U19 Allen praises DFA pro­gramme

Central Leader - - MILESTONES - TORIKA TOKALAU-CHAN­DRA

Auck­land Univer­sity crick­eter Finn Allen has a lot go­ing for him.

The 17-year-old played for the New Zealand team in the U19 ICC World Cup ear­lier this year. He was also the lead­ing runs scorer for his team.

He’s al­ready set his sights on mak­ing the side again for the 2018 World Cup, even go­ing as far as to eye­ing the cap­taincy role.

All of these, he be­lieves, would not be achiev­able if it wasn’t for Auck­land Cricket’s De­vel­op­ment Fu­ture Aces (DFA) pro­gramme. Finn joined the pro­gramme last year.

‘‘Be­ing named in the pro­gramme is a big thing, for me I was so happy. It gets your name out there and se­lec­tors sort of know who to look out for when you play,’’ he says.

‘‘The pro­gramme cov­ers all as­pects of the game - men­tal, phys­i­cal, strength and con­di­tion- ing. For me, it has helped me a lot.’’

The DFA and the De­vel­op­ment Fu­ture Hearts (DFH) pro­grammes are in their third year after Auck­land Cricket de­cided to scrap the win­ter academy sys­tems.

They tar­get play­ers be­tween the ages of 16 and 19 and laced with tal­ent from Eller­slie, Univer­sity, Par­nell, Grafton and Corn­wall clubs.

Auck­land Cricket’s tal­ent iden­ti­fi­ca­tion man­ager Nick White says se­lec­tion is based on abil­ity and traits re­quired for suc­cess at the high­est lev­els in the fu­ture with play­ers re­ceiv­ing spe­cial train­ing.

‘‘Be­ing named in the pro­gramme is a big thing, for me I was so happy.’’

New Zealand U19 cricket player, Finn Allen Finn Allen says be­ing in the DFA pro­gramme has helped him be­come a bet­ter all-round player.

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