ICC World Cup qualifiers March 12, 2009

Romaine confident about Bermuda's chances

Cricinfo staff

Bermuda captain Irving Romaine has said that his team has a "realistic chance" of making it to the 2011 World Cup. Bermuda played in the 2007 tournament in West Indies and are preparing for the World Cup Qualifiers, which begin on April 1 in South Africa.

"I give us a very realistic chance to make it to the World Cup," Romaine said. "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. We have good players who will be firing [on] all cylinders."

The squad's batting line-up includes Christopher Douglas, Stephen Outerbridge, Fiqre Crockwell and Lionel Cann while the bowling attack has the experience of left-arm spinner Dwayne Leverock, Rodney Trott, Delyone Borden and the pace of George O'Brien jnr.

Bermuda, who are coached by former West Indies batsman Gus Logie, had a training camp in the Caribbean where they won eight out of ten matches against teams from Trinidad, St Lucia and Grenada. Bermuda will hope to carry that form into the World Cup Qualifiers because Romaine knows that qualifying for the main event will boost the game in his country.

"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 TV. So if we qualified I think it would make the nation's support of cricket even stronger."

Squad: Irving Romaine (capt), 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.