Cricket prepares for Samoa

THE Fiji under-19 cricket team is preparing for the qualifiers to the U19 World Cup in New Zealand next year.

Chairman Setoki Galuvakadua said they would face tough opponents such as Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Samoa.

“We know PNG is going to give us another tough game because we have beaten them to qualify for the world cup in Bangladesh last year,” Galuvakadua said.

“Come August that same nation will be fighting for that one spot.

“We have one overseas-based player in England Jack Charters and he will arrive next week.

“Majority of these players are secondary school students and we have six more practice match before we depart on August 3.

“We’re going in as underdogs and it’s a big advantage for us and PNG will try to work out on our strength likewise the other teams.”

He said most of the players were students at RKS, QVS and RSMS and had been trying their best to balance their school work and training.

“We have majority of young players and the youngest is a 14-year-old and the other guys have two or more years to play in the youth grade so this is part of our development.

“Most of these players are Fiji reps so it’s a boost to some of the new ones because we have some experienced players in the squad.”

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