The Young Cricketers Development Program is once again abroad on tour. This time, the seventh consecutive year the program has been running, a group of Under 17’s boys from clubs in Melbourne are travelling to both Sri Lanka and Malaysia for a number of matches. In Sri Lanka, they will be playing games in Kurunegala and Colombo, as well as a special match against a rural Sri Lankan team at the Hambantota International Cricket Stadium. The latter part of the tour will see them fight it out in a T/20 Tournament against a handful of international teams in Malaysia.
“These tours are a great opportunity for these lucky boys to play against quality opposition on unbelievable venues,” said Vernon Tissera, the Game Development manager for the Young Cricketers. “Not only that, but they give the boy’s a chance to experience different cultures and realise how lucky we are to be living in a country like Australia where opportunities are all around you.” Johann Jayasinhe, the Operations Manager of the Young Cricketers, also made mention of the opportunities which were present to the boys to form strong friendships with likeminded kids from across the globe as well.
Each tour also consists of the distribution of cricket kit’s as well as old cricket gear to poor kids and schools throughout war-ravaged and rural areas. Tissera wanted to also thank those that have contributed to giving the gear which is distributed. “Cricket Australia has supported us over the years and has always been forthcoming in organising MILO Cricket kits to be taken over. When we stop over and give some kids the new gear, they are over the moon and wear the biggest smiles – it’s an unbelievable privilege to be able to brighten their day through such gestures, so we would love to thank Cricket Australia for their unbelievable support and help, especially Aaron Dragwidge and Sam Almaliki.”
The tours also have had proven results in developing young cricketers – most if not all are currently playing at high levels for their respective clubs, including a couple which have gone on to play Premier First XI cricket
This year’s touring party consists of (Above picture from left of pic):
Vernon Tissera (GD Manager), Riley Sheldon, Matt Welsh, Dhumeen Amerasinghe, Maheesha Gamage, Arunkarthik Mannarsamy, Sacheen Paramesh, Prajay Paramesh, Tharindu Suriyaarachchi, Travis Wheller, Ben Parrott, Peter Mathison (Team Manager), Sachintha Peris (not pictured).
Another part of the Young Cricketers is their winter training program. It will be back in action once again this year, headed by senior coach Owen Mottau and Kevin Tissera. For more information, please get in contact with Vernon (details at the Young Cricketer’s website –youngcricektersdevelopment.org).
Source & Credits [Vernon Tissera]
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