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Team ready for cricket mission

Arin Kumar
Thursday, January 31, 2013

NATIONAL cricket captain Josefa Rika was brimming with confidence as the Fiji Cricket side departed the country for New Zealand this morning.

Fiji will compete with Indonesia, Japan, Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Vanuatu respectively in the 2013 ICC East Asia Pacific Men's Twenty20 Championship from February 3 to 7.

Rika says the aim for them is to win the championship and qualify for the 2014 Twenty20 Cricket World Cup.

He said it would be a difficult task but it was also one that was achievable.

"I have full confidence in the team and we have set high goals for ourselves for this tournament," Rika said.

"We are going there with a mission to win and it may sound difficult but it can be done," he said.

He said the two warm-up games against Samoa and Vanuatu today and tomorrow respectively would boost the confidence of the team.

"They are very good opponents whom we will later face in the main competition so we will not underestimate them.

"We want to win the warm-up games so the confidence levels of the boys are high before the main competition starts."

PNG are the defending champions of the title and Rika said they would be one of their toughest opponents.

"We are not taking any team lightly in the competition, we are taking each game at a time but a win over PNG would be the really good since they are the defending champions," he said.

The tournament will be played at Waikaraka Park in Auckland.