The Titans will spend part of their pre-season in the idyllic location from 23 - 28 August, but there is plenty of endeavour that will go along with their exotic destination, as they look to also spread the love of the game to all corners of the globe.
“When people hear that there is cricket on the island, there is always that sense of disbelief. In the Seychelles? Cricket? No way,” explained ICC Development Manager for Africa, Patricia C. Kambarami.
“This is why visits like the one from the Multiply Titans are so crucial to developing the game, and encouraging other teams to look at the Seychelles as an option for their pre-season tour. For the locals, it is a wonderful opportunity to pick up so many tips from world-class players and coaches.
“The anticipation is huge, and even high-ranking government officials can’t wait to see the Titans playing on their fields. The impact of that alone cannot be over-stated,” Kambarami pointed out.
The Titans will play a TwentyT20 encounter during their visit, but they will also hold a coaching clinic for local children. Their practices and methods will also be watched closely, and the impact, Kambarami says, will ideally create a domino effect.
“We hope that this trip inspires other federations to realise their potential. Often, they don’t think they are capable of hosting sides of this magnitude. The fact that the Seychelles Cricket Association has taken this bold step ought to be a catalyst, and a challenge to other federations
on their level to put themselves out there."
Looking at the growth of the game in Africa, Kambarami noted that South African cricket was the flag bearer, and they continue to do a lot of work to assist smaller nations to make the step up.
“Cricket South Africa, as well as franchises from South Africa have opened their doors, and are always willing to help. A lot of African teams look to South Africa for standards, and rightly so. It is great that they are aware of their role as the big brother in African cricket.”
Following on from the clinic, the squad will embark on a picturesque Copolia hike trail, taking them away from beach views and into the rainforest through the Morne Seychellois National Park.
The evening will be spent with local dignitaries and tour partners, at Avani’s Tamarind.
After a busy first full day, Boucher’s men will enjoy some leisure time, where they will explore the idyllic island on half-day catamaran cruise, organised by Mason’s Travel. The afternoon will be spent training outdoors, as the players acclimatise to warmer conditions, after spending the bulk of the winter months training indoors.
The players will then have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the unique culture with a traditional Creole dinner organised by Gran Kaz at their newest venue in the north of Mahé – Bel Ombre.
The following morning the Titans will return to the Stad Popiler, where they will take on the Gran Kaz Kings in the shortest format, in front of local spectators.
In traditional pre-season style, the final day will be split between leisure time and a strategic planning session ahead of the new season, before the squad departs early Tuesday morning.