Hogan hopeful for Jersey promotion
Sat, Dec 12, 2009 10:04 AM
Jersey coach Craig Hogan has revealed that he hopes his side can achieve promotion to the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 3 in 2010.
His side will be one of six teams taking part in the Division 5 event in Nepal in February and hopes that a top-two finish will then see his team win promotion from Division 4 in Italy later in the year.
"We'll be hoping that we can finish first or second at World Cricket League Division (WCL) 5 in Nepal which would put us into WCL 4 in Italy in 2010. Then we'd hope that we could get through again and get to WCL 3. If we could do that in the next few years it'd be super and would be great progress," said Hogan.
"It also means that there's a great opportunity for the players in the Under-17s and Under-19s in particular in the next two or three years. That's the pathway for them. Kids that are 16 or 17 at the moment should be looking at a senior spot this year or the year after. There's no doubt there's plenty of cricket to come. We've got the European Championships again next year, so that's three big tournaments coming up."
Hogan also believes that the advent of the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League and various ICC Europe competitions, provides wonderful opportunities for young players to take part in the sport.
"Looking at it from the top, with the seniors and the ICC World Cricket League Division 5, there are some great opportunities. I mean, what better chance do you have of going to Nepal? These are the kind of fabulous opportunities that we have which weren't available four or five years ago, and that's all credit to the JCB for looking ahead to the future. Also, with the Under-15s,17s and 19s all doing really well in their European Championships, we can now show that we can actually compete with these high-performance countries, and the challenge will be to keep that going," he said.
Jersey's players are currently undergoing a 10-week strength and conditioning programme, as part of its preparations for the event in Nepal.
"The squad have been through an intense couple of months building up their base level of fitness. This will stand them in good stead in preparation for more cricket related fitness sessions which are scheduled to commence in the New Year to complement the technical sessions," said fitness trainer Jason Carpenter.
"Regular fitness tests have been a feature of this programme and the results have been encouraging with marked improvements in all tests. The squad clearly recognise that fitness not only plays a big part in respect of the physical demands the modern game puts on the body, but also in injury prevention and concentration."