Bangladesh beckons for New Zealand’s best youth cricketers

Some of New Zealand’s most promising teenage cricketers will get a
valuable chance to experience sub-continental conditions in April.

New
Zealand have named an under-19 squad to tour Bangladesh, with Northern
Districts and Canterbury providing eight of the 15 players between them.

The
squad also includes three players from Wellington and two apiece from Auckland
and Central Districts, and will be coached by former test batsman Peter Fulton
– who selected the squad along with his fellow former international Paul
Wiseman.

The tour will comprise one warmup 50-over match, followed by five
50-over internationals against the Bangladesh under-19 team.  

In
a nod to the anticipated conditions in Bangladesh, the squad includes four
frontline spinners, and two emerging spin bowlers – as well as four
fast bowlers.

Batting
and spin bowling have been identified as the key selection areas.

Spin
bowling allrounders have been picked in preference to medium pace allrounders,
in another pointer to the challenges of playing on the sub-continent.

There will be more opportunities for the faster or medium pace
bowlers in other assignments later this year –  both in Australia and when
the Bangladeshis return to New Zealand in October.

The youngest member of the squad is Auckland’s Adithya Ashok, a
batsman and leg-spinner currently in the Auckland under-16 team. Players have
been drawn from provincial under-16, 17 and 18 teams.

The
captain won’t be named until the squad arrive in Bangladesh, and the intention
is to share that responsibility among several players.

The
next under-19 World Cup will be in South Africa in January and February, but
this tour is being treated separately from a lead-up to the world tournament as
the conditions will be very different from those anticipated in South Africa.

‘’We
see this as purely a wonderful opportunity for a sub-continental tour that the
players will really benefit from,’’ Wiseman, the programme leader for the under
19s, said.

‘’I
think we’ll learn a lot about players over there. It’s about what they can
learn on and off the park and it’s a really beneficial tour from a lot of
angles.’’  

Wiseman
said it’s likely the selectors will look at 20-25 players over the next few
tours leading up to the under-19 World Cup.

Fulton
will have two coaching assistants on tour, Adam Miles and Dion Ebrahim.

The
squad will leave New Zealand on April 10 and return on April 29.

The
New Zealand under 19 squad is: Adithya Ashok (Auckland), Kristian Clarke
(Northern Districts), Micah Conroy (Wellington), Lucas Dasent (Auckland), Joey
Field (Central Districts), Jesse Frew (Canterbury), Nick Lidstone (Canterbury),
Ruben Love (Central Districts), Rhys Mariu (Canterbury), Ben Pomare (Northern
Districts), Tim Pringle (Northern Districts), Dylan Sharma (Wellington), Angus
Sidey (Canterbury) Jesse Tashkoff (Wellington), Ollie White (Northern
Districts).

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