Foursome sweating on Caribbean call-up
Four of Bermuda's cricketers will have to wait a little bit longer to see if they have earned a spot with a Caribbean Premier League team.
Onias Bascome, Christian Burgess, Tre Manders and Delray Rawlins all spent last week in Barbados at an ICC Americas training camp alongside players from the United States and Canada.
Tom Evans, the ICC Americas coach, said that he would wait until after the World Cricket League Division Two tournament in Namibia next month before making his final decision.
Canada are playing in the competition, and Satsimranjit Dhindsa, Nikhil Dutta and Nitish Kumar, all of whom were in Barbados, have been named in the Canada squad.
Evans also wants to get feedback from coaches at the West Indies High Performance Centre before naming the six players that will each be assigned to one of the CPL franchises for the training camps held ahead of the tournament.
“I could probably name the six right now, but I wanted to see if some of the younger players from Canada stood up and dominated in the [Division Two] tournament,” Evans said. “Ideally we'd pick the six from the structure that we have put in place, but it's about doing our due diligence. I expect that the six we select will come from the camp that we held here.”
The 12 players that were part of the ICC Americas set-up last week varied in ages, but Evans said that would have little bearing when it came to making his selection. Ability will be just part of the criteria that coaches look at.
“I'm pretty open-minded when it comes to selecting the players, we really want to pick the best six,” he said. “That's not just in terms of ability, but also those we feel can succeed in that environment, can mix with the group, can enjoy themselves.
“At the end of the day, what they do will reflect on the programme, and we want to show the region that we have players that are worth looking at in terms of selection.”
The ICC players will be joined at their CPL training camps by four members of the West Indies under-19 set-up, the five players will then compete for a contract with the CPL for the 2015 season.
Evans is hoping that this becomes an annual occurrence, providing greater opportunities for the better players in the Americas region to play at a higher level.
“We want this programme to progress, to provide individual opportunities on a regular basis,” Evans said. “I'd like it to be an annual process, where we select the better [Americas region] players from the international events that year and bring them to a camp in November/December. I want us to have a well-rounded player development programme.”
n Sri Lanka trio Mahela Jayawardene, Tilakaratne Dilshan and Lasith Malinga have all signed up to play in the CPL in June.
The three will join Jacques Kallis, the South Africa all-rounder, and a host of other international cricketers in the CPL draft which is scheduled to take place early next year.
“I've loved playing cricket in the West Indies throughout my career so I am really looking forward to having the opportunity to take part in the CPL in 2015,” “Jayawardene said.