The West Indies “Rising Stars” Under 19 Championship bowls off in St Vincent today.
This year’s tournament will see particular focus on preparation and squad selection for the January 2020 World Cup in South Africa.
According to Cricket West Indies, the opening round matches are:
- Windward Islands vs Guyana
- Leeward Islands vs Jamaica
- Barbados vs Trinidad and Tobago
The Championship culminates on the August 7th with the final (round), followed by an additional three “Best vs The Best” matches to identify the leading Under 19 talent.
CWI Director of Cricket Jimmy Adams says: “The value of our Under 19 tournament cannot be overstated given its position within the development pathway. Most, if not all, of our international players going back 20-30 years were identified in this tournament and it continues to be a critical phase of our Talent ID program.”
CWI President Ricky Skerritt says: “Re-branding the Under 19 to ‘Rising Stars’ is just one indication of how serious we are about focusing on our young cricketers. Putting cricket first includes investing now in our youth so we can reap better results in the future.”