Cayman Islands squad competing in Bahamas

A Cayman Islands ‘A’ cricket team is presently touring the Bahamas to play a goodwill series of three one-day matches.

According to a release, discussions during a recent trip to Mexico a couple of months ago led to the Cayman Islands and Ba-hamas cricket associations deciding to begin a series of goodwill tours.

‘This venture has created an ideal opportunity for the CICA to enhance its development programme allowing a group of aspiring cricketers systems where their progress will be fine tuned in competitive situations,’ said national cricket coach Theo Cuffy.

‘Far too often our youngsters are not afforded sufficient opportunities at home due in particular to small numbers and sud-denly find themselves in the senior team,’ he said.

‘More of our youngsters will be exposed outside of their comfort zone to better understand the levels nec-essary for success on the cricket field,’ said coach Cuffy.

‘Playing against various types of opposition away from home will prepare our players mentally to face the challenge on the world stage,’ he added.

With world cup playoffs beginning next year as world cup 2011 draws nearer, CICA planning will give each individual the chance to make the senior team and to perform creditably.

‘As a result, this squad is made up with a cross section of our players from established seniors to youths from the under 19 team,’ said coach Cuffy.

‘Most importantly, the squad completes the na-tional planning process as follows – under 13, under 15, under 19, Cayman A and seniors,’ he added.

Squad: Franklin Hinds (captain), Abali Hoilett (vice captain), Alessandro Morris, Michael Jackson, Ricardo Roach, Deno McInnis, Keneil Irving, Marlon Bryan, Matthew Rose, Oscar Owen, Jalon Linton, Omar Willis, Kevin Bazil, Marc Chin. Management: Andy Myles (coach), Stephen Best (manager), Theo Cuffy (technical director).