~~Balanced team, confident of doing well in U-19 WC~~
Published: Wednesday, December 26, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
Patel to lead India's under-19 World Cup team
England in India
Ahemdabad: Parthiv Patel, captain of the Under-19 team for the World Cup to be played in New Zealand in January, on Wednesday described the composition of the team as 'balanced' and hoped that it would do well in the tournament. "There were quite a few all-rounders and good players like Y Ganeswara Rao and Manvinder Bisla in the 14-member squad," Parthiv said while speaking to reporters at a reception in Ahemdabad hosted by Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) in honour of Parthiv and Siddharth Trivedi selected for the World Cup. Parthiv had captained India Under-17 team, which won the Asia (ACC/ICC) Cup in Dhaka in 2001. Asked what problems did he foresee for him and other team members on the bouncy and fast pitches of New Zealand, Parthiv, who is a wicket-keeper and an opening batsman, said, "We had 18 days camp in Bangalore and Chennai and I think the preparation will stand each and every team member in a good stead." Meanwhile, Narhari Amin, vice president of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and president of Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA), while extending his best wishes to the Indian team, described Parthiv and Siddharth (who is a fast bowler), as extremely talented and as probables for India XI in the future.