After a weekend of training at Kuortane Olympic Training Center , a new-look Finnish National Team has been unveiled. Wicketkeeper-cum-captain Jonathan Scamans resigned the captaincy due to personal reasons in February and Zahidullah 'Nicky' Kamal has now been appointed captain in his stead.
'It's a great pleasure and an honour to represent my country not just as a cricket player but as the team captain. I hope I can lead the team with honour and set an example for my teammates,' Nicky Kamal said after he was appointed.
'Being able to train at Kuortane is great. Not only are the facilities excellent for improving our skills, but spending time together also allows us to bond as individuals and as a team. The programme during the training camp last weekend was action-packed but very rewarding.'
Nicky says he enjoyed the training: 'It has given me a chance to try my wings as team leader. One thing I've worked on is giving and getting feedback and trying to be constructive.'
Tatu Vehviläinen named Vice-Captain
'I am extremely proud to have been selected as the new National Team vice-captain and I am looking forward to working hard with new captain Nicky, our coaches, Boyd, Simon and Yasir, all of the management staff and the squad to take the team to the next level', he said.
Tatu is looking to contribute to making the Finnish National Team stronger: 'It is evident to me that we have a strong core group of talented players who are committed to performing at the highest level and a lot of support behind the scenes. Our next challenge is progressing to a higher level and a better standard of cricket - something that I am greatly looking forward to helping the team do.'
He also praised Kuortane Olympic Training Center: 'Access to the facilities at Kuortane are of great benefit for the squad. It gives us a chance to get together and work hard on our game. The program is varied but focused and gives us opportunities to focus on our own game and our roles within the team. It helps us assess as a squad how we are progressing and where we need to go in the future both as a team and for individual squad members.'