The Hong Kong U-19s in training

Following recommendations from their clubs and then assessments by Hong Kong Cricket Association coaches 42 young cricketers have been selected for this summer’s Talent ID Program. The ten-week program is aimed at developing age-group squads for upcoming ACC competitions and is set to be a regular feature of every Hong Kong summer. “We’re trying to get them used to the culture of what is needed for the national team,” says national coach Charlie Burke, “so that when they play international matches it’s not such a huge jump.”

Hong Kong’s national coach Charlie Burke
Picked on potential, the mix of indoor and outdoor sessions over the summer school holidays means that the groups of U-13, U-15, and U-17 batsmen, pace-bowlers, spin-bowlers and wicket-keepers will each receive around 45 to 50 hours of specialist one-on-one coaching from Charlie Burke (batting) and his fellow HKCA coaches Sher Lama (pace-bowling), Najeeb Amar (spin-bowling) and Jawaid Iqbal (wicket-keeping). The youngsters will continue to play for their clubs as and when required but bearing in mind that “in Hong Kong partly because there’s not enough grounds there’s not enough junior cricket, the boys will be put under pressure with things like game scenarios, self-assessment of game-strengths, mental skills development, video feedback, nutrition and fitness advice down to basic things like time-keeping and having the proper uniforms,” says Perth native Charlie Burke, “what we want is for the boys to get a good foundation of skills.

The players are expected to form the basis of the 2014 U-16 and 2015 U-19 squads.

Hong Kong Cricket Profile

Filed June 25th, 2013