The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service cricket team, after yet another successful season, embark upon their second tour in as many years.
Following on last year’s historic tour of London England, they’re now off to Barbados, a country steeped in cricketing history and talent that boasts of more international cricketers per square mile than any other cricketing nation.
They leave tomorrow and will play a series of matches in Barbados until August 7.
Captain Pearson Best said: ‘Once again, we include three young Caymanians in our touring party; Zachary McLaughlin an all-rounder on his second tour, Kervin Ebanks, a tall fast bowler on his first tour, who has the ability to generate genuine pace and was short-listed for the Stanford 20/20 Cayman team and Vincent Ebanks a medium pacer with some batting ability who has played on the Cayman Under-19 team for the past four years.
‘On tour, we hope that by rubbing shoulders with some past and current Barbadian and West Indian players, that these three aspiring cricketers will be inspired to develop their skills and maximise their talent. We hope to get Joel Garner and Desmond Haynes for some coaching.
‘Ultimately, the goal would be that through these players, the tour will act as a catalyst to move Cayman Islands cricket forward to even greater heights.
‘Last year one of our youngsters, Marlon Bryan, impressed on the tour of England and got offered a contract but it didn’t really materialise.
‘Hopefully, in Barbados we’ll play to such a high level again that will happen again. I’m looking forward to a good tour and renewing many friendships.’
Police’s opponents on tour will be the celebrated Empire Club, home of Frank Worrell, Everton Weekes, Charlie Griffith, Harold Griffith and many many more.
St Catherine’s Club, former home of Best and that of Thelston Payne is another team Police will play as well as the Barbados Police, UWI – which includes former West indies batsman Floyd Reifer – Conrad Hunte Sports Club, Isolation Club and Barbados Defence Force.
Another primary purpose of the tour is to establish connections with the Royal Barbados Police force and Defence force to create a triangular tournament that may eventually see these teams visiting Cayman for a return tournament.
Best added: ‘It’s not accidental that the tour occurs at the time that Barbados is hosting its Crop Over festival and it is a certainty, that RCIPS cricket team will partake heartily in the cultural exchanges which are sure to be numerous beyond measure, just beyond your imagination and as Bajans say: ‘sweet fuh days!’.’
He added: ‘Burger King, Walkers Road are our major sponsors who have assisted us throughout the season. They’re assisting us on this tour and we’re really grateful.’