Canada U19s prepare to play England
After a fine win against Namibia, the U19 squad are preparing to play England in their last round-robin game. England have won both their matches easily and will be a stern test for the Canadians. The match is taking place at the John Davis Oval in Queenstown, NZ, one of the most attractive grounds in the world.
The game will start at 4:30 pm EST on Friday, Saturday morning in New Zealand.
The ICC has an extensive preview, featuring interviews with our players
“Canada still face a huge task to qualify. It will take a sizeable win, by about 80 runs or with 15 overs or so remaining. England are a high-quality outfit, having notched two comfortable wins in their first two games. Canada will also have to find a way past Harry Brook who in three innings since arriving in New Zealand has scored 261 runs off 226 balls without being dismissed. Removing the emotion – how desperate as a fan and a journalist you want them to win for the narrative – you have to conclude that Canada probably won’t qualify for the quarter-finals. And if they don’t, it would be easy for an observer to look at the results, which show no Associate member qualifying for the quarter-finals or even – as yet – beating a Full Member, to see some of the record totals and huge victory margins and conclude that they are just here to make up the numbers. But to do that would be to miss the point entirely. Giving young players who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend a tournament like this a chance is exactly what the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup should be about. The experience will be invaluable to them as cricketers for sure – if they played that match against Bangladesh again, with just the extra knowledge they’ve gained in two games, you’d fancy them to win – but also as young men looking to make their way in the world. And who knows, Canada may yet pull of a huge shock. As their coach Qurmani says, “There’s always hope. Cricket is a game where if you play your best game and you catch the other team off-guard, anything can happen”. It would certainly be some story. But then again, isn’t it already?”