Seven NSW emerging male cricketers have been selected to attend the 2018 Cricket Australia Pathways Rookie Camp.
NSW has the highest intake of any state, with Under 17 title-winning NSW Metro captain Oliver Davies, Sam Fanning, Dominic O’Shannessy, Tanveer Sangha, Liam Scott, Brad Simpson and Ajay Singh all attending the camp for players aged 14 to 17.
It will run from 14-18 January at the Bupa National Cricket Centre in Brisbane.
This will be the third edition of the camp, which was first run in 2016, and designed to give the country’s rising stars an early insight into life as a professional cricketer.
Seven players from the first two editions of the Rookie Camp are now on state contracts including New South Wales batsman Jason Sangha, who is a Blues rookie.
The 24-player squad for the camp was selected from the wider 53-player Pathways Rookie Squad following the Under 17 National Championships played in Queensland in September and October.
Among this year’s Pathways Rookie Squad invitees are nine members of the Cricket Australia XI squad which will compete at the Under 19 National Championships in Tasmania, commencing on December Monday.
Six of the nine are from NSW, Davies, O’Shannessy, Singh, William Fort, Glenn Winsor and Harry Manenti.
The championships, which run from 4 - 15 December, will see five rounds of matches played in Hobart and three in Launceston - with the first CA National Championships day-night fixture to be played at Launceston’s UTAS Stadium, when Victoria Metro face Tasmania on 8 December.
Ten teams will compete in the tournament while a 15-player Australia squad will be named at the back-end of the tournament to compete at the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup in New Zealand from 13 January - 3 February.
A preliminary World Cup squad of 28 players has been named, however players who perform well at the Under 19 National Championships can come into consideration for World Cup selection.
Two more exciting opportunities also beckon for Australia’s emerging talent, with the second BBL Pathways Curtain-Raiser between the Ponting XII and Gilchrist XII confirmed for 5 January ahead of the Brisbane Heat v Perth Scorchers match at The Gabba in Brisbane, and a three-match Youth ODI series announced against Pakistan from 27 - 31 December at The Albert Ground in Melbourne.