Maldives young cricketers in forward motion

The Maldives U-14s are on a tour of Sri Lanka and concurrently, ACC Development Officer for the Maldives Rumesh Ratnayake has paid a return visit to train the squad for the forthcoming ACC U-19 Challenge Cup. “I was happy to see a fair amount of enthusiasm and talent from the young boys,” said the former Sri Lankan international.

Working with Cricket Board of Maldives Development Manager Imad Ismail, Rumesh took the squad through some drills and match scenarios in Malé. “Fitness is always a concern and it’s going to play a major part in tournament performance but what I was happy to see this time was an increasing level of confidence from the boys and that’s significant because a number of these boys are in line for the senior team too,” says Rumesh. Rumesh took in some U-16 practises too, and saw a match between the national U-16 and U-19 squads.

Imad Ismail and Rumesh Ratnayake making their assessments

Imad Ismail has set his U-19s a target of reaching at least the semi-finals of the U-19 Challenge in Thailand and is quietly confident (as ever) of getting to the Final. The Maldives U-16s will be going to Sri Lanka to play an International Schools Invitational event in December. Rumesh feels “Maldives cricket has realised that the senior side (ACC Trophy Challenge Winners in 2010) is going to need to be rebuilt in a few years’ time and are working hard to develop some seasoned talent in advance of that. Sri Lanka offers them great opportunities to play a higher-level of cricket on a regular basis.”

Maldives Cricket Profile

Filed November 28th, 2013