2 Mar 2015

Sport: Fiji cricket coach to use 'inside knowledge' at World Cup

1:18 pm on 2 March 2015

Fiji cricket coach Shane Jurgensen hopes that some inside knowledge will play into their hands at next year's Under 19 World Cup.

Fiji confirmed their spot in Bangladesh by winning the East Asia Pacific Trophy last week, completing a clean sweep of their Pacific rivals.

Shane Jurgensen spent two and a half years with the Bangladesh national team, including 18 months as head coach, before resigning last year.

He says that local knowledge can only help Fiji's preparations.

"I suppose when you go to the sub-continent it's all the little things that you don't expect and that's probably where I might have my advantage with the boys' preparation: understanding the conditions, the weather, that time of the year, what the wickets will be like and obviously the sub-continent you need to learn to play more spin. We've got a really young group here - we've got boys who are nearly as tall as me but they're still only 15/16 and a couple of 17 year olds so that's going to be a whole new world for them, going to Bangladesh, and that's certainly an area where I will certainly be able to help the boys out".

Papua New Guinea could yet join their Pacific neighbours at the World Cup after beating Vanuatu on Saturday to qualify for a global repecharge event later this year.