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Bermuda set for Canada test

Canada will make a reciprocal tour to Bermuda next weekend to help the national team prepare for the upcoming ICC World Cricket League Division Four Tournament in Los Angeles.

Canada, who hosted Bermuda last month, will arrive on the island on Wednesday to play three matches against Bermuda on October 21, 23 and 24. The first and final matches will be at the National Sports Centre and the second game at Sea Breeze Oval.

“We're working hard to give our squad every opportunity to excel in the upcoming tournament,” Lloyd Fray, the president of the Bermuda Cricket Board, said. “I am pleased that we are able to continue to work well with Cricket Canada on a bilateral basis to provide quality international cricket.

“I know that the squad members and coaching staff have been training exceptionally hard and the players will be eager to get more tough international matches under their belt.

“I encourage all of Bermuda to come out and support our team particularly as the BCB has made admission free.”

Bermuda will compete in Los Angeles from October 27 to November 5, taking a squad of 14 players.

They completed a four-match tour of Canada in early September when Terryn Fray led the team in the absence of captain OJ Pitcher, who was recovering from a knee injury.

Pitcher is back training with the squad and ready to captain Bermuda for the first time.

Canada, who will also have a new captain in all-rounder Nitish Kumar, will bring 15 players to Bermuda.

They are presently in Los Angeles preparing for their three 50-over match series with the United States for the KA Auty Cup, which was last played in 2013. The matches started on Thursday and will continue today and Sunday.

The 22-year-old Kumar takes over from Rizwan Cheema, who has retired from international cricket. Kumar first played for Canada as a 14-year-old, and has captaincy experience at junior level, having led Canada's Under-15 and Under-19 teams.

In addition to playing first-class cricket for MCCU Loughborough, Kumar was contracted to the St Lucia Zouks in the Caribbean Premier League this year.

The Auty Cup matches will also serve as preparation for the US ahead of the Division Four tournament.

The Auty Cup had originally been slated for the weekend of October 22 and 23, but the two countries agreed to bring the matches forward so the US can have an extra week to get ready.

The Division Four tournament will feature Bermuda, US, Denmark, Italy, Jersey and Oman, with the top two teams in the round-robin tournament being promoted to Division Three.

“Canada certainly have some very talented players,” Pubudu Dassanayake, the US coach, said.

“This Auty Cup will be a very good test for our team. We are looking forward to the challenge.”

All the matches between Bermuda and Canada will be 50 overs starting at 10am.

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Published October 14, 2016 at 9:00 am (Updated October 13, 2016 at 9:52 pm)

Bermuda set for Canada test

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