Canada U19 trials and Japan Qualifies for ICC U19 Cricket World Cup

I went on the trail of some junior cricket at Eglinton Flats in the Toronto and District Cricket Association on Saturday morning (June 8, 2019). It seemed some players were not in action in the two Under-18 games being played as trials are currently taking place in the Greater Toronto Area for Canada’s Under-19 squad that will play in July’s ICC Americas Regional Under-19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier.
I had intended, but forgot, to check on the progress of the ICC East Asia Pacific U19 Regional qualifier where host Japan and Papua New Guinea each had 3 wins from 3 games and were due to meet in Sano, Japan. Papua New Guinea had the better net run rate, but the tournament came to an unusual end.
Papua New Guinea withdrew from what should have been the deciding game of the tournament, against Japan on Saturday (June 8, 2019). Cricket PNG conceded the game “due to a number of players being suspended for internal disciplinary reasons and failing to adhere to our strict codes of conduct.”
The ICC website’s results indicate Japan U19s won by 10 wickets and a media release indicates the game was forfeited.
It is the first time that Japan has qualified for the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup.
Vanuatu U19s came third with 2 wins and 2 losses. Samoa U19s won 1 of 4 games while Fiji lost all 4 games.
Cricket PNG Posted the following on Facebook:
“It is with regret that we must inform all of our supporters that the CPNG national under 19 team
has been withdrawn from the final game of the ICC EAP under 19 World Cup Qualifiers.
This is due to a number of players being suspended for internal disciplinary reasons and failing to adhere to our strict codes of conduct.
We will address this issue further on return to Port Moresby and will not field any questions until that time.
We want to thank the ICC, The city of Sano and our hosts Japan Cricket Association for putting on an outstanding tournament and wish Japan well in the World Cup as deserving representatives of the EAP.”
A subsequent post indicates all the players are safe but nothing more is to be disclosed until the team has returned to Port Moresby.

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