Four Bermuda players at ICC winter training camp
The ICC's winter training camp for the top six associates, launched last year, makes a return this year, with 24 players from the six countries taking part in a program focusing on one-day cricket skills. They will receive coaching from current Leicestershire coach Tim Boon in addition to Gary Kirsten, Kepler Wessels, Rod Marsh and others.
Four Bermudian players will be attending. In addition to national captain Irving Romaine are Kwame Tucker, Kevin Hurdle and Stefan Kelly. Kelly has only played one game this year, against Argentina, but the other three have all been an important part of Bermuda's team so far in 2006. And as a requirement for sending players to the camp was that they were set to feature in the countries world cup sqaud, we can expect to see all four in the World Cup in six months time.
Irving Romaine said: 'One of the big things for me about the Winter Training Camp will be learning about the various aspects of cricket. Of course it is important to keep learning technique with batting, bowling and fielding but there is so much more to this game than that. There are strategies to adopt at various stages of the games, how to deal with pressure situations and how to talk to the media, that kind of thing. For me it will be great to be able to learn from people who have played the game at a high level and then bring that knowledge home to pass on to my team-mates in Bermuda. During the World Cup we will be playing in stadiums that probably hold more people than our entire island so it will be very strange for us but by learning from other people's experience we will know what to expect and that will help us deal with that.'
As well as the coaching aspect of the camp, a team of these players will also play eight games against South African provincial teams. With Bermuda, the Netherlands and Canada set to play an ODI tri-series and Interconintental Cup games in South Africa in November/December, this will give those players some good experience of playing in South African conditions, as well as experience of playing more experienced opponents.