No chance of Cork putting his Dancing on Ice

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Giles White insists Dominic Cork's decision to take to the ice, rather than the Caribbean, will not affect the club's preparations for the new season.

The Hampshire manager will see his skipper replace his whites with some sparkly Lycra suits and swap his spikes for skates as he takes part in the forthcoming series of Dancing on Ice.

But with the Royals set for battle in the Caribbean t20 in January, Cork is the latest senior professional who will be unavailable.

He joins Dimi Mascarenhas, Nic Pothas, Michael Lumb, Michael Carberry, Kabir Ali and Neil McKenzie in missing the tournament.

While White believes it is an opportunity for some more youngsters to stake a claim, he insists he has no issue with Cork's participation in the ITV series.

White said: 'One thing is that it will keep him very fit.

'The training is very arduous and fitness-wise, it will not be an issue.

'It was something we spoke about in the summer before the West Indies tour came up.

'He is looking ahead to his next career and we have always structured that into his contract.

'There are no issues from this end at all.

'We've always accommodated his media work and it gives an opportunity to some of the young players going to the Caribbean.

'Corky is very much his own man in the winter and we don't see much of him.

'His contract runs from April to the end of September to structure it towards his career after cricket.

'As much as he'd love to be in the West Indies, he is a bit disappointed that it came at the same time and we didn't know about it until after he signed up to Dancing on Ice.'

Cork is the type of character who will thrive in the spotlight and White admits the 39-year-old has been on the end of some good-natured stick from his team-mates.

White said: 'He's taken some stick over it – in fact, he hasn't shown his face down here since!

'We've all texted a few times.

'I've known about it for a while but some of the players only found out when it was announced recently.

'It will be good to settle down in front of the TV and watch him in action.

'It crops up in your mind that he might get injured but it's the right thing to let him do it.

'I'm sure he'll be very good and he'll be a popular contestant.

'We'll keep our fingers crossed that he stays on his feet and does well.'

With Mascarenhas, Pothas and Cork out of the tournament, Jimmy Adams will skipper the side in the West Indies.

New signing Johann Myburgh and youngsters Benny Howell, Adam Rouse and Tim Ravenscroft will all be included.

White said: 'It's a nice mix. We've got some good senior players and some good younger players.

'It's a good opportunity for some of the younger players to play in the senior team and stake a claim.'