Kumble to captain Oman U19 at ICC Asia WC qualifiers

Prathamesh Kumble will lead Oman at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Asia Qualifier Division One in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, starting on April 12.

Kumble, who had led the team during the Asia Qualifier Division Two last year, has been entrusted the responsibility once again as Oman seeks to make history by qualifying for the ICC U19 World Cup, scheduled in South Africa next year.

Oman had finished as joint winners with Kuwait during the Division Two Qualifiers after the final ended in a tie.

Oman and Kuwait join in the final stretch of qualifying campaign as they join UAE, Nepal, Malaysia and Singapore with the winner along with other four other regional division one winners from Europe, Africa, Americas and EAP, joining the 11 automatic qualifiers from the 2018 edition – Afghanistan,

Australia Bangladesh, England, India, new Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies.

Ahead of the Malaysia qualifiers, Oman Cricket appointed former Indian cricketer Ghulam Parkar as the coach. He will be assisted by Omani coach Pervez Abdul Qadir al Balushi while Sher Mohammed will be the manager.

The 63 year old Parkar, who played one Test and ten ODIs for India, said, “We will be trying our very best to win in Malaysia.

“My whole effort will be to make sure Oman plays positive and attacking cricket and win with bigger margins. Our boys have the talent to score runs and take wickets. My task is to convert these into wins.”

Squad: Prathamesh Kumble (captain), Joel Baiju (vice-captain, wicketkeeper), Adeel Abbas, Mohammed Sameer, Muhammed Muzahir Raza, Neev Poojari, Azam Ali, Yash Mehta, Jeel Tanna, Sami al Balushi, Amanpreet Singh Sirah, Sanjaya Raj Ravindra, Joshin Vincent, Arjun Rajesh.

Oman’s fixtures: April 12: vs Kuwait, April 13: vs Malaysia, April 15: vs Singapore, April 16: vs Nepal, April 18: vs UAE.

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