High expectations for our national team
Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is once again the destination for the world cricket league challenge group A round 2, to be held from March 14 to March 25. The Danes with a below strength team finished a respectable mid table in the first round of the tournament but will be looking for a much-improved standing this time around. The Danish side welcomes back both Mads Henriksen and Anders Bulow to the side after both missed the first tournament due to various reasons. Both Mads and Anders will no doubt strengthen the side with to their all-round qualities. Wahab Hashmi unfortunately broke his elbow and will be sorely missed with his outstanding keeping and busy batting at the back end of the innings.
The Danes will also greatly benefit from the fact that Anders, Nicolaj, Jonas and Oliver have been playing out in Australia and New Zealand for most of the southern Hemisphere summer. Anique Uddin and Freddie Klokker both travelled out to Perth earlier than the rest of the squad to also get themselves more game time and preparation leading up to the tournament.
Preparation has been very good for the build up with visits from specialist coaches, a camp to Desert springs in Spain and clear game plans on areas we need to improve and work on as a group, diligently worked on throughout the last few months of practice. All the players work ethic has been outstanding and the boys now are more than ready to get there tour underway which starts in Perth, Australia Sunday 8th of March, where 2 practice days and 3 matches will be played before the group heads to Kuala Lumpur.
The first game of the tournament proper sees the Danish side play against the dangerous Qatar whom the Danes had a great victory against last time around. So, fingers crossed good omens there. I am extremely confident if our batting clicks we will have a very strong tournament performance wise as our bowling unit is getting better and better, lead fantastically well by none other than Mr economy, Nicolaj Damgaard, who has been the Danes best and most consistent bowler over the last few years since his transformation from Left arm seam bowling, to Left arm orthodox spin.
Our expectations for the world cricket league challenge group A would be we win a minimum of 3 games out of 5. I am very pleased with our preparations barring no games however we have 4 players who have been in Australian and New Zealand for most of the Southern Hemisphere summer and no doubt have made significant improvements in their individual games.
We are definitely a stronger side than the previous tournament, so expectations are therefore higher.
John Mooney og Nigel Jones var med i weekenden for at skabe inspiration og energi. Rob Francis der er vores fysiske træner. Keith Dabengwa assisterede også. Alle under kyndig ledelse af Jeremy Bray.