In what will be a major blow to Bermuda’s chances in ICC WCL Division 4 in Malaysia in 2018, star all-rounder Delray Rawlins has ruled himself out from representing his birth country due to scheduling conflict with his commitments in Australia and England.
Bermuda will be competing in the Americas World T20 sub-regional qualifiers in Argentina in February and the World Cricket League Division Four Tournament in Malaysia in late April, during which Rawlins will be completing his stint in Australia and preparing to start the new English County season, where he is regular starting XI member of Sussex.
Rawlins has made it clear that his intentions are to qualify for England and play for them in the future.
Bermuda Cricket Board’s new president Lloyd Smith said “We’re so proud that you’re doing well down there in Australia, as one of the eight players selected by the England Cricket Board on their International Pathway placement. The Bermuda Cricket Board is proud of you and we are keeping an eye on you, hoping that you succeed and go as far as you can go in your professional career.
“I want to make it clear that the Bermuda Cricket Board is completely behind Delray in his professional career, and behind him in any way possible in helping him fulfil his dream.”
Rawlins echoed the same thoughts “As Mr Smith said, the timing of both tours are not ideal for myself, the main reason why I probably won’t be involved in any of them. But any chance you get to play for your country is quite special.
“I just want to say thank you to the Bermuda public, the Bermuda Cricket Board and everyone who has supported me. I feel the love when I’m overseas and I just want to continue to make my family proud as well as everyone here at the cricket board.”