Jersey sets its goals for WCL Div 5 in Nepal
Mon, Jan 18, 2010 3:08 PM
Jersey captain Ryan Driver has expressed his enthusiasm over his squad which is heading to Nepal for the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 5 due next month.
In an interview with Jersey Evening Post, he said: 'It's a nicely-balanced squad of youth and experience and many of the players have played in previous tournaments while the younger ones have competed in various age group categories."
Jersey will play the hosts in its opening match in the tournament on 20 February and Driver dismissed all concerns going into the opening match against Nepal.
"We've been told to expect a crowd of up to 10,000 for the Nepal game, so it is going to be a fantastic experience and after that hopefully the games will be a little easier. But the pressure will be on them I'm sure. It really doesn't matter who we play and in what order because we have to play all the teams."
On playing conditions, he said: 'We faced really tough conditions in Tanzania and we also have the India leg of the trip first, but I think conditions will be slightly easier in Nepal. I don't think any of the squad have played cricket before in Asia and we are all looking forward to going there to play. There are some strong countries in the tournament and it must be remembered that we have beaten some of them already. However, we know it will not be a walk in the park and we will respect every team we play."
'Our aim is to finish in the top two and win promotion. If we fail to do that we will look to remain in the division and if we can't achieve that then it will be a really big disappointment," he added.