National cricketers in training mode

Saturday September 13, 2014 Written by Cook Islands Cricket Published in Cricket

THE Cooks men’s national cricket team is gearing up for their next regional International Cricket Council tournament this coming November.

The tournament will play out in Lismore, New South Wales, Australia and will involve 9 teams participating over two formats – Twenty20 and 50 Over.
According to Cook Islands Cricket’s CEO Alister Stevic, the Cook Islands men’s regional rank is a lowly 7th place, a position that Cook Islands Cricket desperately wants to improve on.
“We want to break into the top 5, we haven’t held a top 5 position for over 10 years, Cook Islands Cricket will be marking the success of the tournament based on whether we manage to break into that top 5,” says Stevic.
Stevic also says that the associations objectives was to first achieve a top 5 ranking then work toward a top three ranking within 6 years.
“Because of our population most see us as major underdogs, we are fine with that title, the players have the belief that they can achieve top 5 and we are willing them on.”
Stevic anticipates the team will play 12 matches in 15 days.
“The boys are playing as many games in 15 days as they do in an entire club season on Rarotonga or Aitutaki – it’s going to be an exciting challenge.”
A preliminary squad is training with final squad selections dependent on players satisfying selection requirements.
The boys will start their fundraising with a run tomorrow and a golf Ambrose on the 19th September.
The teams participating at the ICC EAP tournament include (in order of ranking) Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Fiji, Samoa, Japan, Philippines, Cook Islands, Indonesia, South Korea.

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