29 July, 2017, 12:00 am
ONE of Fiji’s best cricket players is helping the national under-19 team prepare for the U19 World Cup Qualifiers scheduled for September 5 to 17 in Apia, Samoa.
Iniasi Cakacaka has been named as the assistant coach as Fiji seeks to qualify for its second U19 World Cup after playing in the 2016 tournament in Bangladesh.
Team manager Ponijese Saulekaleka said the squad had seven students (1 QVS, 2 RKS, 4 RSMS), 10 from clubs in the Lau Group, and Jack Charters of England, the son of former Fijian media personality Charlie Charters.
“We have Samoa, Navutu and Papua New Guinea,” Saulekaleka said.
“Our biggest threats come from Vanuatu and PNG because they had beaten our national side. They are good because the funding assistance from Internatiobnal Cricket Council is focused on their developments, hence their ability to beat Fiji.
“If their national teams are good, surely their upcoming players would be hard to beat. We will have warm-up matches with our national team before we leave next week and if we secure some fast balls against our national reps, it would help us against our opponents in Samoa.”
The qualifiers are held every two years.