Bermuda June 20, 2010

Dwayne Leverock set for international return

Dwayne Leverock, the burly left-arm spinner that flew to fame during the 2007 World Cup, has come out of international retirement to join Bermuda's squad for the Intercontinental Shield game against UAE next month.

Dwayne Leverock, the burly left-arm spinner that flew to fame during the 2007 World Cup, has come out of international retirement to join Bermuda's squad for the Intercontinental Shield game against UAE next month.

Leverock, 38, became an one of the few positive icons from a maligned tournament in the Caribbean when he hurled his generous frame at slip to take a stunning one-handed catch and dismiss Indian batsman Robin Uthappa.

After Bermuda failed to qualify for the 2011 World Cup in Asia during qualifiers in South Africa last year, Leverock announced his international retirement but stayed within the game by captaining club side Southampton Rangers. Now he is a surprise inclusion in the 25-strong squad that Bermuda national coach David Moore says he wants to form the basis of his team for the next year.

"He's made himself available," said Moore. "He approached me about being involved. He told me that he was interested in being part of the programme and that's where we are at the moment. We'll just see how he goes, how he trains, and so on, but it's good to have him back in the squad, although the competition is quite stiff from the likes of Rodney Trott and Joshua Gilbert."

The squad will be trimmed to 15 players for the four-day Intercontinental Shield match against UAE which starts on July 5.

Sahil Dutta is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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