Major League Cricket (MLC) will deploy its Bay Area-based mentors to deliver a high-performance training program for players on the USA Women’s Under-19 roster ahead of the inaugural ICC Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup next year.
Over the next three months, players involved in the program will be paired with an MLC mentor to assist in fast-tracking their skill development and game awareness ahead of this historic event, with the United States grouped alongside Australia, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka for the pool stages of the event.
The program will be led by Major League Cricket’s National Development Coach Rusty Theron, with the selected players working with experienced MLC specialist coaches Carmi Le Roux, Shehan Jayasuriya and Unmukt Chand.
Le Roux will work with Suhani Thadani and Trisha Bhima, Jayasuriya with Chetnaa Prasad and Laasya Mullapudi and Chand with Isani Vaghela and Anika Kolan. Five of the six players have already represented the USA at senior level and were part of the squad that defeated the West Indies 4-1 in Florida earlier this year. Each athlete will participate in two personalized skill development sessions each week in addition to one group training session. The sessions will be conducted at the Bay Area’s premier indoor training center U.S. Cricket Store along with the turf and hybrid pitches located at Morgan Hill and Santa Clara.
“The inaugural ICC Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup represents a significant occasion for Women’s Cricket in the US and Major League Cricket is committed to fast-tracking the development of the sport as a whole in the United States,” said Rusty Theron, National Development Coach, Major League Cricket. “The opportunity for some of the most promising prospects in women’s cricket nationwide to work with MLC mentors is exciting and we are delighted that MLC can support their development over the next three months ahead of that historic global event.”
The program will commence this week and continue through until the ICC Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup to be held in South Africa in mid-January.