Gibraltar aim to climb ladder
Mon, Oct 18, 2010 10:59 AM
Gibraltar had a disappointing event at the WCL Division 7 in 2009
Gibraltar will be hoping to climb back up the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League ladder when it plays in the Division 8 tournament in Kuwait next month.
Having been relegated from Division 7 in 2009, it will join Germany, Suriname, Vanuatu, Bhutan, Zambia, the Bahamas and hosts Kuwait in the inaugural event.
Gibraltar heads into the tournament looking for a positive result after an indifferent run of results, having finished last at the ICC European WCL Division 2 event, failing to win a game.
Its most consistent player, 24-year-old batsman Mark Bacarese was one of the positives and he is thoroughly looking forward to Kuwait for the tournament.
Every team prepares differently for a global tournament of this size and it is evident to see that Gibraltar is viewing this as one of great importance.
"We are currently really focused on our preparations with a little under than a month to go and we can't wait to get to Kuwait to take place in what is with no doubt Gibraltar's biggest and most significant tournament to date. Apart from the obvious standard in competition one of the biggest challenges teams will face I think will be acclimatising with the conditions" said Bacarese.
The conditions in Kuwait are obviously far different to Europe and the team's preparations have included some rigorous training to improve fitness.
"The team has been working very hard with one of the local gyms personal trainer who comes from a military background. Needless to say we have been put through their paces in some long strenuous and hard yet rewarding military style training. We have also been working quite hard with the cricket skills and tactics" said Bacarese.
Personally for the Gibraltarian, he can't wait to get back onto the field after his European WCL Division 2 tournament was cut short due to injury.
"For a start I would like to play all the matches in this tournament this time round! It was quite frustrating feeling in such great nick and getting injured on my third game in the Euros. I am confident that had I not been injured maybe one or two of the games I was sidelined for would have gone our way. I am looking to score as many runs, wickets and field well and contribute in any way I possibly can. Having never played cricket outside Europe I can't wait to learn and test my abilities in the Asian continent" said Bacarese.
Bacarese has been in the set-up of Gibraltarian cricket for some time, but is still only 24-years-old, although his passion and focus for cricket has not changed.
"My ambitions as a player remain pretty simple, to start fulfilling my talent once and for all and keep pushing Gibraltar cricket as far up the rankings as I can. I would like to see Gibraltar remain in WCL for as long as possible"said Bacarese.
Bacarese and the team are looking for positive performances and regain their spot in ICC WCL Division 7.
"Hopefully all our hard work pays off for us with a solid performance in Kuwait to ensure that Gibraltar has a good tournament and does the Europe region proud!" added Bacarese.