Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale says his team need to stop being “naïve” if they’re to be successful in Twenty20 cricket this year.

His comments come ahead of the Tykes’ first match of 2012 in the shortest form of the game.

Yorkshire meet Derbyshire in a pre-season match in Barbados, with Hampshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Warwickshire also involved in the competition, as well as a number of local sides.

Whatever happens today, Yorkshire are guaranteed to play at least two Twenty20 matches over the next few days in the Caribbean.

The winners of the contest will head through to the last four, with the losers going into a separate plate competition.

Gale admitted he is not sure how ready his team are for the contest.

He said: “I won’t lose any sleep if we lose all our games in this competition. I want to go out and win ideally, but it’s more about finding out what works for us and putting that in place.

“Hopefully, come the Twenty20 back in England, we’ll know exactly what we need to do and how to do it best.”

Impressing in this form of the game is overdue for Yorkshire.

They are one of only three counties who have never made finals day in the domestic Twenty20 Cup since it was introduced in 2003.

Last season did not provide much optimism that the barren run would come to an end any time soon, with the Tykes finishing sixth in the northern section to miss out on a place in the quarter-finals.

Gale continued: “I think we can prepare better for it (this year).

“The schedule allows us five or six days before the competition, which includes a game at Cleckheaton.

“We were a little bit naïve at times last season.

“It’s about executing our skills at the right time, simple as that.”

Win or lose today against Derbyshire, the Tykes’ next Twenty20 contest at the Kensington Oval will take place tomorrow.

If Yorkshire make it through to the final of either competition then they will also be in action on Thursday.