In the latest development, Jade Dernbach is all set to represent the Italian cricket team. For the unversed, Jade Dernback has already represented the England cricket team in 24 ODIs and 34 T20Is. He played for England between 2011 and 2014.
The former England paceman will now apply his skills for Italy. In fact, he has been named in the country’s squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Europe Qualifier next month. The veteran quick will leave his county, Surrey, at the end of this season.
He has made this decision in order to restart his international cricket career. The 35-year-old who played for Derbyshire, on loan from Surrey in 2021 took 31 wickets for England in ODIs. Besides that, he has accounted for 39 dismissals in T20Is.
Jade Dernbach qualifies to play for Italy
Former England quick Dernbach registered his personal best bowling figures of 4/45 in ODIs and 4/22 in T20Is. Meanwhile, he qualified to represent Italy through his mother. He has been named in the 15-member squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Europe Qualifier, to be held in October.
The right-arm pacer’s last international appearance came during the ICC 2014 T20 World Cup in Bangladesh. The Northamptonshire all-rounder, Gareth Berg, has been named the captain and head coach.
The team also features Grant Stewart (Australian-born all-rounder) who represented Kent during their recent T20 Blast triumph. Owais Shah, who played 94 international fixtures for England, has been roped in as the side’s assistant coach.
Italy reached the qualifier after the sub-qualifiers were called off owing to the coronavirus pandemic. ICC made the decision to call off the sub-qualifiers in this crisis. Meanwhile, Italy will face Jersey, Germany and Denmark from October 15-21 in Spain.
The top two teams will make it to the global qualifiers in early 2022, wherein the teams will fight for a spot in the 2022 T20 World Cup.
Italy squad for ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Europe Qualifier:
Gareth Berg (captain/head coach), Jade Dernbach, Madupa Fernando, Jamie Grassi, Grant Stewart, Darren Low, Dinidu Marage, Gian-Piero Meade, Joy Perera, Amir Sharif, Baljith Singh, Jaspreet Singh, Manpreet Singh, Nikolai Smith