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Winter Sports in Japan
|Mark McTamney writes:
FIRSTS IN JAPAN
Hot and sunny weather was the order of the day for the
inaugural National team trials held in Fuji on June 1 and 2. This
was an historic couple a days in the history of Japanese cricket for many
reasons. The first being that it was the first time national trials
have ever been held with almost every team from Japan having the opportunity
to nominate players. Players from as far a field as Fukuoka and Sendai
were in attendance. Secondly, was that it was the first time foreign
players were eligible for the national team following a decision by the
JCA (Japan Cricket Association) in February. (Foreign players had
to have fulfilled the 5-year residency and current visa status requirements
before attending the camp)
Another first was the opportunity to play on a new ground.
A lack of places to play cricket is one of the reasons that cricket is
not developing as quickly as in other countries. The flixi-pitch
system of cricket is one such way around this problem. A flixi-pitch
can be easily transported and set up on any existing baseball or soccer
ground. The bounce was fairly true and most players were very happy
with the way it played over the two days.
About 40 players attended the trial over the two days.
Saturday saw some drill work and two games of “eights”. Following
the success of the National team in Perth at the East-Asia Pacific tournament
in February, many of the players who went on that trip were able to show
some of the skills they picked up in Australia. Sunday was more of
a traditional trial with two games of “conventional” 35-over cricket.
All games had a mixture of foreign players and Japanese
players, experience, and skill levels. An ability to “get on” with
other players is one key criterion the selectors were looking for among
ten other points that were covered before the trial began on Saturday morning.
The selectors (Mark McTamney and Robb McKenna) now have
the difficult task of selecting a twenty-man squad for the 2002 season.
This team will be announced at the beginning of July and will be posted
to the both the Japanese cricket homepage and the ICC homepage along with
a proposed itinerary.
Thanks must go to Anton McCloy for giving up his weekend
to come and umpire and also to Naoaki Saida for his part in organizing
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