB respond to Royal Gazette stories
In response to recent reports regarding Stephen Outerbridge and the captaincy of the national cricket team that will travel to Dubai for the Twenty/20 World Cup Qualifiers, the Bermuda Cricket Board released the following statement yesterday:
“Further to a series of misleading reports in The Royal Gazette regarding the captaincy of the Bermuda national senior squad, BCB president Lloyd Fray noted ‘I am, as are the BCB Executive, gravely disappointed with the recent reports in The Royal Gazette regarding the captaincy of our national squad. Claims that the Board removed Stephen from captaincy by a text message are complete nonsense. Nothing could be further from the truth. The facts on this matter are quite clear and transparent.
“The BCB has a selection committee that will meet with the national coach to recommend a 15-player squad to the Executive.
• This committee will meet, after the final trial games and practises, on October 7.
• The recommendation of the squad will be discussed by the Executive leading to subsequent approval including confirmation of the appointment of the captain no later than October 11.
• The squad leaves on Friday, October 18 for a three-match series against USA returning to Bermuda on October 21
• The squad leaves Bermuda for Dubai on November 8 for the ICC tournament.
‘I am shocked that the BCB, Stephen Outerbridge and Janeiro Tucker have had to endure this reckless and unbalanced reporting. I trust that the all stakeholders of cricket will see through this shameful and baseless attack on our national squad members at a time when they are working extremely hard to get ready for a major international event.'
“Stephen Outerbridge stated: ‘The reporting from one of Bermuda's leading newspapers was totally inaccurate. The truth is that I have informed the president, CEO and national coach that I am unable to participate in the upcoming series due to personal commitments.' ”