New South Wales underage stars Jason Sangha and Param Uppal will be among three players given the opportunity to captain the Australian Under 19 team for the upcoming six-match series against Sri Lanka in Hobart.
They join Victorian all-rounder Will Sutherland, who has the first opportunity lead the team, taking the reins for the three-day match commencing on Saturday.
Leadership opportunities for Sangha and Uppal will take place during the five one-day matches that follow.
All three are eligible to be selected for the 2018 ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup in New Zealand.
Sangha, 17, is a NSW Blues and Sydney Thunder rookie, who this season has represented the Cricket Australia XI at the Matador BBQs Cup and in a tour game against Pakistan, and the Prime Minister’s XI against Sri Lanka.
A skilful right-hand batsman, Sangha has previously scored a century at international under-19s level for Australia.
Australia Under 19s coach Matthew Elliott said. “In some things we did at the CA Rookie Camp, Jason showed a lot of skills that we really liked.
“We want to give him the opportunity to captain and get him to understand how the mechanics of captaincy works. We’re really excited with what he might be able to show in that role.”
Uppal, 18, is the oldest of the three captains and a classy batting all-rounder.
He starred for NSW Metro at the recent under-19 championships with 370 runs, the equal-third most of any player at the carnival.
“Param’s a very skilful player, and he’s captained a lot of his underage teams,” Elliott said.
“He’s got some experience there in captaining junior teams, and we want to give him that exposure and see how he performs.”
“There’s lots of good candidates, lots of guys that have shown really good captaincy skills in the Pathways system.
“We just want to share those opportunities around.
“The main thing for these guys is to understand the pressures that come with captaincy and understand a little bit more about dealing with their teammates and being able to manage them under pressure situations in games, and how they personally respond as well.”