Friday, 11 April 2014
Two students on the University of Worcester’s Cricket Coaching and Management course have been selected to represent their countries in upcoming international fixtures.
George Agius has been named as part of the Malta squad for a Twenty20 tournament in June, while Jess Ward (pictured) has been chosen to play for Wales women in the Indoor World Cup, which will take place in New Zealand in the Autumn.
Both are first year students on the BSc (Hons) Cricket Coaching and Management programme, which gives students an insight into cricket coaching, development and management through theoretical and practical experience.
George, who already has nine international caps to his name after making his debut in 2012, will represent Malta against host nation Hungary, Poland and Dubai in what is an ICC (International Cricket Council) Development League tournament.
He explains: “Most European countries have a cricket team, and so far I have played against the likes of Spain, Croatia, Russia and Hungary. Malta isn’t the biggest of nations, but it has a long tradition of playing cricket, stretching back to the Victorian times.
“Twenty20 is the shortest, most explosive form of the game, and my role as an opening bowler is to restrict the amount of runs the opposition are able to score early on in their innings.
“I am very proud to be selected to play international cricket. I have a passion for cricket and for coaching, and I want to use the experience I gain through playing at international level to assist me in my coaching career and in helping me pass on my knowledge to others.”
Later on in the year, Jess, who recently received a University Scholarship to aid her with her international ambitions, will fly to New Zealand with her Wales team-mates to contest indoor cricket’s showpiece event.
She says: “I am so proud to be able to say that I will be representing my country at a World Cup competition. I have put in a lot of hard work to prove that I am capable of doing well in the tournament, but now the even harder work begins.”