Cayman Islands Men and Women prepare for Big Competitions
Fri, Feb 17, 2012 1:58 AM
Both the mens and womens teams of the Cayman Islands have been at different stages of preparations for upcoming events this last week. Both teams practice at the same facility and often on the same nights as the men put the finishing touches to their WCL Division 5 preparations and the women look towards the ICC Americas Womens Twenty20 Championship in late April.
The men set off for Singapore earlier this week with a real determination to reverse the fortunes of themselves and the Regions teams by gaining promotion back to Division 4. Coach Frankie Hinds said he felt there had been a real shift in the mindset of his team after the disappointment of Italy two years ago. Players have placed a greater emphasis on fitness and fielding as well as a far more disciplined practice ethic. The selectors even made the difficult choice to leave a player out because of a failure to embrace the fitness side of things, this was seen to be setting the ground rules for Cayman Islands cricket in the future. They were also visited by ICC Americas Performance Officer Andy Pick who himself commented on the difference in attitude at practice. “Guys are now batting in the nets the way they want to bat in the middle and the bowlers bowl with game intensity discipline, the squad looks in good shape”
Captain Abali Hoillet also admitted that he personally was under prepared in Italy and that the results there convinced him it was time for a change of mindset amongst him and his players. There is a real air of confidence in the group which can only be built on the knowledge that as a group they have prepared well.
As for the ladies, they are looking towards April knowing that they face a tough task competing with the likes of Canada and the USA, but are looking forward to the challenge. The competition is seen as another landmark in the ongoing development of womens cricket in the Cayman Islands. Director of Cricket, Theo Cuffy explained that the players are learning the very basics of the game but are happy that this is the start of a process that will see womens cricket thrive.