Monday, January 8th, 2024


Kadeer Ali has flown out with the England Under-19 squad to South Africa for the 2024 ICC Under-19 Men’s Cricket World Cup which gets underway later this month.

Worcestershire’s Assistant Head Coach will continue in the role of batting coach he operated in for trips to Australia last winter and India last month.

Kadeer will be part of a coaching staff also including Head Coach, Michael Yardy, Paul Franks and Richard Halsall.

England’s opening group fixture is on January 20 against Scotland at the JB Marks Oval, Potchefstroom and they will also play South Africa (January 23) and West Indies (January 26) at the same venue.

Worcestershire Head Coach, Alan Richardson, said: “I’m really pleased for Kads. It is something he did last year, and they loved having him around, and I can never speak highly enough of Kads.

“I am very lucky to have him as part of the support staff, and as Assistant Head Coach, and he just covers so many bases.

“It was a no brainer for them to ask him back again and it just shows how much of an influence he had in his first winter with them.

“For all of the players and coaches, it is always a great opportunity to go away and experience different environments.

“He has got great staff around him in Michael Yardy, Paul Franks and Richard Halsall and he has already come back backs with loads of ideas of how different people operate.

“Kaddy benefits from it hugely and we benefit hugely from it as well as part of Kaddy’s journey. You look at the work he puts in, the notes he makes.”

The tournament was originally scheduled to be played in Sri Lanka but has been switched to South Africa with the final to take place on February 11 at Willowmoore Park, Benoni.

Richardson said: “That changes how you bat, and how you play on different surfaces, so a real good challenge for Kads as well.”