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Douglas back with national squad

Star batsman Chris Douglas has rejoined the senior national cricket squad,

The Royal Gazette can reveal.

The Willow Cuts player trained last week with the squad who are due to take part in a training exercise in Barbados next month.

Douglas was originally named last September in a squad of 43 players currently preparing for the upcoming Americas Division 1 Twenty20 and World Cricket League (WCL) Division 3 tournaments.

Prior to his return, Douglas had not been involved with the senior programme since being omitted in July, 2011 in the lead-up to the Americas Division 1 Twenty20 tournament in Florida.

In an interview with this newspaper, outgoing national coach David Moore said the player was given the boot for “not sticking to tour standards”.

Douglas, who was a member of Somerset’s victorious Cup Match team last summer, smashed a boundary-filled half-century (69) against hosts Canada on his senior national team debut playing in the Scotiabank Series Cup at Maple Leaf Cricket Club in Toronto in 2008. He also struck a courageous 53 against Chris Gayle’s West Indies during the same 50-over triangular tournament.

Douglas is the son of Eastern Counties president and top umpire Steven Douglas and nephew of BCB second -vice president Allan Douglas.

Meanwhile, other high profile players back out training with the senior national team are veteran Lionel Cann and Malachi Jones.

Cann, who is player/coach at First Division Warwick, had been excused from training because of personal reasons while Jones is back from a shoulder injury he suffered in a bike accident.

The senior national squad, who are currently training as many as five times weekly, are due to travel to Barbados for a training camp in mid-February.

It’s expected that the BCB will reduce the current training squad in the near future and shed more light on the training camp ahead of March’s Americas Division 1 Twenty20 tournament in Florida.

Bermuda will host the ICC WCL Division 3 tournament in April.

Chris Douglas has rejoined the senior national cricket squad

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Published January 14, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated January 13, 2013 at 8:32 pm)

Douglas back with national squad

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