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Japan national under-19 cricket team

The Japan Under-19 cricket team represents Japan in Under-19 cricket players at the international level.

Japan Under-19
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CaptainMarcus Thurgate
CoachDhugal Bedingfield
OwnerJapan Cricket Association

Japan participated in the East Asia-Pacific Regional Under-19 Qualifier for the first time since 2011. In their three prior appearances - 2007, 2009 and 2011 - Japan had only won one of 11 matches, a 24-run win over Fiji.

It took part in the 2020 Under-19 Cricket World Cup qualification ICC East Asia-Pacific tournament as hosts, held at Sano International Cricket Ground in Sano, Japan [1] Japan defeated Samoa by 174 runs in the first game, Vanuatu by 70 runs in the second game, and Fiji by 4 wickets in the third game to be undefeated heading into the final round-robin game against Papua New Guiena.[2] Papua New Guinea was also undefeated, meaning the winner would go through to the Under-19 World Cup. Before the match, 11 PNG players were suspended by Cricket PNG for violating the code of conduct. This meant that Papua New Guinea had to forfeit the game and Japan qualified for the Under-19 World Cup for the first time in its history.[3][4]


In April 2019, the following cricketers were selected to represent Japan Under -19 Cricket team for 2020 Under ICC U19 Cricket World Cup EAP Qualifier.[5]

Japan U19 National Team (14 players):

  • Max Clements (Wildcats)
  • Neel Date (Chiba My-Ys Cricket Club) (VC)
  • Kento Dobell (Wendouree Cricket Club)
  • Ishaan Fartyal (Chiba My-Ys Cricket Club)
  • Sora Ichiki (Akishima Aviators Cricket Club)
  • Leon Mehlig (Lions Cricket Club)
  • Masato Morita (Akishima Aviators Cricket Club)
  • Shu Noguchi (Sano Braves)
  • Yugandhar Retharekar (Chiba My-Ys Cricket Club)
  • Debashish Sahoo (Chiba My-Ys Cricket Club)
  • Reiji Suto (Sano Braves)
  • Kazumasa Takahashi (Sano Braves)
  • Ashley Thurgate (Chiba My-Ys Cricket Club)
  • Marcus Thurgate (Chiba My-Ys Cricket Club) (C)

Reserve Players:

  • Mohsin Jan (Tohoku Cricket Association)
  • Riku Obikane (Akishima Aviators Cricket Club)
  • Aoto Okajima (Akishima Aviators Cricket Club)
  • Shotaro Takahashi (Sano Braves)


  1. ^ "Next generation target U19 Cricket World Cup qualification". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  2. ^ "ICC Under-19 World Cup Qualifier East Asia-Pacific Region". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Sport: PNG forfeits U19 Cricket World Cup chance". RNZ. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Japan qualify for 2020 U-19 World Cup after Papua New Guinea forfeiture". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Team for ICC U19 Cricket World Cup EAP Qualifier Announced". Japan Cricket Association. Retrieved 8 June 2019.