World Cup call for County’s Duckett

WORLD CUP CALL - Northants youngster Ben Duckett
WORLD CUP CALL - Northants youngster Ben Duckett
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Northamptonshire’s Ben Duckett has been included in the England squad for the Under-19s Cricket World Cup in the UAE next month.

The wicketkeeper-batsman, who was left out of a training group last month having failed to meet the required fitness standards, will be part of the 15-man group under the captaincy of Yorkshire’s Will Rhodes for their campaign which starts on February 14.

Also selected for the trip is Leicestershire’s Rob Sayer who plays his club cricket for Peterborough Town in the Northamptonshire Cricket League.

They fly out on January 31 before playing three practice matches.

England will then begin the tournament with a game against hosts UAE at the Zayed Cricket Stadium before playing Sri Lanka and New Zealand in the other group stage matches in Dubai.

If England progress further they could then go on to face one of fifteen other countries in the latter stages of the tournament.

EDP head selector David Graveney said: “This squad contains an exciting mix of young talent which we look forward to seeing perform on the world stage against top class opposition.

“It will be an excellent experience for these young players to develop their games in a world class environment, competing at the highest level in this prestigious tournament.”