The Fiji U19 cricket team preparing for the country’s first ever appearance in a cricket world cup have been working hard on strengthening their skill sets with just under two months remaining before the first ball is bowled in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh.
Cricket Fiji High Performance Manager, Joe Rika was impressed with the level of fitness the players have shown over the last few months and puts it all down to the commitment these players have shown since gaining qualification back in February.
“The first five months of preparations was purely based on fitness and strength with the team’s Strength and Conditioning coach, Henry Elder and we’re very happy with the input from these boys and as a coach that’s all you can ask for from your players” Rika said.
Rika went on to add that the side will be focusing on improving the players individual skill sets with a string of matches lined up in December before the side departs for its pre-tournament camp in January.
“The governments assistance has made a lot of things possible for the side and this includes getting December matches organised, accommodation overseas and so many other things booked and confirmed for the team and we’re very grateful to the government for this” Rika continued.
The national side is currently based with the Cricket Fiji High Performance Unit in Suva working with Rika and national senior squad member Sekove Ravoka involved in five day week programs from Mondays to Sundays and are planned to depart Fiji on the 6th of January.