Canada’s Under-19 Team Prepare For Junior World Cup

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By Eddie Norfolk

Toronto: All-rounder Abraash Khan will captain Canada’s Under-19 cricketers in the 2016 International Cricket Council’s (ICC’s) Under-19 Cricket World Cup. He is the only member of the squad to have played in the 2014 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup. Mike Sharma is Team Manager with Errol Barrow, a former Canadian international, as Head Coach.

Errol Barrow supervised practice sessions for leading Ontario junior cricketers in recent weeks at the Actionzone indoor facility, Scarborough. Indoor training and practices will move outdoors and overseas in January for a one-week training camp in Sri Lanka. Then the young Canadians will move on to Bangladesh.

Canada is due to play warm-up games in Bangladesh against India (January 23) and Australia (January 25)  before participating in Group B of the ICC U19 CWC.  Canada’s group opponents will be Sri Lanka (January 28), Pakistan (January 30) and Afghanistan (February 1). The top two teams in the Group progress to the championship playoffs. The lower two teams will compete in the plate 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: 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), Suliman Khan (British Columbia) and Thursaanth Anantharajah (Ontario).