Dreams Of World Cup Appearance
Shiva Vashishat, captain of the US U/19 team, has said his only dream
is to take his country to the ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup.
He spoke to the ICC website
as his side prepared for the ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier
which begins on 1 September.
How has the team
prepared for the event?
trains and practices in his own league with his own regional coach.
When we come together as a team, we are expected to show professionalism
and meet the fitness requirements provided by the team coaching
staff. Once we get together, we train further, build team chemistry
and mentally prepare ourselves for the tournament.
Vashishat and USACA CEO Don Lockerbie with the National Under-19
What have been
your best games so far?
Our best games
have been against Bermuda and Canada in the Americas U/19 Championships.
They were our toughest competitors so far, and we managed to beat
Bermuda comfortably by 61 runs. Even though we lost to Canada by
62 runs, it was one of our most important games because we learnt
a lot from that match and came out stronger than before. In the
future, we will be better prepared when we face tough opponents
How popular is
cricket with youth in your country?
Cricket is growing
faster than ever in the USA. In the east, cricket has started in
high schools and on the west, the volunteers are working very hard
to promote youth cricket. There are so many youth camps all over
the San Francisco Bay Area, and I am also part of the coaching staff.
Do you dream
of playing in the U/19 World Cup?
My only dream now is to take my country to the ICC U/19 Cricket
World Cup in New Zealand.
Which teams will
provide you with the toughest competition at the event?
I believe every
team in the ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier will provide tough
competition as the teams have all finished in the top two of its
regional divisions to get here.
is it for the USA to be playing in global cricket events?
I believe that
participating in global events is probably the most important factor
in taking USA cricket forward. Global events allow the sport to
be more popular within our country and it also motivates youngsters