Bermuda worried over Sachin offering a catch!

Published: Sunday, March 11, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Montego Bay (Jamaica):Bermuda skipper Irwine Romaine is 'bit worried' because he is not sure whether his all rounder Lionel Cann will accept Sachin Tendulkar's catch if by chance the Indian star batsman happens to offer it to him during their Group B World Cup league match on March 19.

''Lionel Cann is a huge fan of Sachin Tendulkar and the Indian team. He has named his kid India. I hope Tendulkar does not hit a catch to him because he may drop it to see him bat,'' Romaine told reporters here.

The Bermuda skipper also informed that the population of his country is only 60,000 (sixty thousand only) which will not even fill the Eden Gardens stadium in Kolkata.

''But it is a great privilege for us to be a part of the World Cup,'' Romine said, adding ''It is good that we qualified for this mega event through ICC Intercontinental qualifying tournament.'' He praised the role of coach Gul Logie, saying the former West Indies player has helped them a lot in preparing mentally in all respect.

''Whether facing the cameras or playing, Logie has been a great help. It is because of him that we have the confidence to face the best in the World in this game,''he said.

He was very candid to admit that his team has a very very long journey to travel before ''we can hope to leave our footprints on the Games' international arena.'' The Bermuda skipper said cricket in his country is mostly played by the expatriates from England, India and Sri Lanka, who are into the hotel business.

''We have a good league because these expatriates play in it but when it comes to picking the National squad we have barely 30 to 35 players to pick from because the foreigners cannot be part of the National side.''

Asked how his team has prepared for the World Cup, Romaine said ''We wanted a warm-up match to be played in Bermuda but the ICC did not find the pitches good enough there. So every time we have to play we have to travel. And it is not easy.''

When asked why, unlike professionals, players like Leverock were overweight, the skipper's answer was simple--''Remember we are amateurs. We work through the week and then maybe on Saturdays or Sundays, we play from 4 to 6 pm. Dwayne is a policeman, I'm a teacher. He is more concerned about finding criminals.

''You can't expect him to work out and have six-packs and stuff. He has been working as a professional only in the last one month. You cannot expect him to reduce much weight in such a short period,'' the captain explained.

For the records, left arm spinner Dwayne Leverock, a policeman by profession, snapped up two wickets against Zimbabwe and an impressive three wickets against England, including having star batsman Kevin Pietersen stumped.


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