All-rounder and senior Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu National Men’s Cricket Team player Ronald Tari has been appointed as head-coach of the U19 Men’s National Team leading up to the ICC Men’s Under 19 Cricket World Cup East Asia Pacific (EAP) Qualifiers to be hosted in Darwin, Australia.
The tournament is set to take place from June 12-21 in which teams from Fiji, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and Vanuatu will take part. The winner of this tournament will be awarded direct qualification into the 16-team 2024 World Cup to be held in Sri Lanka.
Ronald Tari welcomes the challenge and opportunity to coach the U19 national team.
“With such a full year of cricket ahead for the Men’s, Women’s and U19s sides, I am excited to use this opportunity to gain further experience coaching and guiding our young team members to play to the best of their ability, coming into the EAP Qualifiers in June.
“I have been playing cricket domestically and internationally for about 11 years now and have coached occasionally for development cricket, the North Efate women’s team and have conducted many one-on-one sessions with young players, so this opportunity is something I am looking forward to.
“We have so many talented young cricketers in Vanuatu, so I think we definitely have a good shot at taking out the competition to make the 2024 World Cup. Our competitors are fierce, especially facing sides like New Zealand, but I am keen to show the world what our young players are capable of.”
The extended squad has begun training under Tari, assisted by Jamal Vira, and the final touring party of 14 will be announced in May.
Further information and tournament fixtures are available here: https://ntcricket.com.au/icc-under-19-eap-world-cup-qualifier