Bermuda have been hit by the shock retirement of batsman Chris Douglas after an apparent falling out with the national coach David Moore according to the Royal Gazette newspaper.

Douglas, a 21-year-old left hander, reportedly told Moore on Friday that he was leaving the international game and the newspaper suggests there had been signs of a clash between him and the coach for some time.

Moore, an Australian who was a former coach of West Indies, had a strong fitness ethic which Douglas doesn't appear to have accepted as part of the game. Douglas's departure is a blow for Bermuda who are set to tour Dubai at the end of the year followed by World Cricket League Division 2 in April. The WCL event has grown in importance because the top two teams will take part in the expanded eight-team ICC Intercontinental Cup next year.

However, it isn't the first time Douglas has struggled to adapt to the demands of professional sport. Earlier this year he was left out of Bermuda's squad to play in the ICC America's tournament only to appear in club cricket three days later.

Douglas showed his potential two years ago when he hit 53 against West Indies in King City during the Scotiabank Series - an attack featuring Kemar Roach, Jerome Taylor and Daren Powell - having made 69 on his debut against Canada.