Under-19s August 31, 2009

Under-19s prepare for World Cup Qualifiers

The most talented young players in Associate and Affiliate cricket gather in Toronto this week in an attempt to qualify for the 2010 Under-19 World Cup, staged in New Zealand.

The most talented young players in Associate and Affiliate cricket gather in Toronto this week in an attempt to qualify for the 2010 Under-19 World Cup, staged in New Zealand.

While the opportunity of competing against the best young squads from larger nations, such as Australia and India, is at the forefront of the players' ambitions, the tournament gives them a chance to impress and perhaps even press for a place in the senior team. Ireland's Paul Stirling, a highly regarded left-hander, turns 19 September 3 and displayed his potential during his senior side's three-run defeat to England on Thursday, cracking 30 from 26.

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Will Luke is assistant editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • Sameer Singh on December 14, 2009, 13:27 GMT

    If the ICC has to improve the standard of the game in the associate nations then they need to do it from the grass root level i.e they should take the initiative and provide the U-19 teams with the best training and the best coaching facilities rather than see their boards appointing coaches.They should help them in setting cricket academies rather than just providing them with only monetary help.

  • Sameer Singh on December 14, 2009, 13:27 GMT

    If the ICC has to improve the standard of the game in the associate nations then they need to do it from the grass root level i.e they should take the initiative and provide the U-19 teams with the best training and the best coaching facilities rather than see their boards appointing coaches.They should help them in setting cricket academies rather than just providing them with only monetary help.

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  • Sameer Singh on December 14, 2009, 13:27 GMT

    If the ICC has to improve the standard of the game in the associate nations then they need to do it from the grass root level i.e they should take the initiative and provide the U-19 teams with the best training and the best coaching facilities rather than see their boards appointing coaches.They should help them in setting cricket academies rather than just providing them with only monetary help.