Cayman still has chance

When national cricket coach Theo Cuffy heard about the tsunami hitting Malaysia, he was anxious not only for the people in that country — he was concerned that Cayman’s cricket might not have its last chance to compete for a spot in the 2007 Cricket World Cup. The Cayman national cricket squad is to compete in the International Cricket Council’s World Cup qualifying Division Two qualifying series in Kuala Lumpur in February.

‘I really could empathize with the people in that country especially since we are still in the process of recovery from a natural disaster ourselves. I was also worried that our last chance to qualify for the World Cup was blown,’ coach Cuffy said.

However, within two days following the tsunami, Cayman heard from the Sri Lanka Cricket Board saying everything was still on schedule.

‘This is a huge opportunity for Cayman cricket to be highlighted on the world stage. It is also our last chance to qualify for the 2007 Cricket World Cup and for some members of the team this will be their last chance to play at this level,’ the coach said.

Cuffy said that the Cayman Island Cricket Association was in the process of coming up with an aid plan for the thousands of tsunami victims.

In the meantime the national cricket team is training four days a week at the Smith Road Oval with training matches on the weekend.