Today the final 14 players for the Junior Spanish team were announced for the ICC Europe Under 19 Division Two tournament that takes place in Essex later this month.
The team comprises of eight players from the ECCL and six players from Cataluyna. Mark Perman will be the National Team Manager for the event with Armaghan Khan taking on Coaching duties.
The Junior Development Manager of Cricket for Spain Neil Brook let the Juniors know by an official Cricket Espana letter today.
The captain will be Jack Perman who plys his trade at Sporting Alfas and the vice captain will be Charlie Hunt of La Manga Cricket Club. The Rumistrzewicz brothers Theo and Charlie have also been named in the squad and the fourth La Manga based player to get the call up is Rupert James.
Torrevieja's progressive Junior Development policy has been rewarded with two inclusions in the team. Connor Wood and Alfie Court have been picked for all their hard work throughout the last few years. Finally, from the ECCL region is Kyle Roper who has been playing regular senior cricket with Sporting Alfas for several years now.
The Armaghan Khan Junior Cricket Academy feeder club in Cataluyna Santa Perpetua provide three players to the squad in the shape of Hamza Nisar, Nadim Hussain and Shehryar Riaz. Friends XI CC, Pak I Care CC and Badalona Shaheen have one player each included in the squad. Ali Sarmad, Ali Hamza Choudry and Sanwal Masood ensure that four of the eight Cataluyna Junior League clubs have representation in the tournament.
(Coach Armaghan Khan and Nadim Hussain)
The team arrive at Stansted Airport on the 29th July and then have a light training day on the 30th. The teams first match is against Belgium on the 31st of July at Harlow Cricket ground. The folowing day the team return to Harlow to take on Norway in their second Group B encounter. A rest day follows before a trip to Bishop Stortford College to play a strong Dutch team. Spain then have two further rest days before their last Group match against Denmark on August 6th at St Margaretsbury.
Depending where Spain finish in the group will impact who they play in their final game which will be a match up with their Group A counterparts (Sweden, Guernsey, Italy, France). The squad will play the team that finishes in the same Group position. If Spain finish fifth in their group then they will finish ninth due to the withdrawal of Germany in Group A from the competition.
The squad return home to either Barcelona or Alicante on the 10th August. Cricket Espana will be giving regular updates on the team througout their thirteen days in the United Kingdom. Anyone wishing to watch the games in person can do so free of charge and further information on times and venues can be found on the official ICC website.
Under 19 Captain Jack Perman