New captain Shortis confident

Fri, Apr 29, 2011 12:42 PM

New captain Shortis confident
Norway's new captain, Dan Shortis is excited about the team he will be leading at next week's Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 7 in Gaborone and is looking forward to a packed week of cricket.

The top order batsman said: "It's been a lot of fun preparing for this tournament and working with the team. They're a great bunch of guys and there are plenty of leader types within the squad which makes it easy to motivate them as a team. They've all be working really hard on their fitness and preparation so in that regards I don't have to do too much.

"We've got a professional coach which has also been a great help when stepping into the captaincy, so all I've had to do is make sure we set good team goals, roles and responsibilities and make sure we play together as a unit."

Shortis also believes the conditions of Botswana will suit the Norwegian side: "We also play on synthetic pitches here in Norway so that's always a positive as we know what type of conditions to expect in the sense, along with the fact the temperature won't be too hot for us to be playing. I think it's going to be really fun playing in a different country and its going to be something we embrace as a side. We will be focusing on our individual roles and our cricket but at the same time it's a great opportunity for us to be playing cricket in somewhere like Botswana."

"We've played a few of the sides before that are involved in the tournament but we've made an effort to research the others that we'll be facing and looking to see where we can do well. We've also looked back on where we've gone wrong against the side's we have faced and looked to improve and make sure we don't make the same mistakes again,"said Shortis.

Finally the captain said there were a few players in the squad that followers of the tournament should keep an eye out for including Shahid Ahmed amongst others in the side: "I think someone like Shahid is exceptionally talented – he was one of our highest run scorers' back in 2007 and he's got the experience and talent to do well in this tournament.

"Shabbaz Butt is improving all the time and is in great form and I think will be extremely competitive in this event with both the bat and the ball while my vice-captain Iram Dawood who is our first change bowler is extremely determined and well-prepared for the event."

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