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Opinion: Bermuda’s ageing team…..

The ages of the Bermudan players who have done something in their recent ODIs this year are given below. This is interesting, because Bermuda seems to the the worst when it comes to an ageing team. Canada ofcourse fields some pretty old players as well, but many of their star performers are very young. Bermuda dont have that luxury, except for O Brien, who has had discipline problems and is also currently injured.

O Brien, 22
Mukaddem, 34
Leverock, 35
Tucker, 31
Durham, 35
Minors, 36
Cann, 34
Romaine, 34
Hurdle, 30
Smith, 35 

The average age is 32.6. Taking O Brien alone out would make this 33.7. I am not sure how many of them are going to be around in the next 3 years to take advantage of the ICC HPP program, or to improve their skills. Bermuda’s age level teams havent shown anything to be looking forward to. And the country has already taken the game to every living person on the island.

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  1. Roland Ilube
    October 12, 2006 at 2:54 am

    Nasir,

    I understand your point (I think), but what do you think the the cricket administrators in Bermuda should be doing that they are not doing?

  2. October 12, 2006 at 3:54 am

    Roland,

    I am just making a point that perhaps it is over optimistic to expect anything from Bermuda, even in the coming years, despite them being in HPP program and being the richest board with $11 mil in the pocket…..

    They are likely to stay at the same level they are at right now (and have been since 1979), and other teams will probably overtake them in years to come……..

    Also, they look likely to be the team that will lose out on their elite status in the next ICC trophy…… both UAE and Namibia will be pushing very hard at any two of Holland, Bermuda or Kenya……. Ireland, Scotland I think will be safe….. Canada is stronger than Bermuda, but I cant tell their standing vis a viz Canada, which I will be able to in the next couple of months…..

  3. Roland Ilube
    October 12, 2006 at 4:33 am

    Indeed,

    I watched some cricket in Bermuda in the early nineties and a number of the names that you mentioned featured even then, people like Clay Smith and Dean Minors – and I see that Ryan Steede is in the squad again, he must be another 30something – and I agree that it is generally not a good sign for the progress of a team when little or no new blood is coming in.

    In light of the recent addition of David Hemp into their fold, do you think it is likely that they will increasingly go for the import route, especially given their relative wealth, rather than trying to develop home-grown talent from what is and always will be a very limited cricketing population in terms of pure numbers

  4. October 12, 2006 at 6:19 am

    Roland,

    No, I dont think Bermuda is going the import route…. David Hemp is an anomaly that they will feature because obviously they cannot improve drastically within 2 years till the world cup, and they would like to have a strong showing over there….. I dont think they would go for 3-4 imports like Canada for e.g……. they do have their local talent development methods which are better than many associate countries….. for e.g. they have given cricket scholarships to british and australian universities to about 4 of their youngsters, including Stefen Kelly…… additionally, they are increasing touring the WI more and more with their age level teams etc…… so they are developing local talent……..

    But I am afraid …… and this is just a hunch…. that none of that is going to be enough……. their talent pool is just too small …… you can give the best facilities to a hundred people, but that does not mean that they will be able to compete with the powerhouses who have all more than a million cricketers………

    Now…. it IS possible for Bermuda to have a strong team, by chance……. but I dont think it is possible for them to raise their standard too much based on the current talent pool size……. Please note that there is a difference between the two things I have said……… I guess, we will just have to see what Bermuda can do with the current investment etc., and then just hope that the 3-4 super talents come along…… but Bermuda may not be able to sustain their elite status till that time, in which case it will be back to square 1……

    Regarding the imports…… I think there may be a time when despite working very hard, they just think that they cant do it with their numbers (they are after all nowhere in other global sports), and they MAY decide to go to import way…………. but so far so good, at least in this regard……

  5. Ram
    October 12, 2006 at 3:18 pm

    Is it worth spending USD 500,000 over 4 years on a country so low on talent (quality) and playing numbers (quantity) when there are countries like Afghanistan and Nepal who can do wonders with such amounts but unfortunately are not getting anything significant from the ICC?…One hopes for the betterment of the sport that Bermuda (along with Cayman Is) re-unites with WI, thereby making way for a more promising country like Namibia, Afghanistan or Nepal to benefit from the ICC’s HPP…Even if that weren’t the case, I don’t think it should be long (hopefully by 2009!) before they lose out to the other Associates in the race to make it to the WC….

  6. Nishadh Rego
    October 12, 2006 at 5:13 pm

    Unlike Canada, at least these people are all Bermudans! Where do you get the fact that they are “low on talent?” They have proved that they are a decent side, and must be given a chance. Even a country with 10,000 – 15,000 active cricketers can be a force if they have the right facilities, opportunities, and exposure.

  7. October 12, 2006 at 7:24 pm

    I meant low in terms of the size of the talent pool……

    Actually, they are low on talent per se as well…… I doubt that Irving Romaine is as talented as Steve Tikolo ……. Its not like they have people with immense raw talent like Ambrose, Viv Richards, Richardson and Winston Benjamin in their sides…….. Antigua (which produced all 4 of these players) was is also an island of 60K people……. but if you look at it, they never produced 4 players of that that calibre together ever before, or ever after the late 80s………..

    Rego….. you are right that a country with 10-15K active cricketers CAN be a force……. but Bermuda has total men between the age of 15-35 numbering 10K…… ALL of them cant be cricketers……. so you are looking at a maximum possible number of 5-6K cricketers AT BEST…..

  8. Nishadh Rego
    October 12, 2006 at 11:26 pm

    Oh ok wasnt sure of the numbers..yeah out of a total of 4-5k…i guess test status would be asking tooo much with a player base like that..well then they just have to improve everything else to the best of their capabilities and see where it gets them. If they’ve come this far already..surely there’s something in it for them.

  9. October 12, 2006 at 11:41 pm

    I doubt that Rego……. as I said, they are nowhere in any other sport either…… they are probably so high in cricket not because they are exceptionally good, but because the rest are exceptionally bad……… that plus the fact that they probably are NOT stronger than UAE or Namibia at the momment either, but were lucky……

  10. October 14, 2006 at 12:04 am

    Well well…… O Brien’s contract has been terminated now, and with the addition of David Hemp, Bermuda’s average age is 34……. I think that would probably be the oldest team in the World Cup 2007………. well, at least they wont be able to blame things on the lack of experience 🙂 or young blooded thinking 🙂

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