By Eddie Norfolk
Toronto: All-rounder Abraash Khan willÂ captainÂ Canada’s Under-19 cricketers inÂ theÂ 2016 International Cricket Council’s (ICC’s) Under-19 Cricket WorldÂ Cup.Â He is the only member of the squad to have played in the 2014 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup.Â Mike Sharma isÂ Team Manager with Errol Barrow, a former Canadian international, asÂ Head Coach.
ErrolÂ Barrow supervisedÂ practice sessions for leading Ontario junior cricketers in recent weeks at the Actionzone indoor facility, Scarborough.Â Indoor training and practices will move outdoors and overseas in January forÂ aÂ one-week training campÂ in Sri Lanka. ThenÂ the young CanadiansÂ will move onÂ to Bangladesh.
Canada isÂ due to play warm-up games in Bangladesh against India (January 23) and Australia (January 25)Â Â before participating in Group B of theÂ ICC U19 CWC.Â Â Canada’s group opponentsÂ will beÂ Sri Lanka (January 28), Pakistan (January 30) and Afghanistan (February 1).Â The top two teams in the Group progress to the championship playoffs. The lower two teams will competeÂ in the plateÂ competition that decides the lower places.
Canada qualified for this ICC U19 CWC by winning the ICC Americas Regional Championship in Bermuda during in early July 2015.
Canada Under-19 squad:Â Abraash Khan (Ontario, captain), Abdul Haseeb (Manitoba), Akash Gill (Ontario), Amish Taploo (Ontario), Arslan Khan (Ontario), Bhuvindu Adhihetty (Ontario), Harsh Thaker (Ontario), Mamik Luthra (Ontario), Miraj Patel (Alberta), Prushoth Wijayaraj (Ontario), Sarbjot Sivia (Manitoba), Shlok Patel (Ontario),Â Suliman Khan (British Columbia) and Thursaanth Anantharajah (Ontario).