A team from Cayman, along with support staff, departed Saturday for Toronto, Canada, to compete in the ICC Americas Regional U-19 World Cup qualifiers, which will be held 8-16 July.
There will be no opportunity to ease in gently with the first match being played against the US on the first day of the event.
Members of the squad went through a tough selection process where they displayed their cricketing prowess during rigorous training sessions held at the Smith Road Oval, facilitated by Head Coach and Technical Director Peter Anderson.
Anderson is no stranger to stiff competition himself. An ex-Australian All Star, he accompanied Cayman’s senior men’s team to Argentina in 2018 where they successfully progressed through to the ICC Americas Regional T20 qualifiers for the ICC T20 World Cup, to be held in Australia in 2020.
The Under 19 team has a tough act to follow, but Coach Anderson is confident the team will be well prepared and ready for the challenge.
“The average age of this squad is pretty young at 15. It is really encouraging to be able to have such a youthful team ready to represent Cayman in this competition. These players are the backbone of youth cricket in Cayman and I have no doubt they will go on to represent the country on future senior overseas tours,” said Anderson.
He added “the players have been committed to attending training sessions and to being the absolute best that they can be in readiness for these qualifiers, and I am confident that they will do very well indeed against the stiff competition”.
Hayden Isbister of sponsor Mourant said, “We’re really excited and proud to see the Under 19s heading to Canada. This not only gives them a unique opportunity to fly the Cayman flag internationally, it also brings them individually and as a team a different perspective on the sport. Cayman Cricket has worked hard with the schools’ cricket programmes to make the sport accessible to young children in the Cayman Islands and we are delighted to be working with them to continue making this happen.”
The line up for this tournament is: Luke Harrington-Myers (Captain); Revaughn Johnson; Gabriel Harrington-Meyers; Stephen Watson; Lucas Carter; Neildeep Ghosh; Arjun Dhanasekar; Kandre Amerally; Dedrick McLaughlin; Tazmar Dawkins; Liam Sinclair; Tareque Simpson; Joshua Ebanks; and Junior Saunders. The team will be accompanied on the trip by Manager Marlon Hoyte and Head Coach Peter Anderson.