SPORTS

Windies Rising Stars U19s Get Ready For ICC World Cup

In a press release, Cricket West Indies (CWI) announced the match schedule for the Youth One-Day International Series between West Indies Rising Stars U19s and South Africa U19s.

The teams will play four 50-over matches in St Vincent and the Grenadines from December 26 to January 3 at Arnos Vale Stadium and Cumberland Playing Field.

The West Indies and South African teams will meet in St Vincent later.

The teams are using the series as preparation for the ICC Men’s Under-19 Cricket World Cup which CWI is hosting from January 14 to February 5 in Antigua and Barbuda, Trinidad and Tobago, St Kitts, and Nevis, and Guyana.

West Indies Head Coach Floyd Reifer opined that practice games would put the team in pole position and create match awareness going forward.

“It’s great for us to have these matches as part of the build-up to the World Cup. We are really looking forward to this series against South Africa, as we are at the stage where it is important for the squad to play together, to see players in various roles, see how they respond to situations and how well they execute the plans we put in place,” said Reifer.

Additionally, he noted, “It is for us to also make sure we get the team going well together and have synergy, so the players fully understand each other. This is very crucial for us as we look to build the team energy and the team culture. I can’t stress enough how vital these matches are, and we will be taking them very seriously. We want to thank the Government and Cricket Association of St. Vincent and the Grenadines for working with our operations and medical teams over the past week to put things in place for us to get some much-needed playing time in the middle and preparations.”

The ICC Men’s Under-19 Cricket World Cup will feature 16 teams in 48 matches.

They are defending champions Bangladesh, England, Canada, and the United Arab Emirates form Group A, with debutants Uganda placed in Group B alongside India, South Africa, and Ireland.

Group C comprises Pakistan, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, and Papua New Guinea and Group D sees host West Indies, Australia, and Sri Lanka, and Scotland.

Match Schedule is as follows:

Play starts 9:30 am (8:30 am Jamaica Time)

December 26: 1st Youth ODI at Cumberland Playing Field

December 28: 2nd Youth ODI at Arnos Vale Stadium

December 30: 3rd Youth ODI at Cumberland Playing Field

January 3: 4th Youth ODI at Arnos Vale Stadium

West Indies Rising Stars U19s Squad:

Ackeem Auguste (Captain) – left-hand bat

Giovonte Depeiza (Vice Captain) – right-hand bat/left-arm spin

Onaje Amory – right-hand bat/right-arm off-spin

Teddy Bishop – right-hand bat

Carlon Bowen-Tuckett – right-hand bat/wicket-keeper

Jaden Carmichael – right-hand bat/left-arm spin

McKenny Clarke – right-hand bat/right-arm fast

Rivaldo Clarke – right-hand bat/wicket-keeper

Jordan Johnson – left-hand bat/right-arm leg-spin

Johann Layne – right-hand bat/right-arm fast

Anderson Mahase – left-hand bat/left-arm spin

Matthew Nandu – left-hand opening bat/right-arm leg-spin

Shaqkere Parris – right-hand opening bat

Shiva Sankar – right-hand bat/right-arm medium-fast

Isai Thorne – right-hand bat/right-arm fast

Readers Bureau, Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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