Lancashire Cricket announces Academy intake for 2021
Five players have joined the Lancashire Cricket Academy squad for the 2021 season
Lancashire Cricket is delighted to announce its new Boys Academy intake for the 2021 season – with five players joining the set-up.
The Boys Academy will be made up of 14 players with first years Cian Dickinson, Alexander Selby, Arav Shetty, Ben Walkden and Harvey Walker joining the current group.
The squad led by Head of Talent Pathway, Chris Benbow, came together recently to begin a winter training programme in the Trafford Cricket Centre at Emirates Old Trafford.
Performance Director Mark Chilton, Performance Coach Karl Krikken are also part of the Academy support staff, along with Steven Croft. Graham Onions and Richard Gleeson will also be on hand to support the fast bowling programme.
Boys Academy Intake 2021:
Cian Dickinson, 16 – Spin Bowling Allrounder (Scarborough College)
Alexander Selby, 18 – Slow Left Arm / Right Hand Bat (Oldham Hulme Grammar School)
Arav Shetty, 16 – Right Hand Bat / Off Spin Bowler (Manchester Grammar School)
Ben Walkden, 18 – Right Hand Bat / Right Arm Pace Bowler (Myerscough College)
Harvey Walker, 16 – Right Arm Pace Bowler / Right Hand Bat (Shrewsbury School)
Boys Academy Squad 2021:
Tom Aspinwall, George Bell, Josh Boyden, Cian Dickinson, JJ Fielding, Matthew Hurst, Subhaan Mahmood, Alec McLoughlin, Alexander Selby, Arav Shetty, Harry Singh, Harvey Walker, Ben Walkden, Luke Young.
Head of Talent Pathway, Chris Benbow, said: “Congratulations to the new intake of players on their selection.
“We know with the amount of international and county First-Class cricket on offer, there will be more opportunity at the top level for our county pathway players. With the introduction of The Hundred in 2021 we’re going to need our Academy players to be ready to step up and have a positive impact and contribute to winning games of cricket for Lancashire.
“To move forward quickly, the Academy players must become used to being put in uncomfortable situations, we need them working outside of their comfort zones and constantly being challenged. We always aim to produce intelligent cricketers, who will embrace and enjoy the whole Academy experience.
“It's very important that our programme is tailored to each individual’s skill requirements. This maximises the chances of an Academy player reaching the highest levels of the game.”
Director of Cricket, Paul Allot, added: “The Lancashire Academy forms an essential and very important link in the progression of our County Age Group Cricketers and Emerging Player Programme towards full-time professional cricketers.
“There is more opportunity than ever for the top quality talent in the Academy to make the move into First-Class cricket but not without considerable hard work and application.
“Best of luck to everyone on the Academy intake this year and here is to a hugely successful step along the way to representing Lancashire at First Team level.”