FIVE Yorkshire players are heading to the United Arab Emirates this weekend as part of the England Under-19 squad that is contesting a tri-series against Pakistan and hosts UAE.
Pace bowlers Matthew Fisher and Josh Shaw, batsman Jonathan Tattersall, left-arm spinner Karl Carver and all-rounder Will Rhodes are part of a 17-man party that will contest a minimum of six one-day games during the next month.
Martyn Moxon, Yorkshire’s director of cricket, believes the fact that Yorkshire players make up more than one-quarter of the squad is testament to the work being carried out behind the scenes at Headingley.
“We are working tirelessly to produce top-class junior players that have the potential to go on to play senior cricket at first-class level,” he said.
“All five players deserve their selection, and the experience of travelling the world in a national set-up will help the lads develop both on and off the field.
“They will become better cricketers for it and will no doubt be part of our plans in 2014.”
England development programme chairman of selectors David Graveney said: “The England Under-19 programme gives us an opportunity to set high standards and expectations for our future England cricketers.
“To experience a challenging overseas tour is vitally important and all players in the group will be looking to impress and press their case for inclusion in the squad for the ICC Under-19 World Cup next year.”
England squad for next month’s tri-series: Edward Barnard (Worcestershire), Karl Carver (Yorkshire), Joseph Clarke (Worcestershire), Harry Finch (Sussex), Matthew Fisher (Yorkshire), Miles Hammond (Gloucestershire), Ryan Higgins (Middlesex), Robert Jones (Lancashire), Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire), Lewis McManus (Hampshire), Will Rhodes (Yorkshire), Robert Sayer (Leicestershire), Josh Shaw (Yorkshire), Dominic Sibley (Surrey), Jonathan Tattersall (Yorkshire), Jack Winslade (Surrey), Luke Wood (Nottinghamshire).
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