Bermuda World Cup qualifying attempt without stalwart Malachi Jones

Bermuda is set to commence competing on Saturday in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Americas Regional Qualifier against in an attempt to qualify for the World Cup finals, to be hosted next year by the United States and the West Indies.

However one name that has been synonymous with the squad will be missing when Bermuda takes the field against favourites Canada tomorrow (Saturday, White Hill, 9.30 am), with veteran all-rounder Malachi Jones having been dropped from the team earlier this week.

Jones did not go quietly, as after initially posting a mild response, which indicated his retirement from international cricket, on X-formerly twitter which read “And just like that the book is officially closed ….Thanks for the journey @Cricket Bermuda Been a pleasure”, the player launched a tirade of parting shots against the team’s selectors abd coach.


Jones asserted that he had been dropped based on the belief that his head was not in the game due to his having to deal with a family health crisis, when, in his opinion, his ability to perform was unaffected by such personal matters.


Jones was particularly perturbed and devastated in that his axing denied him the option of bowing out from the international stage at home, after making 30 appearances for Bermuda, which included a stunning entrance into the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies, where, at age 17, he dismissed India’s opener Robin Uthappa with his first ball.

Nevertheless, the 34-year-old has been no stranger to disciplinary sanctions years, with a recent sanction at the Bermuda Premier League (BPL), where he faked swinging his bat at an opponent, said by some to have been likely the final item of misbehaviour that brought about his demise.

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