20 January 2016
ICC Launches #FutureStars Video Series ahead of ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup 2016
Four of the potential stars of the tournament are being profiled as excitement builds ahead of the tournament, which starts next week in Bangladesh
Over the years, a number of players who have done well at the tournament have gone on to become big-ticket stars in the senior circuit. The first edition, back in 1988, featured the likes of Brian Lara, Sanath Jayasuriya, Nasser Hussain, Mike Atherton, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Chris Cairns, all of who went on to captain their respective countries’ senior teams. The last chapter, in 2014, was won by South Africa, and Kagiso Rabada, who picked up 14 wickets at an average of 10.28 in the tournament, is among the hottest newcomers in the international circuit.
Like them, Mehedi Hasan of Bangladesh, Dan Lawrence of England, Wiaan Mulder of South Africa and Ishan Kishan of India are going into the 2016 edition with stars in their eyes, in the knowledge that a starring effort, possibly ending with the trophy in their hands, could mean great things in the near future.
To understand their mindsets and know the unique stories about their journeys to the tournament, a series of promotional video features on these #FutureStars will be released by the ICC in the final build-up to the tournament. This is aiming to increase anticipation, knowledge and understanding of the upcoming ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup Bangladesh 2016.
The four videos have all been uniquely shot on location in the home player’s country with high-definition creative themes based around the background of the four different the #FutureStars
The first video is being released today on January 20, with one more player in focus each day then on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Miraz Mehedi (Bangladesh)
Miraz is the captain of the host nation, an allrounder, who bats in the lower-middle order and bowls right-arm off spin that takes crucial wickets. He has already played six first-class games since first appearing in a loss for his Chittagong Division team against Dhaka Division in Bangladesh’s National Cricket League in February 2014.
He returned 3 for 83 in the only innings he bowled in then. Since then, Mehedi, who dreams of captaining the Bangladesh senior team one day, has scored 142 first-class runs at an average of 23.66 and has 16 wickets at 27.93.
Dan Lawrence (England)
The Essex youngster, who has been a part of the county’s Under-13, Under-14, Under-15 and Under-17 teams and has graduated to the senior team via the second XIs, is an opening batsman with great potential. Just seven first-class games old, Lawrence has already totalled 409 runs with a best of 161 – against Surrey in April last year, an effort that made him the third youngest to score a county championship century. Outside of Essex and England, the 18 year old has also turned out for Newton and Chilwell in the Australian club circuit.
He has also been a shining light at the top of England Under 19’s batting order with two fifties in the recent triangular series against Sri Lanka and India, and a memorable televised century against Australia Under 19’s last summer.
Wiaan Mulder (South Africa)
Wiaan is an all rounder from Johannesburg,who will turn 18 only after the Under-19 World Cup, he usually bats in the top five in one-dayers and bowls his medium pacers quite effectively for Gauteng’s age-group teams. A part of South Africa Under-19s since the squad was named for the world event, Mulder’s six wickets, including a best of 3-23, and run of good scores – 46, 61, 33 not out and 20 not out – against club sides in four practice games, makes him a key member of the defending champion’s squad.
He currently attends St. Stithian’s College, the former school of the star of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup, Kagiso Rabada.
Ishan Kishan (India)
Ishan was named captain of the India Under-19 team for the upcoming world event, the boy from MS Dhoni’s state – Jharkhand – has been rising up the ranks of the Indian domestic circuit very quickly in recent times. Still only 17 and a half, Kishan was thrown into the first-class circuit in the 2014-15 season, and has played a number of crucial knocks for his team since.
He averages 40.88 from ten first-class games so far, with a best of 109, his only century at that level to go with five half-centuries.
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