Ambitious Canadians fly South for the winter

Nick Skinner profiles the U19s for Emerging Cricket:-
“Speaking to Emerging Cricket, coach Farooq Kirmani explained that the squad has been training indoors since October, with the weather simply too cold to play outside. A creditable performance in their first warmup match against the West Indies showed positive signs, but a demolition job at the hands of Australia brought them crashing back to reality. Questions also remain over an approach to preparation that has seen the squad go months without a competitive match. In November Canada was invited to participate in CWI’s regional 50-over tournament, affording them an opportunity to give the U19s some valuable game time against quality opposition. Instead, Cricket Canada opted to send a development squad devoid of any current age group players (though oddly enough 2018 alumnus Arslan Khan was included). A puzzling decision, and one which Kirmani acknowledges was a missed opportunity: “That’s a very important question and I am not in a position to answer that but yes, some of the U19 players should have gone.”
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