Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Wilson: Charters Will Reap Benefits Of Playing Under-19 World Cup

Wilson: Charters Will Reap Benefits Of Playing Under-19 World Cup

Elliot Wilson says Worcestershire Academy player Jack Charters can only reap the benefits of playing in the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh.

Malvern College pupil Charters is only 16 but played in four matches for Fiji in the tournament including games against England and West Indies – plus Zimbabwe and Canada – in addition to two warm-up matches against South Africa and Scotland.

Hong Kong born Charters, who qualifies for Fiji because his mother was born there, will be eligible still for the next Under-19 World Cup in two years time.

But before then the paceman will be looking to make an impact for the County Academy for whom he is mid-way through a second year.

Academy coach Wilson said: "I've not caught up with Jack because he has only been back at school three or four days and I wanted to give him a chance to get back into school life having been away for a month.

"But it sounds like from afar that he has had a really good experience. He certainly looks in good order.

"We had a group Academy session on Sunday and he looked in a really good place.

"But the experience of playing in a World Cup for Fiji, against England and the other sides they played against, can only have been good for him.

"Jack is only 16. He can play in the next Under-19 World Cup as well. He is doing very well for someone so young. "He is raw talent but he is a talent nonetheless. He has got some characteristics going for him as a fast bowler.

"He is turning himself in a very good athlete and we are very hopeful in terms of where he progresses over the next 18 months."

Wilson added: "Will he play second team cricket this summer? For Jack, it might be a year early. For all the lads, that's their aspiration – whether they are 14, 15, 16, 17 or 18.

"They all want to put a case forward to play second team cricket and a situation may well come up or his performance may well dictate he plays.

"But at the present moment, we are keen for him to dominate some Under-17 county cricket and to perform strongly in Under-19 and Academy cricket."

*We will be featuring an interview with Jack Charters on the Worcestershire CCC website during the next few days.