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Rika demands best

Pravin Narain
Friday, February 23, 2018

CRICKET Fiji head coach Joe Rika will be monitoring the local players during the Cricket Fiji Easter tournament which will be played at Albert Park in Suva next month.

Rika, who has been coaching the side for the past couple of years, said the players had to impress him.

"We will have the women's competition during the Cricket Fiji Easter tournament to be held a week earlier than the men's competition," Rika said.

"We are planning for a bigger event compared with last year.

"The players have to be the best to be in the national team as we would be competing in the World T20 qualifiers where countries like Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Vanuatu will compete for the top two spots."

Rika said the island teams would put up a good show.

"The Cricket Fiji Easter tournament will be a selection ground, which is one of the tools we will be using, apart from the high performance squad which had been training.

"The competition will allow us to look at the other players as well. It will be good to see the players play competitive cricket.

"There is a lot of exposure for the young players and we need to see they come from the system and we have lost some experienced players over the past few years."

The women's competition will be held from March 19-22 while the men will battle it out from March 26 to April 2.

Moce is the defending champion in the men's competition.

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