Concern over cricketers playing football
Bermuda interim national coach Arnold Manders has expressed concern that several of the Island's key cricketers are continuing to risk injury by playing football.
Manders has strongly suggested that his players refrain from turning out for their domestic teams as they prepare for next month's ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers in Dubai.
It appears Manders' words of warning have fallen on deaf ears, though, with influential trio Janeiro Tucker, Dion Stovell and Malachi Jones all playing in the Premier Division at the weekend.
Veteran batsman Tucker, who is rumoured to be in contention to captain Bermuda in the UAE, scored in Southampton Rangers' 2-2 draw against Devonshire Cougars at Devonshire Rec., in a game also featuring his team-mate Stovell.
Pace bowler Jones was also on target for his new side PHC who lost 3-1 to Dandy Town at Southampton Oval.
Manders told The Royal Gazette yesterday that he couldn't stop his players from playing football but would be taking a sterner stance once the T20 squad had been announced.
“I don't want (the cricketers) to play football. I've suggested that they don't play but I can't stop them,” he said.
“If they continue to train and play competitive matches then they risk injury at any moment. That would leave us having to rebuild and change the team around.
“However, once the squad has been announced for the tournament they will not be allowed to play football.”
Meanwhile, Rodney Trott is understood to have ruled himself out of selection for the T20 Qualifiers with the all-rounder opting to take a break from international cricket.
Bermuda Cricket Board announced a training squad of 36 players in August that is expected be trimmed down to 14 for the Qualifiers.
Bermuda have been pitted against Scotland, Denmark, Holland, Afghanistan, Kenya, Nepal and Papua New Guinea in Group B.
Group A includes Ireland, Canada, UAE, Namibia, Hong Kong, Uganda, USA and Italy, with the top three teams from each group qualifying for the 2014 World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.
Bermuda finished runners-up at the ICC America Division T20 Championship in Florida in March to advance to the Qualifiers.
Manders' squad will play warm-up matches against Italy and Canada before taking on Scotland in their opening Twenty20 qualifier on November 15
Bermuda's T20 schedule:
November 12 — Italy (friendly)
November 13 — Canada (friendly)
November 15 — Scotland
November 16 — Denmark
November 17 — Holland
November 20 — Afghanistan
November 21 — Kenya
November 23 – Nepal
November 24 — Papua New Guinea