Fiji to join cricket top 16

THE U19 national cricket team could be ranked among the top 16 teams in the world after their Cricket World Cup outing, said High Performance manager Josefa Rika.

Despite losing all their pool games Rika said they had a further three matches lined up before returning to the country on February 14.

“Whatever happens at the end of the playoffs over the next 12 days, our boys will be ranked among the top 16 nations in the underage level in the world of cricket which has more countries that play cricket then those which play any other sport apart from soccer,” he said.

He added this was an achievement on its own with the team ranked from more than 120 countries.

“This is probably the highest ranked of any underage team for any sport in Fiji behind the Fiji U20 rugby team,” he said.

The under- 19 team takes on their Afghanistan counterparts on Saturday in the Plate quarter-final knockouts.

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