Yardy to lead Sussex in Caribbean T20 tournament

Sussex skipper Mike Yardy has confirmed his intention to lead the county in the next Caribbean Twenty20 in January.

It will be his first overseas trip since Yardy returned home early from last year’s World Cup for treatment for depression.

The 30-year-old, who led Sussex to the domestic T20 title in 2009, said: “I am looking forward to it. I have had a good rest since the end of the season and I think it will be a great opportunity for what is likely to be quite a young squad to get some great experience in different conditions ahead of next season’s T20.”

The Netherlands, Canada, and seven Caribbean teams - Barbados, Combined Campuses and Colleges, Guyana, Jamaica, Leeward Islands, Trinidad and Tobago and Windward Islands -will take part in the event in Trinidad and Barbados from January 9-22. Last season Hampshire represented the English counties in  the tournament.

Sussex’s cricket manager Mark Robinson is likely to be without some of his experienced players, including Matt Prior and Murray Goodwin, so a less battle-hardened squad can look forward to gaining invaluable experience as the county try to improve after going out at the quarter-final stage last season.

He said: “For less experienced players to play alongside some more senior colleagues will not only be good for them but also allow us to see how well they are developing, and we’re looking forward to the opportunity.”

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