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Fiji Cricket aims for silver

Arin Kumar
Sunday, July 13, 2014

INSTEAD of going for gold, Cricket Fiji has set its sight on winning the silver medal at the Pacific Games next year.

This is because the Fiji team would not be strong enough to beat host Papua New Guinea on their turf.

Cricket Fiji general manager Inoke Lesuma said there were a number of factors that forced them to make second best their target.

"To be very honest, we are targeting silver because PNG is the new addition to ODI status on the world stage and realistically, we are not ready to beat them next year," he said.

"Gold would be a bonus but we are doing the best we can in preparations.

"Also PNG has a turf wicket and we don't and we are trying to organise tours to Australia or PNG to get used to playing on turf wickets."

Lesuma said the positive outcome from the event would be younger players would be given a chance to represent the country.

"There will be a few under-17 players in the national team.

"The biggest downfall in the past few years was that we were not focusing on youth development but since last year, most of the focus has been on the Junior High Performance squad and the U17 side."

Meanwhile, Team Fiji chef de mission to the Pacific Games, Cathy Wong had a meeting at the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee boardroom yesterday with all section managers and some officials of the sports that would participate at the event.

"This is the first meeting for us and we will have one every month till the Pacific Games," she said.

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