South Africa is eager to launch the campaign against India

January 14, 2022 20:10 IS

george town [Guyana], 14 January (ANI): The South African U19 boys are ready to kick off their long-awaited 2022 ICC U19 World Cup in the West Indies with a captivating encounter against India on Saturday.
The Group B game begins at Providence Stadium in Providence, near Georgetown, the capital of Guyana.
South Africa will also take on Uganda on Tuesday 18 January before a clash against Ireland on Friday 21 January will wrap up the pool stage action and advance the tournament to the playoffs.
During the captaincy press on the eve of the global spectacle, Junior Proteas captain George van Heerden expressed his excitement and the team’s eagerness to get going, even hailing the games coming tight and fast.
“To be honest I’ve never played games with that much rest time in my life so two to three days between games is quite a lot and the thing for us is we’re so keen to get into the now Park, I’ve been here with the Tour against the West Indies for so long,” Heerden said, according to the CSA statement.
“So the minimal waiting time is actually a good thing for us,” he added.
“We are very excited; last night a couple of us chatted about all the SA players that went before us with names like Aiden Markram, Rabada and all the guys that sat in our seat before us Just amazing.

“It’s a great opportunity for all of us, and just to see the people walking around the hotel; this morning I saw Simon Doull, Samuel Badree and Curtly Ambrose; it was eye-opening for me, but we are all very excited for what is to come,” concluded van Heerden.
After facing professional players in last year’s Cricket South Africa (CSA) Provincial T20 Knockout Competition, the South Africa Under-19 team traveled to the West Indies for a one-day, four-game international youth series in testing conditions in the Caribbean.
The SA U19s then played two warm-up games, including an inter-squad game after their first game against Australia was postponed, before another clash against the West Indies ended the players’ grueling preparations.
Looking ahead to Saturday’s opening game, head coach Shukri Conrad says the team is in high spirits and while they are wary of their first opponents – who finished runners-up in 2020 and won the 2018 edition – he is adamant that the team just as capable as India and his team will not be outsiders.
“The atmosphere in the camp is really good and we are dying to come to the park. Everyone is in good shape, both from a technical and a psychological point of view,” said Shukri.
“We haven’t really seen them (India). We saw a bit of their warm-up game yesterday and I don’t see them as favorites for this game as we want to start getting rid of the underdog tag, especially if we face India we know they have a very good one and are probably a dangerous team, but so are we.
“They obviously have skills, they’re playing quite an aggressive brand, but ultimately if we stay disciplined and stick to the game plans we’ve made and are able to execute them, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t see them next can’t beat Saturday.” Shukri has logged off. (ANI)

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