Derbyshire are set for a return to Barbados in March to follow the same pre-season formula that worked so affectively ahead of their recent title-winning campaign in English County Cricket.
The squad will travel to Barbados on March 11 and return home on March 23 after an intense period of warm weather preparation for the new season.
The trip marks the fourth consecutive year that Derbyshire have toured Barbados following successful tours in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
A combination of English and local opposition are set to take part in the schedule which will see Derbyshire contest a brace of two-day fixtures, a 40-over match and the showpiece Twenty20 tournament at Kensington Oval.
Head Coach Karl Krikken said: “Barbados is a tried and tested pre-season venue for several counties and it provides ideal preparation ahead of a challenging domestic campaign.To be guaranteed good weather and consequently time on the field is extremely important for our players at this critical time of year.
“We’ve certainly felt the benefit from previous visits and it’s telling that the 2012 trophy winners – Hampshire, Warwickshire and Derbyshire – all toured Barbados during pre-season, as did Yorkshire who won promotion from the Second Division and reached Friends Life t20 Finals Day.”Krikken added:
“It’s an intense itinerary and one that gives us the best possible chance of hitting the ground running for First Division cricket in 2013, as well as giving our supporters some meaningful cricket to follow as the season approaches.”He noted that there was plenty of interest from the English public last year, none more so than when they won a last ball thriller in the Twenty20 Plate Final versus Hampshire.”
I’m sure there’ll be more exciting cricket and more excitement to come in 2013,” Krikken said. (windiescricket)