In the upcoming ICC U19 World Cup to be played on February 3, Australian all-rounder Aaron Hardie will be replaced by the batsman and wicketkeeper Patrick Rowe.
Hardie suffered a groin injury and will not be able to play in the finals of the U19 World Cup against India. He himself was replacing pacer Jason Ralston.
In a media release by the ICC, Hardie’s replacement was announced. “The ICC has confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2018 has approved right-handed batsman and wicket-keeper Patrick Rowe as a replacement player for Hardie,” the release said.
It also added, “The replacement of a player requires the approval of the Event Technical Committee before the replacement player can be officially added to the squad.”
The Event Technical Committee of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2018 that includes Geoff Allardice (ICC, ETC chairman), Catherine Campbell (Host Nominee), Chris Tetley (ICC representative), Tom Moody and Ian Bishop (both independent nominees) and Brendan Bourke (Host Tournament Director), approved Rowe as the replacement for Hardie.
While both the squads are powerful, players to watch will be-
- Shubham Gill who has performed magnificently with his bat in the entire tournament so far.
- Lloyd Pope who has taken 11 wickets in 4 matches will be another attention grabber.
- Jack Edwards, the youngest in the Australian squad, he was the one to contain team India in his opening match.
- Anukul Roy is the all-rounder who can be relied on. In the last 5 matches, he has taken 12 wickets.
- Shivam Mavi is the bowler who is reeling opponents with his deliveries so far.
India is going into the finals of the U19 World Cup after thumping its arch-rival Pakistan in the semis, while three-time champions Australia entered the finals after thrashing Afghanistan in the semis. Both India and Australia are strong contenders for the title.