Thursday, March 14th, 2024


Worcestershire Assistant Head Coach, Kadeer Ali, says being part of the England coaching team for the ICC Under-19 World Cup in South Africa was another “amazing learning experience” in his own development as a coach.

Kadeer was England’s Batting Coach for the tournament after also holding the role for last year’s series in Australia and the pre-World Cup matches in India.

He was able to pick the brains and share knowledge with his fellow England and opposition coaches which he believes can only be of benefit to himself as he now focuses on preparing for the 2024 season with Worcestershire.

Kadeer said: “It was an incredible opportunity to be part of the Under 19 World Cup. There was some really exciting talent on show, an amazing stage for all young players across the world to showcase their talent.

“Personally, it was great to work with different coaches in a new environment, which contributed to my development as a coach.

“Interacting with coaches like Paul Franks, Min Patel, Chris Benbow, and Michael Yardy, three of whom I hadn’t known well before, was amazing.

“Engaging in discussions about the game and learning from their experiences at their respective counties was invaluable.

“It was fantastic to have the chance to work with some of the finest young batters in the country at this level.

“Overall, it was a highly rewarding experience on a personal level.”

England qualified from their initial group but were unable to progress from the Super Sixes.

Kadeer said: “The format differed slightly from what we’re accustomed to. Points in the first group stage are carried over to the next round, but those earned by non-qualifying teams are not retained.

“The group stage was crucial for the three teams advancing, positioning them well for the next round.

“Regrettably, we narrowly lost a key group match against West Indies. Had the outcome been in our favour, our prospects for the Super Six stage would have been different, likely requiring just one win out of two to secure a spot in the semi-finals.

“This was a key lesson for all of us that tournament cricket you can’t afford to miss opportunities.”