[By Bright Tembo]
AFTER successful U-14 Junior Cricket Development trials and residential camp at Olympafrica Sports Development Centre, a provisional squad of 24 players out of 65 players across the country, was selected.
The trials were conducted under the watch of junior coach Isaac Mwaba, who is expected to trim it down to 16 players.
The team is expected to represent Zambia in South Africa from March 1 to 10, 2020.
The team has also been invited to watch the live ODI match between South Africa and Australia on March 7 by South African organisers.
Mwaba said the junior cricket is really developing.
“Junior cricket is developing and doing well. Actually, it’s the fastest growing sport in the country so far because there are a lot of academies and cricket clubs participating in junior cricket,” he said.
“We had trials as well as residential camp from 2nd January to 6th January 2020 at Olympafrica. We had a total of 65 kids from Lusaka, Kitwe, Ndola, Chingola, Luanshya and we came up with the provisional squad of 25 players which will be trimmed to 16 players.”
Mwaba appealed to well wishers and the corporate world to come on board to support the team and making its participation possible.
“The kids’ happiness is at stake here as you know this is the only international tournament which has come their way, and it’s just important that kids get international exposure by playing matches with different countries. Missing out may derail their interest arising from their already once deprived opportunities of playing at ICC tournaments for two years. It is our hope that the sponsors could come on board and assist to facilitate this trip,” said Mwaba.