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Tucker is charge for T20 qualifiers

Janeiro Tucker will lead Bermuda's charge for qualification to next year's T20 World Cup in Bangladesh when the side travel to Dubai next month, as reported by The Royal Gazette more than two weeks ago.

The official announcement was made at a press conference yesterday when the full squad was revealed.

With Stephen Outerbridge out of the tournament, Bermuda Cricket Board (BCB) selectors gave veteran all-rounder Tucker the role of guiding a side that is mixed with youth and experience.

Included in the squad are seasoned players Lionel Cann, former captain David Hemp and Kwame Tucker who will return to the international stage.

“It's an honour to have the opportunity to lead the Bermuda team at the World Cup Qualifiers next month,” said Tucker.

“I've been working on my game and my fitness and am confident that the appointment of captaincy will enhance my desire and hopefully my playing performance next month.

“I'm also confident that the group of players that we have will gel together well and represent Bermuda with passion an pride. It will be a dream come true if we can replicate the success of 2005 when we qualified in the 50-over format of the game.”

Complementing the experience is youth and enthusiasm as Allan Douglas Jr, Derrick Brangman, and Kamal Bashir will all be given a chance to impress in their first qualifying tour.

“I'm very happy with the work the squad has been doing under the guidance of national coach Arnold Manders and his coaching staff,” said BCB president Lloyd Fray.

“The attendance and effort of the players is very good and I'm encouraged to see some new faces in the squad . . . many of the top domestic performers on the MVP list are featured in our training group and I'm confident that 100 percent will be given to the cause.

“I expect that national pride will be an asset in a very difficult competition.”

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 T20 in Bangladesh.

Bermuda finished runners-up at the ICC America Division T20 Championship in Florida in March to advance to the Qualifiers.

Tuckers' squad will play warm-up matches against Italy and Canada before taking on Scotland in their opening Twenty20 qualifier on November 15.

The squad will also be competing in an international series of three matches against USA next weekend as part of the detailed preparation that the BCB have prepared.

Allan Douglas Jr and Kamau Leverock won't be available for this weekend's tour, leaving Brian Hall to join the ranks and have a chance to impress when the team leave on Friday.

Squad: Janeiro Tucker (captain), Dion Stovell, Kwame Tucker, Christian Burgess, David Hemp, Terryn Fray, Tre Manders, Chris Douglas, Allan Douglas Jr, Jacobi Robinson, Derrick Brangman, Lionel Cann, Malachi Jones, Kamau Leverock, Kamal Bashir

Standby players: Brian Hall, Macai Simmons, Delray Rawlins, Onias Bascome, Temiko Wilson

Bermuda's 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

Janeiro Tucker

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Published October 15, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated October 15, 2013 at 9:07 am)

Tucker is charge for T20 qualifiers

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