Bermuda captain forced out of ICC qualifier by concussion


Bermuda captain forced out of ICC qualifier by concussion

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Print this page Email A Friend!

HAMILTON, Bermuda (CMC) — Bermuda captain Dion Stovell has been ruled out of the quadrangular ICC Americas Twenty20 World Cup Qualifier starting in Bermuda this weekend because of a head injury.

Officials said on Thursday that 35-year-old Stovell had been declared unfit to participate in the week-long tournament because of a concussion he suffered when struck on the head in Cup Match — Bermuda's premier domestic fixture — at Wellington Oval, St George's earlier this month.

The Somerset all-rounder, wearing a cap rather than a helmet, was hit near his temple by a ball from St George's seam bowler Justin Pitcher, facing the first ball of his team's second innings after being promoted up the order. The umpires abandoned the match, which ended in a draw.

After being attended to by medics at the crease, Stovell was taken to hospital for further observation and later discharged.

“Dion went back to physio today and they said he's got a concussion so he is out of the tournament,” Janeiro Tucker, the assistant Bermuda coach, said on Wednesday.

“Of course, it's a setback when your captain and main batsman is out of the tournament. But we have to push on from it and I think the guys will pick up the slack.”

The withdrawal marks a major disappointment for Stovell, who had been looking forward to leading his country against the United States, Canada and the Cayman Islands.

“It's disappointing because I've been training all this time and put in the work and feeling good,” Stovell said.

“But the reality is that a head injury is very serious and I have a family I need to worry about. I have to do what I have to do.”

Terryn Fray is the team's vice-captain.

Bermuda expect to be boosted by the return home from England of Sussex all-rounder Delray Rawlins for the tournament, which starts on Sunday.

Double-headers will take place at White Hill Field and the National Sports Centre, with the top two countries advancing to the final qualifier in Dubai in October and November ahead of the T20 World Cup in Australia next year.

West Indies are the defending champions.

Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at




1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed:

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email:

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy

comments powered by Disqus



Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon