Irish umpire Roland Black appointed to officiate in the ICC Men’s Under-19s World Cup
DUBLIN – Irish elite umpire Roland Black has been confirmed as a standing official at the upcoming ICC Men’s Under-19s World Cup in January in the Caribbean.
Black, who has been umpiring since 2006, is one of four members of Cricket Ireland’s International Umpires Panel, as well as part of the Irish first-class umpire panel. He stood as an umpire at the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier in 2019 and at the ICC Men’s Under-19s World Cup in South Africa in 2020.
The 2022 tournament will be held between 14 January and 5 February. Ireland Under-19s Men’s squad qualified for the event in September (see squad announcement).
Speaking from home, Black said:
“I am really looking forward to the opportunity – being able to focus on my umpiring for a sustained period allows me the chance to work on improving and fine-tuning my game. I’ll admit, not waking up to dark cold January mornings will also be a bonus!”
“I fly to St Kitts and Nevis on New Year’s Day and expect to enter hotel quarantine for several days. If all goes well, I will then meet up with the rest of the officiating team for pre-tournament preparations and workshops. I am yet to find out exactly which matches I will be standing in, but I know is the four locations within the Caribbean the event will be held, and the ICC will release schedules - including practice matches - closer to the tournament.”
Black has never visited the Caribbean, let alone umpired there, so is excited by the challenge:
“I have never been to this part of the world before, so I’m looking forward to the opportunity of umpiring across the four host countries. I really enjoy visiting new grounds for the first time and I had a good long chat the other day with [English umpire] Ian Gould, to try and tap into his knowledge of umpiring in the Caribbean during his career. I was keen to get an idea of how the pitches will play, what to expect with the weather and the logistics and challenges of traveling between the different countries.”
“I officiated at the last Under-19s World Cup in South Africa at the start of 2020, so I will look to build on those experiences. An Under-19s World Cup is an opportunity for future stars to show what they can do, and in South Africa I made a note of five players across the tournament who really impressed me. It has been interesting to watch their progress from a distance as these names appear in T20 domestic competitions or gain selection to their full international teams.”
“To umpire at an event like this allows me the chance to work with officials from across the world. Any small tips I pick up that I believe will be of benefit, I will bring back and share with my umpiring colleagues in Ireland.”
In latest news, the Ireland Men’s Under-19s squad and coaching staff have all passed their pre-departure COVID tests and will fly out tomorrow to the Caribbean.
Ireland secured qualification to the event by winning the ICC Under-19s Men’s World Cup European Qualifier in September.
The tournament will be held between 14 January and 5 February 2022, with 16 teams competing for the title that is considered the pinnacle for youth cricketers across the world. The competition features four groups of four teams, with the top two from each group progressing to the Super League stage of the tournament to decide the tournament winner. Teams finishing in third and fourth place in each group enter a Plate play-off.
Ireland Under-19s Group Stage fixtures are:
• 15 January: Ireland Under-19s v Uganda Under-19s (Everest Cricket Club, Guyana)
• 19 January: Ireland Under-19s v India Under-19s (Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad and Tobago)
• 21 January: Ireland Under-19s v South Africa Under-19s (Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad and Tobago)
A warm-up programme preceding the tournament will be announced shortly.
A full fixture schedule for the event can be found here: https://www.icc-cricket.com/u19-world-cup/fixtures
The Ireland Under-19s Squad
The core World Cup squad consists of 15 players, while one travelling reserve and two non-travelling reserves have also been named in line with Covid-19 protocols.
The Ireland Under-19s Men’s squad is:
Tim Tector (captain) (YMCA), Diarmuid Burke (Malahide), Joshua Cox (Paul Roos Gymnasium), Jack Dickson (Instonians), Liam Doherty (St. Andrew’s School), Jamie Forbes (YMCA), Daniel Forkin (Merrion), Matthew Humphreys (Lisburn), Philippe le Roux (Railway Union), Scott Macbeth (St. Johnston), Nathan McGuire (Rush), Muzamil Sherzad (North Kildare), David Vincent (Clontarf), Luke Whelan (North County), Reuben Wilson (YMCA).
Travelling reserve: Robbie Millar (Eglinton)
Ryan Hunter (CSNI), Ewan Wilson (Muckamore)
The coach and support staff:
Peter Johnston (Head Coach), Beth Healy (Team Manager), Jay Shelat (Performance Analyst), Darren Nicol (Physiotherapist), Simon Johnston (Assistant Coach), Albert van der Merwe (Assistant Coach).