Japan looks at the U19 World Cup as a learning experience
DUBAI: Japan's debutants do not have high expectations of the next ICC U19 World Cup and are only seeing the event as a learning experience, Japan said Cricket Chief of Operations Alan Curr.
At the end of this month, the Dhugal Bedingfield team will rub shoulders with the greatest forces of the game in the ICC U-19 World Cup. Japan has been grouped together with India, Sri Lanka and New Zealand.
And by his own admission, Curr said they don't expect to bother a team like India, but only hope to gain valuable knowledge of the experience.
People might be surprised that Japan is playing cricket and that there is no historical culture in the country, but that does not mean that we cannot be good at it, Curr said in an ICC statement.
We do not expect to bring India down, but we hope to get away with our reputation as an improved cricket nation.
Many people have said how good it is, but we are not there to invent the numbers. We don't expect to break any trees, but if we can win one or two wins, it would be great, he added. .
Japan may not be regarded as a cricket powerhouse but a summer camp in August 2017 convinced Japan Cricket that there was sufficient talent and enthusiasm to build a U-19 team.
That came after four years of sweat, blood and work in promoting the game after a structure was first established after an ICC grant for a pilot pilot participation program.
Eleven of the boys who played in the qualifiers can play again in two years, which shows how far we have come. We are two years ahead of what we expected, Curr said.
Japan made an ambitious offer and won the rights to organize the East Asia and Pacific Qualifier last year, selecting a young group of players waiting for 2021.
Japan beat Samoa for 170 races at the opening of the tournament and qualified easily, remaining undefeated at all times.
If we can maintain the learning curve we are in now, we will only improve, Curr said.
We only meet four times a year and we have qualified for a World Cup. We knew we would have to work a lot with them.
Since the tournament will be held in January and February, which is half of our winter and there are no indoor training facilities in Japan, we have had to be creative, he added.