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Dubai will ‘suit us fine’

Bermuda skipper Janeiro Tucker believes the players' familiarity with the surroundings will hold the local side in good stead when they travel to Dubai next month.

With the final round of World Cup Qualifiers on the horizon, the BCB announced the squad that will represent the country in their quest to reach their first T20 World Cup. Many of those in the squad are no strangers to Dubai, having travelled there several times in the past four years for qualifiers, something Tucker believes can be to their advantage.

“The thing that can potentially be an added bonus for us is the fact that we have been to Dubai for tournaments previously and know the conditions and wickets and so forth,” said Tucker after the squad was announced on Monday.

“The temperature is almost the same as here in Bermuda, and the wickets we are familiar with as well as our surroundings, so it is really a matter of making subtle adjustments to our plans and taking it from there. No one knows what will happen when we get there, we can only prepare as best we can and get ready for the matches when they come, but the key is harmony and camaraderie within the team.”

One surprise is the return of veteran wicketkeeper/batsman Kwame Tucker, who will add a bit of steel to a lower order that has traditionally struggled in Dubai. Also raising eyebrows was the selection of Kamal Bashir, a youngster who showed promise in the recently completed season for Willow Cuts.

While some household names have been left out in favour those who have shown dedication and commitment during training, Tucker is optimistic the squad can pull off a few surprise results.

Another key to their success, tucker feels, could be the fact that they will have a couple warm-up matches before getting on with the task at hand, something that hasn't happened on prior outings to the United Arab Emirates.

“Kwame give us an extra bat that is used to putting his head down lower down in the order because we have previously had to rely on the early order and if it wasn't them to get runs we would struggle,” said Tucker who is standing in as captain for the unavailable Stephen Outerbridge.

“The team have all-rounders and specialists so if we need to get runs or build a partnership lower in the order then we can certainly do that.

“One person I am happy to see in the side is Kamal because he has worked hard during the season and has been attending training and shown dedication and belief in his abilities.

“The coaches have put the team through a rigorous workout plan and we will be ready, the good thing is that we are going over this time and having a few practice matches before our games rather then going right into competition as we have done previously.”

Janeiro Tucker believes that playing in Dubai could be an advantage for Bermuda.

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Published October 16, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated October 15, 2013 at 5:38 pm)

Dubai will ‘suit us fine’

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