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Konrote commends Fiji U19 cricket

His Excellency, President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konousi Konrote has commended the Fiji Under-19 Cricket Team for qualifying to the 2016 World Cup in Bangladesh. While addressing the team during their iTatau presentation on Monday, President Konrote said this was a great achievement for Cricket Fiji and Fiji as a whole. “Fiji qualifying for the World Cup is a […]

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January 11, 2016 12:38 pm

His Excellency, President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konousi Konrote has commended the Fiji Under-19 Cricket Team for qualifying to the 2016 World Cup in Bangladesh.

Fiji U19 cricket team with the president of the Fiji Island
Fiji U19 cricket team with the president of the Fiji Island. Photo:DEPTFO

While addressing the team during their iTatau presentation on Monday, President Konrote said this was a great achievement for Cricket Fiji and Fiji as a whole.

“Fiji qualifying for the World Cup is a great achievement in itself and I hope you will do your best in the tournament. I wish you well in your journey abroad and in your preparations,” President Konrote said.

“You are the first team this year to participate in a world event away from home and you must have faith in yourselves to be able to perform. It will be a tough journey for you. Our support and blessing is with you all the way. Go out there and do Fiji proud.

The 15-member U19 cricket team left for Australia last Wednesday for two and a half weeks pre-tournament camp. The team will leave for Bangladesh on 20th January.

Josefa Rika, the batting coach for the national side, said participating in the World Cup was a great exposure for the team and for Cricket Fiji to develop the sport here.

“Our team is ranked 16th in the world and that is an achievement for us in the Pacific. We get to play against Tier 1 nations and hope for the boys to improve on cricket and find a career in it,” Mr Rika said.

“While in Australia, we will get used to the cricket pitch and the format of the game. We will play five warm-up games against high quality teams there. Fiji will also play two warm-up matches against Scotland and South Africa before the start of the World Cup in Bangladesh.”

Rika said their plan was to stick to their game plan and make it into the second round of the tournament.

“It is going to be tough but anything is possible if we stick to the plan,” he said.

Team captain, Saimoni Tuitoga said their preparations started four years ago and they were now focusing on their skills and fitness.

“Our expectation is to go and win the first game against England. I have advised the boys to do their best as our target is to reach the quarter finals and make Fiji proud,” Mr Tuitoga said.

Fiji is pooled with England, West Indies, and Zimbabwe.

The World Cup will be held from 22nd January to 14th February, 2016.

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