Cricketers confident as they head to Argentina

An upbeat national cricket squad left Grand Cayman Sunday, 19 February, for the ICC World Cricket League Qualifier in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

“It’s been a good preparation so far, so I feel confident the guys are ready for the tournament and we’re going to put our best foot forward,” said newly-appointed captain, Ramon Sealy.

He told that they expect a hard-fought three-match 50-over series against the hosts but he was confident that Cayman would emerge the winner and gain promotion to ICC World Cricket League Division 5.

Ramon Sealy

“We know Argentina is going to be a tough opponent. We’re not looking past them…we just have to play one game at a time and hopefully we can win all three.”

Cayman Cricket’s technical director, Peter Anderson, was clear about his goals for the side. “Three-nil. Not to disrespect the opposition. We just have to go out there and stick to our plan. I expect us to do well.”

He said the squad has had a solid week of practice to end local preparation and will also have two sessions in the South American country before the series begins Wednesday.

Rain is on the forecast for Buenos Aires for the second half of the week, so a strong start would be in Cayman’s favour. Sealy is among those in the side with experience in the conditions there.

“Some of us have been to Argentina before, so we know the pitches,” he said, noting that they plan to use that experience to help the newcomers to adjust and get comfortable.

“We have to get them to settle down, bat a bit and just apply themselves because we know we have the talent but we have to put the fundamentals in place and getting the job done in the game,” the skipper told

Meantime, Argentina is looking forward to their role as host. “We are very excited with this opportunity. The squad has trained really hard over the last few months and we are prepared to give our 100 percent,” said Argentina captain, Martin Siri.

The Cayman Islands squad: Ramon Sealy (captain), Chris Palmer (vice-captain), Corey Cato, Alessandro Morris, Kervin Ebanks, Zachary McLaughlin, Conroy Wright, Neil Coley, Paul Chin, Jalon Linton, Ryan Bovell, Deno McInnis, Darren Cato, and Kevon Bazil.

In addition to Anderson, coach Robin Patterson and team manager Rob Cox have made the trip. A handful of supporters have also flown to Buenos Aires.

Pictured above (L-R): Robin Patterson (coach), Ramon Sealy (capt.), Paul Chin, Kervin Ebanks, Alessandro Morris, Chris Palmer, Kevon Bazil, Neil Coley, Zachary McLaughlin, Darren Cato, Corey Cato, Conroy Wright, Deno McInnis, Peter Anderson (technical director), Rob Cox (team manager). Missing from photo: Jalon Linton.

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