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One week camp in Singapore

Grace Uhr From Crictket Fiji
Friday, August 12, 2011

THE Fiji Blues men's team will give themselves the best chance for success at World Cricket League Division 6 in September after confirming a one-week camp in Singapore before the tournament.

The 14-man squad, which will be named next week, will get the use of Singapore's state of the art facilities for the camp which includes both turf and synthetic wickets, international-standard grounds and an indoor training venue.

They will also play two warm-up matches against the Singapore A team.

The team will depart Fiji on September 8 with the camp to run that week before they head to Malaysia for the start of the tournament on the 15th.

The camp came about after Singapore officials extended an invitation to Fiji to use their facilities before the tournament and give them a chance to acclimatise to the heavily humid Asian conditions, along with invaluable practice on turf wickets which will be used in Malaysia.

Cricket Fiji chief executive Jon Symonds said the decision to hold the camp highlighted the commitment of Cricket Fiji to the team's preparation for the WCL tournament.

"World Cricket League is absolutely vital to the future of cricket in Fiji and this investment demonstrates the absolute commitment of board and management to giving the squad every opportunity to prepare in surroundings and facilities akin to the match conditions they will experience in Malaysia," Symonds said.

"Singapore provides us with training facilities we can only dream about in Fiji and having received the invitation from Singapore Cricket there was no way we could decline the invitation.

"This is yet another very important step in developing cricket in Fiji."

"This will cost a lot of money and Cricket Fiji could really do with some corporate support."


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