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Pearson Best, the 44-year-old batsman, will lead a new-look Cayman Islands team in the ICC Americas Division One tournament to be played in Florida from November 24 to December 1.
Best replaces Ryan Bovell, who has led the Caymans since 2004, in what their coach, Theo Cuffy, said was a “change of direction”. "He [Best] is a transitional leader who will bring to the front our next couple of guys to take over in the not-too distant future."
The Barbados-born Best has been the Cayman Islands' best batsman since they began playing in ICC competitions from 2000. He has hit one century, 116 not out against Argentina in 2006, and three half-centuries.
Meanwhile, player availability issues mean eight new faces will be blooded in Florida. In the squad are a pair of twins, who could become a commentator's nightmare. Both are allrounders, although Kevin Bazil bowls medium-pacers and Kevon Bazil offspinners. It's not known if they are identical.
Cayman Islands: Pearson Best (capt), Kevin Bazil, Kevon Bazil, Ryan Bovell, Marlon Bryan, Kervin Ebanks. Steve Gordon (vice-capt), Ainsley Hall, Alessandro Morris, Ricardo Roach, Ramon Sealy, Troy Taylor, Michael Wight, Omar Willis. Coach - Theo Cuffy.
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Sub-editor (stats) After graduating in Economics from St Xavier's College, Mathew Varghese did a journalism course before joining Cricinfo. Born and brought up in Bombay, Mathew thought hailing from the same city as Sachin Tendulkar would automatically make him inherit some of the genius. Sadly, besides a low grip on the bat handle, he acquired nothing else. He still dreams of being the perfect cricketer - a Bradmanesque batsman who can blend aggression with dour defence; a bowler who can perform the roles of McGrath, Lee and Warne; a fielder in the Jonty class; and a captain-cum-coach with an unprecedented record.