Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Worcs Academy Paceman Charters Part Of Fiji Under-19 World Cup Squad

Worcs Academy Paceman Charters Part Of Fiji Under-19 World Cup Squad

Worcestershire CCC Academy player Jack Charters is part of Fiji's squad for the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh.

County paceman Charters was part of the Fiji side beaten yesterday by England in their opening match in the tournament.

But the whole experience will be of massive benefit to the Malvern College pupil who is in the middle of his second year as part of the Academy at New Road and whose potential was spotted by the County during net sessions at Malvern.

Worcestershire Academy coach Elliot Wilson said: "It will be a wonderful experience for him to play at that level of cricket. There are serious cricketers at the tournament, the best cricketers in the world at that level.

"For him to be eligible to play for Fiji, and not compromise his status as an English cricketer to play professional cricket here at Worcestershire moving forwards, it will be another challenge for him to bank that will help him develop into the cricketer we hope he can be.

"For that, we are really supportive of the guys at Fiji Cricket and we've wished him all the best and hope it goes well. He is keeping in touch with the odd message and we wish him well for a great tournament."

Wilson says Charters is playing catch-up in terms of the cricket he has under his belt.

He said: "Jack is a fast bowler, he is a rugby convert. he is quite a physical speciment, 6 feet, 3 inches , 6 feet, 4 inches, a big tall lad. He has really looked after his body physically the last couple of years and got himself into really good nick and he is a right arm, medium fast opening bowler.

"He is very raw in terms of having not played the amount of cricket most 16-year-olds have because he was all over the place with sport at school and travelling backwards and forwards to see his family in Fiji during the summer holidays

"He is a 16-year-old with a 12-year-old cricket background in terms of the amount of cricket he has played so he is catching up very quickly and doing as well as he is now without that cricket behind him so we are really hopeful of him turning into a high quality fast bowler over the next three to four years."

Wilson added: "He arrived at Malvern College as this giant of a boy at 14 who, with being from Fiji, everyone thought 'rugby, running through people' but he didn't like rugby contact but enjoyed bowling fast and hitting people on the head.

"It was incredibly raw but something there to be excited about. We spent a bit of time with him at Malvern College and then looked around to where we were with our fast bowling stocks and we looked at the potential with Jack and we are investing some real time in that and see where we get to."