A provisional squad of 20 players has been training at the Muhimbili Cricket Academy in Dar es Salaam for the past one month under coaches, Hamis Abdallah and Khalil Rhemtulla.
The players were selected from this year’s regional U-19 event, which took place in the city last month and brought together teams from Arusha, Morogoro and hosts Dar es Salaam.
Abdallah, who is also Tanzania Cricket Association (TCA) senior development officer, said the final squad will be made up of 14 players and will be under Rhemtulla.
The players forming the provisional squad have also formed two outfits that are participating in the Kazim Nasser Memorial Challenge organised by the Dar es Salaam Regional Cricket Committee (DRCC).
The outfits, Amateur Bongos and TCA U19, are battling it out in the Division B of the tournament and will, this weekend, eye qualification for the event’s last eight’s stage.
Tanzania’s U-19 youngsters are expected to face Sierra Leone in one of the opening matches at ground B of the Sahara Park Willowmoore venue on September 10.
The day will also see Zambia come up against Botswana at the main ground and Nigeria lock horns with Ghana at ground A.
Tanzania will then confront Nigeria on September 11 and the day’s other games will see Sierra Leone play Zambia and Rwanda face Botswana.
September 16 has been set as a rest day for all of the participating teams and Tanzania will, again, not be in action the following day, in which Ghana will lock horns with Botswana, Zambia will have a date against Nigeria and Sierra Leone will confront Rwanda.
Tanzania will wind up their campaign in the tournament by playing Zambia at the main ground. Rwanda will play Ghana at ground A and Sierra Leone will confront Botswana at ground B.