BELGRADE - TEAM PREVIEW - FANCODE ESC CROATIA
FanCode ECS Croatia provides an opportunity for five teams contesting 24 games over six days to establish the Champions. Every game will be live streamed worldwide on the European Cricket Network and on FanCode - a multi-sport aggregator platform, from the house of Dream Sports for the Indian Sub-Continent.
Belgrade is a touring all-stars club consisting of the best players from the Serbian League and are confident of making a strong impression on debut.
Team manager Nick Johns-Wickberg said, "None of our guys have played in the ECN before, so we're not 100% sure what to expect. But we feel like we have a great core of talented players to work with. We're especially proud of our many young local players, who have learnt the game in Serbia and are now competing internationally."
Captain: Robin Vitas
Wicketkeeper: Adrian Dunbar
Projected Top Four: Adrian Dunbar, Wintley Burton, Alex Dizija, Robin Vitas
Projected Opening Bowlers: Vukasin Zimonjic, Alister Gajic
Spin Options: Mark Pavlovic, Michael Dorgan, Slobodan Tosic
BELGRADE Key Players:
Adrian Dunbar, T20I world record-holder, hit a remarkable 104* to claim the record of highest score by a debutant in Serbia's first ever T20I match. The wicket-keeper batter will be eyeing for similar success in the ECS.
Alexander Dizija, the right handed top order batter looked solid on the opening day, top scoring for BEL with 75 runs in two games including an unbeaten 49 off 27 to earn his first player of the match award.
Vukasin Zimonjic, the 16-year old has already impressed on the international stage, having won the award for best young player at the Sofia T20I tournament earlier this year. The medium pacer returned figures of 4-5 including a HAT-TRICK in the Serbian league recently and is ready to take the ECS by storm!
Robin Vitas, Premier League winning captain in the UK, the tough right-handed opening batter will be keen to add another trophy to his cabinet by leading Belgrade to victory in Split.
Mark Pavlovic, tall right-arm offie, his greatest strength is his excellent economy in short-form cricket. The right hander is also capable of hitting big sixes.
Wintley Burton, star all-rounder from Antigua, can hit sixes effortlessly and is equally good with the ball with his medium pacers.