Promising cricketers from England, Pakistan and Bangladesh have the opportunity to impress the senior selectors as they meet in the Under-19 tri-series. Each side will play six games in a mini-league before the top two teams progress to a final at Trent Bridge.
First up for England is a clash with Pakistan. Here we take a look at which players have the potential to contribute not just in this match, but in the whole tournament.
Ben Duckett (England)
This series might mark the end of Duckett’s time with the England Under-19s, and captaining his nation to tri-series success would be a fitting platform for him to build a senior career.
The skipper made his first-class debut for Northamptonshire in May but made only five runs in the first innings as his big day threatened to turn sour.
Yet he recovered superbly to top score in the second innings, posting 53 not out, as the match ended in a stalemate with Leicestershire. His performance was enough to push him up the batting order for Northamptonshire’s match against Lancashire, though he didn’t quite hit the heights of his debut.
Duckett’s talent with the bat is complemented by his ability in the field, where he takes his place as wicketkeeper. By racking up the runs with the bat, claiming important catches and being a decisive leader, Duckett can propel England to victory.
Sami Aslam (Pakistan)
Aslam has already made a name for himself playing for National Bank of Pakistan and Lahore Eagles with a respectable first-class batting average of over 30.
The 17-year-old captain already has a senior century to his name and if he can consistently get his nation off to a good start in the series, Pakistan have every chance of leaving England victorious.
It won’t be too long before senior Pakistan openers Taufeeq Umar and Imran Farhat call time on their careers, leaving a void in the squad for Aslam to compete with Nasir Jamshed and Ahmed Shehzad for a lead batting spot in the international setup.
Matthew Fisher (England)
Fisher made the headlines earlier this year when he became the youngest player to feature in a competitive county match, taking a wicket on his debut and almost helping Yorkshire to an unlikely win.
The 15-year-old has plenty of years to look forward to in the Under-19s setup and the medium-paced bowler looks set to star in the tri-series as he takes a break from senior cricket to face players of a similar age.
Since making his breakthrough he’s suffered a slight dip in form, taking no more than a solitary wicket in his last nine matches for Yorkshire and Yorks 2nd XI, but the tournament is the ideal chance for him to boost his confidence with plenty of opportunities to take wickets ahead.
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