Two Samoan cricketers for Australia’s Centre of Excellence

By Lance Polu

Two Samoan cricketers, Ben Mailata and Pritchard Pritchard have been selected to undergo specialised training at Cricket Australia’s Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Brisbane, 2nd to 15th November 2008. This comes under the International Cricket Council (ICC) East Asia-Pacific (EAP) Development Program.

The camp will include coaching sessions from some of Australia’s leading cricket coaches, the use of video analysis and physical testing facilities at the CoE, and strength and conditioning tips from CoE staff.

The combined EAP squad will be working hard to impress in hope of selection for the 2009 Australian Country Cricket Championships to be held in the Barossa Valley in South Australia from January 4th to 13th 2009.

“The combined EAP squad has an enormous array of talent, and with selection for the ICC EAP Team to participate in the Country Championships on offer to participants, the guys will be very keen to impress,” EAP X1 coach and ICC EAP Regional Development Officer Charlie Burke said.

“We are certainly looking forward to seeing the younger players step up a level, and are keen to see the talent of players such as Vanuatu’s Andrew Mansale and Indonesia.s Eki Antaria,” said Burke.

The full East Asia-Pacific Centre of Excellence Squad consists:
Andrew Mansale, Vanuatu; Ben Mailata, Samoa; Eki Antaria, Indonesia; Josefa Rika, Fiji; Ko Irie, Japan; Masaomi Kobayashi, Japan; Pritchard Pritchard, Samoa; Pudra Darmawah, Indonesia; Sakaria Lomani, Fiji; Josaia Baba, Fiji; Simione Latu, Tonga; Simpson Obed, Vanuatu; Sulesi Tuakei, Tonga; Trevor Langa, Vanuatu.