Warwickshire coming to Bim

Ashley Giles (centre) with members of the Warwickshire team.

BIRMINGHAM – Warwickshire County Club will be coming to Barbados in March next year.

The team for which former West Indies captain Brian Lara once played, as well as fellow West Indies captains Rohan Kanhai and Alvin Kallicharran before him, will be in the island as part of their pre-season preparations prior to the start of the English domestic season.

They will be spending just under two weeks in Barbados where they will play competitive cricket before travelling to Abu Dhabi to play the MCC.

Director of coaching and former England off-spinner Ashley Giles said the team was happy to be travelling to the Caribbean despite their hectic schedule.

“We have had to change things slightly which is a shame in a way, but we are pleased to be going. We were all gutted to

miss out on Abu Dhabi last year because we got so close to winning the title so it’s nice that we are going this time. It’s a great thing to be involved in as the champion county,” Giles said.

Warwickshire will be bringing their entire playing and coaching staff to Barbados before sending a smaller squad to Abu Dhabi.

“With the travelling involved it will be a busy time but that’s character-building,” Giles said.

“When you play at the highest level you have got to put up with that stuff. Anyway it will only be a couple of eight-hour flights and we will have four days out there in Abu Dhabi before we start.

“It’s good because we will be playing on grass so we will be acclimatised and when we get back we will still have 12 days before the season starts.”

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