Wijay Senathirajah, Junior Coordinator and Manager of the Canada U/19 squad, believes that his team has learnt from its past mistakes and will emerge the top side at the ICC Americas U/19 Qualifier.
The hosts lost to Bermuda by 13 runs in the ICC Americas U/19 Qualifier in 2007 which cost them the championship.
How has the team prepared for the event?
We prepared ourselves by having indoor match practice during winter and outdoor practice with the senior Canada team including warm-up games. The team practiced for 3-5 days every week including fitness training.
Who are your key players in the team?
Captain Rustum Bhatti is already a veteran on the cricket field - he has skippered the U/15 squad and represented Canada at the senior level. He will be getting excellent opening support from Ruvindu Gunasekera, a leading run getter in 2007 and also a member of Canada's senior squad. Vice captain Hiral Patel, Usman Limbada and Darious D'Sousa are other names expected to shine.
Do you dream of playing in the World Cup?
Yes, playing in the World Cup will be our ultimate goal and we will be working hard to achieve that.
Will playing on your home ground prove to be an added advantage?
Yes, it will prove to be advantageous since we will know how the pitch conditions are better than other teams.
You were placed second in the last two editions of the tournament. Will you be looking forward to improve on your chances in this edition?
Yes, we are looking forward to win the tournament this time around and the team has been preparing well physically and mentally for success.