21 Aug 2015

Sport: Fiji cricketers depart for World Cricket League

11:40 am on 21 August 2015

The Fiji men's cricket team depart today for the World Cricket League Six tournament in the United Kingdom.

The Blues last competed in the Cricket Leagues two years ago, finishing fourth in division seven, which has since been scrapped.

Coach Shane Jurgensen admits he doesn't know too much about their upcoming opponents.

"Not a lot actually - it's very hard to get information about these teams. I do have a bit of a general idea: Suriname are from the West Indies region so I might have an idea of what the type of bowling base they will be and anyone from there they're very positive players, so we've got to make sure we do our basics well and restrict runs and they might have a strong spin bowling attack. Botswana, I think the boys played them a couple of years ago so they might have a bit more of an idea and Guernsey are a familiar team and we're just trying to get as much information as possible".

Shane Jurgensen says the Fiji team will have about two weeks to acclimatise to the local conditions, including turf wickets, and hope to get a few practice matches in before the tournament proper gets underway early next month.

Vanuatu are also competing in Essex, and are in the other pool alongside the Cayman Islands, Norway and Saudi Arabia.

Fiji cricket coach Shane Jurgensen

Fiji cricket coach Shane Jurgensen Photo: Cricket Fiji