WORTHING Cricket Club leg-spinner Mason Crane has been named in the England Development Programme for 2014-2015.
The 18-man EDP squad was announced yesterday and features players from across the under-17 and under-19 age groups. It represents the first intake of players to be overseen by the ECB’s new head of the England Development Programme, Andy Hurry.
The squad will take part in a series of short training camps at the National Cricket Performance Centre (NCPC) in Loughborough, before embarking on an overseas development camp to the subcontinent in December, and touring in Australia in March and April, ahead of the start of the English season.
Crane received his first call-up to the EDP under-17 squad in August, when England took on Pakistan. The Lancing College pupil also plays for Hampshire and regularly featured for their 2nd XI this year.
England Development Programme chairman of selectors, David Graveney, said: “The composition of the 2014-2015 EDP squad represents a change in direction for the England Development Programme, with the under-19 and under-17 age groups fully combined for the first time.
“This move has created one smaller squad of players for Andy Hurry and the rest of the coaching staff at the NCPC to work with more closely, and simultaneously gives the county academies greater ownership in developing their young players moving forwards.
“We believe that we have selected an outstanding 18-man EDP squad, and I am especially excited by the wealth of young talent currently coming through the development pathway.
“This group of players will now get the opportunity to take part in a training camp on the subcontinent before Christmas, followed by a challenging tour to Australia in March and April next year, providing two fantastic learning experiences of playing in contrasting conditions and environments.”