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Trials to select U17 team for cricket series

Arin Kumar
Monday, June 09, 2014

CRICKET Fiji will conduct trials today to select a national under-17 side to compete in the inaugural Pasifika under-17 Tri-Series to be held in Suva later this month.

The trials were initially scheduled for May 31 but bad weather and unavailability of the players forced the trials to be shifted to today.

Cricket Fiji high performance manager Joe Rika said selection would be easy because they already had a pool of experienced players.

"Most of the players couldn't make it on that Saturday so we wanted it to be fair for everyone and that is why we are going to have open trials," he said.

"After the trials, we plan to go to the West on Saturday and then the team would be named the next Saturday."

Rika also mentioned they already had some players who were part of the main national squad system that were still under the age of 17 and would be key players for the side.

"We have a fair idea on who we want to look at because we already have a good number of kids involved.

"We currently have a junior high performance program and five of the players that are under-17 are already part of the main national side."

The Pasifika Series is the first of its kind and will have U17 representative sides from Fiji, Vanuatu and Tonga play each other in a series of round robin Twenty20 matches from June 23 to 27.

The top two sides at the end of the week will battle it out for the Pasifika title.

Tonga is also expected to bring their national under-19 side to play against Cricket Fiji's High Performance Unit U19 side in a series of 50 and 20-over tour matches right after the Pasifika Series.

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