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Bracken Here To Help Cricket

  Two-time Cricket World Cup winner for Australia, Nathan Bracken is in the country to assist Cricket Fiji in promoting the sport. Bracken aims to rebuild and revive the sport
04 Nov 2017 12:05
Bracken Here  To Help Cricket
Former Australian International cricketer, Nathan Bracken will be the Chief Guest at Cricket Fiji Awards night in Suva on November 4, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

 

Two-time Cricket World Cup winner for Australia, Nathan Bracken is in the country to assist Cricket Fiji in promoting the sport.

Bracken aims to rebuild and revive the sport to get the recognition it deserves.

“I believe over the years Fiji’s ranking in this sport has slipped and I am here to help in rebuilding cricket. I am excited to be in Fiji and I’m grateful to be given the opportunity,” Bracken said at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva yesterday..

“I am here to bring back the trust in the players. I have been watching local games and aim to help in some of the things they can do to improve apart from the regular coaching and training.

“And it all about teaching the basics and acquiring those skills and it will take time.

“For instance with Bangladesh it took them awhile to be part of the top ranked teams in the world. They were on a rebuilding programme over the years.

They recently beat Australia so basically it is all about achieving the smaller goals and slowly working towards the bigger ones.”

Cricket Fiji development officer, Joe Rika was pleased to have Bracken along with Ajay Bhai Amrit to assist in promoting the sport in the country.

“I think it is one of the biggest achievements for Cricket Fiji,” Rika said.

“Also, having Ajay on board as the Goodwill Ambassador of Cricket Fiji is massive for us.”

Meanwhile, Amrit said he wants to increase awareness around the country.

“When I was approached to be the Goodwill Ambassador, I totally had no idea about the existence of cricket in Fiji” Amrit said.

“But the hard work that Cricket Fiji has put in to promote this sport is very encouraging.

“Since last year we have 33,000 school children participate in cricket programmes in 160 schools and six special schools across the country.”

Edited by Osea  Bola

Feedback:   grace.narayan@fijisun.com.fj

 



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