ICC Media Release
With success comes expectation and with expectation comes pressure. After qualifying for the last ICC Cricket World Cup in the West Indies, the Bermuda team knows nothing short of the same will satisfy the cricket-mad inhabitants of that beautiful island nation.
Captain Irving Romaine and coach Gus Logie have been putting the side through its paces on a pre-event training camp around the Caribbean which has seen the squad come away with eight wins out of 10 against sides from Trinidad, St Lucia and Grenada. But the real test is still ahead.
The side is full of exciting talent with Christopher Douglas, Stephen Outerbridge, Fiqre Crockwell and Lionel Cann all leading from the front when it comes to batting.
Meanwhile, the bowling line-up still features the familiar face of slow left-armer Dwayne Leverock and the 37-year-old leads an attack that includes the likes of fellow spinners, Rodney Trott and Delyone Borden as well as the fiery George O'Brien Jnr.
Romaine has no qualms about stating his objective for the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier, which gets underway on 1 April, and he clearly believes his side will be lining out with the best teams in the world come 2011.
'I give us a very realistic chance for us to make it to the World Cup,' said the skipper. 'We've played lots of the teams and beaten them before but it's going to be a hard tournament and if we play to the best of our abilities and remain consistent we should qualify,' he said.
'My expectations for the tournament are for Bermuda to play hard and qualify for the World Cup. We have good players who will be firing all cylinders.'
The right-handed, hard-hitting batsman believes victory and qualification will bring an even bigger following to the game in Bermuda.
'It would be amazing and if we were to qualify for the World Cup it would mean a lot for cricket here in Bermuda. Qualifying for another World Cup would make cricket even stronger.
'Over the past few years since we played in the previous World Cup, interest in the game has increased and a lot of young people are getting involved as they've seen us on the TV so if we qualified I think it would make the nation's support of cricket even stronger.'
Bermuda (squad): Irving Romaine (captain), David Hemp, Christopher Douglas, Fiqre Crockwell, Lionel Cann, Stephen Outerbridge, Jekon Edness, Janeiro Tucker, Glenn Smith-Blakeney, Dwayne Leverock, Rodney Trott, Tamauri Tucker, Stefan Kelly, Kyle Hodsoll, George O'Brien.