This March will once again see six of England’s first-class counties travel to Barbados for a sun-drenched pre-season tournament. We’re speaking to players from each of the teams about their experiences of the island and looking ahead to this year’s tour.
After taking 50 wickets in 2012 for Northants across all three formats, left-arm quick David Willey will be looking to give the Steelbacks a successful start to the season by winning the Barbados Twenty20 Cup on their pre-season tour.
Given the weather in England at the moment, the sun-soaked island of Barbados must be pretty appealing as a destination for a pre-season tour?
Absolutely, all of the guys are looking forward to getting out there and playing some good competitive cricket. We all think it’s really going to benefit us.
What benefits will the tour give the squad ahead of the start of the season?
With the English weather as it is you can never guarantee getting good pre-season conditions to really prepare for the season. As a result you are always guessing if you will get any good weather to get any practice matches and outdoor training in. This competition is a great way to hit the ground running for when we come back and start the season.
Will victories against your rival counties give you the competitive edge for the start of the domestic season?
Of course, if we come back home after beating them out there in Barbados it’s going to benefit us no end and it will give us the psychological edge over them going into the start of the season.
Do you think the passion for cricket is still there for the people of the Caribbean?
Everyone knows the people of the Caribbean love their cricket; you can see that from when the West Indies are over here. We’re going to be competitive on the field and I hope that the people of Barbados want to come and see us play.
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