Bangalore, Aug 2: Zimbabwe's Brendan Taylor has praised ICC Under-19 World Cup and called it a "great concept" which helps to find talent cricketers.
Taylor, who played in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2002 in New Zealand and smashed a 100 not out against Nepal in the Plate Championship final which his side won by 137 runs. Today, Taylor is the man at the helms of affairs in the Zimbabwe cricket team and is one of the most respected captains in the world.
This year's tournament begins on August 11 in Australia.
Talking about the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup, Taylor said in a ICC media release, "Any player that gets to U19 level has obviously got his mind set on representing his country at the highest level.
"It is a fantastic event that the ICC puts in place to help groom younger players and finds talent all around the world. It certainly played a huge part in my career. You see the quality in U19 cricket and a year or two later they are in the national set up which makes it a great concept."
Taylor said he will be following the performance of the Zimbabwe U19 side. "I'm not sure if the event will be televised in Zimbabwe but I can assure you that I will be following it closely on websites.
"Zimbabwe Cricket has made a good effort in developing the youth and getting them through the levels. It will make my job a lot easier in the future if we can get players coming through the system which will then allow them to represent the country at the highest level.
"My advice to the players will be to play hard. Know that you have done the hard work and enjoy yourselves because it is a great tournament," Taylor concluded.