Bears to tour Barbados for pre-season
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - Ashley Giles believes Warwickshire playing in the season-opener in Abu Dhabi next March is an honour big enough to justify the trimming of their pre-season trip to Barbados.
In the last two years, the Bears have spent 16 days in Barbados in March during which much valuable work was done towards the success they went on to enjoy in the seasons that followed.
Next year, due to playing MCC in Abu Dhabi in the last week of March, Giles and his squad will have only 13 days in the Caribbean,
But they will still compete in the Barbados T20 out there and the director of cricket is happy with the busy schedule.
“We have had to change things slightly which is a shame in a way, but we are pleased to be going,” Giles said.
“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.”
Warwickshire will take the whole playing and coaching staff to Barbados then 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.”