Skipper Sealy motivated by critics

Cayman Islands national cricket team departs for 2018 ICC Americas T20 qualifiers. Team Manager Ricardo Roach and Head Coach Peter Anderson are to the right.

The Cayman Islands national cricket team left Friday, 23 February, for their ICC Americas T20 qualifiers eager to prove their doubters wrong and advance to the next stage of the competition.

A year ago, they swept Argentina in a three-match 50-over series and advanced to the ICC World Cricket League Division 5 tournament, where they then lost all their matches against the likes of Qatar, Guernsey, Italy, Germany and Ghana.

Some critics were not shy in their opinions, but speaking to CaymanSportsBuzz.com moments before the team departed Owen Roberts International Airport, captain Ramon Sealy said the players

“We just have to learn from our mistakes. It was disappointing, especially not getting the support or just some of the critics coming back to us but we can use that as motivation for us to show them that what happened in South Africa was a one-off,” said Sealy, who is on his third tour of duty in charge.

CaymanSportsBuzz.com editor Ben Meade speaks with Ramon Sealy 

The Cayman Islands plays Argentina and Bermuda twice, starting Monday, 26 February against the hosts before meeting Bermuda for the first time two days later. The top two teams move on to the next round of qualifying. The three sides will also play 50-over contests.

There is one change to the squad that was recently announced, with wicket keeper and opening batsman Chad Hauptfleisch coming in for all-rounder Paul Manning, who was unable to make the trip. Hauptfleisch will travel a day later.

Cayman Cricket president Abali Hoilett was on hand to see the players off.

The full squad is: Ramon Sealy (captain), Alessandro Morris (vice-captain), Kevon Bazil, Corey Cato, Darren Cato, Ainsley Hall, Chad Hauptfleisch, Alistair Ifill, Michael Reid, Gregory Smith, Troy Taylor, Omar Willis, Adrian Wright and Conroy Wright.

Meet the squad

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