The Kinrara Oval

As part of its selection and preparation for the ICC U/19 World Cup to be held in Kenya in February 2010, a 20-member squad from the Elite Player Development program of the England and Wales Cricket Board is in Malaysia this month. "The theory behind taking 20 players to Kuala Lumpur is to give them practice playing the different match scenarios encountered in ODI cricket," says the squad manager John Abrahams, who has led a number of teams to Malaysia previously.

"There will also be an opportunity to address any fitness and physical competency issues and provide strategies for players with their decision making and performing under pressure," adds Mr. Abrahams. Ten specialist bowlers from India will also be in Malaysia at the same time and will form the basis of a team, alongside local players, in two practice matches at the Kinrara Oval. "It is hoped that both groups of players and their coaches will be able to assist some of Malaysia's best young cricketers," says Local Coordinator Charlie Chelliah.

Filed February 16, 2009