Sri Lanka ideal destination to develop youngsters for big events


Frequent tours by foreign teams will undoubtedly help both the visiting and the home team immensely in developing youngsters in their future endeavours ,and the Australia Under 19 cricketers who are playing a series of limited over games along with a three-day match, are here with two high profile personalities Greg Chappell (Manager) _ the former Australian captain and Graeme Hick (Coach). The Zimbabwe born, English cricketer to assist them in preparation for the next Youth World Cup to be held in Bangladesh next year.

Both, Chappell and Hick who were here earlier this year with a Australian Under 19 team in preparation of the World Cup (2014) which was held in the UAE, feels that Sri Lanka is the ideal destination to prepare for the event sighting the similar type of wickets and conditions.

Like Chappell, Hick is no stranger to Sri Lanka, having toured the Island with the Zimbabwe team prior to Sri Lanka gaining full Test status and thereafter touring with the England Test team under Nassar Hussain. Hick took up the under 19 coaching job two years ago and together with Greg Chappell is confident that he could build a match winning combination for the future.

Born in Salisbury, Rhodesia, (now Zimbabwe), Hick has represented England in 65 Test matches and 120 ODI from the day he made his Test debut for England in 1991 against the West Indies.

He made his last appearance in Test cricket against Sri Lanka in 2001 and had accumulated

3383 runs with six Test hundreds. He had 18 hundreds in his ODI career. Hick is the only cricketer to score three first class triple hundreds in three different decades in 1988, 1997 and 2002).

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