Former West Indies captain and Kent’s new head coach Jimmy Adams has made an early impact at the county by encouraging the club to support a pre-season training camp in the Caribbean.
Jamaica-born Adams, who starts work at St Lawrence next month, will be heading up Kent’s 10-day trip to Antigua from March 7, which will be partially funded by the club with assistance from the Antigua Tourist Board.
Having enjoyed trips to India, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Portugal down the years, this will the first time Kent have headed to the Caribbean to begin their season’s preparations.
In emphasising the need for warm-weather training, captain Rob Key said: “With our first County Championship match very early in April, against Yorkshire at Headingley, we needed to guarantee that we could get uninterrupted pre-season training, on good wickets.
“Sadly this can’t be taken for granted in England and, amongst the various options available to us, Antigua ticked the most boxes.”
Kent will take a squad of 14 players and four support staff on the trip, but will be without several younger members of the squad who are committed to University studies and England Under-19 duties, and Geraint Jones, who has agreed to play for the country of his birth, Papua New Guinea, in the ICC World T20 qualification tournament.
After their return, on March 17, Kent plan three pre-season fixtures in late March – versus Middlesex at Beckenham on Friday March 23, Glamorgan in another one-day match in Canterbury on March 27, and then a two-day fixture, again against Glamorgan, at St Lawrence on Wednesday and Thursday, March 28 and 29.