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2015 World Cup: Former Peterite Star Andri Berenger will open for UAE

Posted on 07 February 2015 by admin

BERENGER-AndriFormer St. Peter’s College and Sri Lanka Youth cricketer Andri Berenger has qualified to represent the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at the forthcoming World Cup in Australia-New Zealand. He will become the only cricketer to represent two countries in two World Cups having played with the Sri Lanka team at the 2010 Under-19 Youth World Cup in New Zealand.Berenger will open the batting for UAE who are coached by former Pakistan fast bowler Aquib Javad.Berenger has represented the UAE in four ODIs and has an average of 38 with two half centuries.The UAE team last featured in a competition against the Pakistan A team and lost the series 3-2. Berenger made a highest score of 77 in the series and was adjudged man of the match in a game the UAE won.


Now 23, Berenger showed plenty of promise at St. Peter’s College but for some reason did not make the higher grade after representing Sri Lanka in the Under-19 Youth World Cup.


In 2009 he was the best all-island U-17 player scoring four hundreds and in the following year was adjudged the best wicket-keeper batsman. Berenger has also bagged a corporate sponsorship from sports equipment marketer Head.


UAE opener Andri Berenger has set himself a target of scoring a hundred in the World Cup, following his fine half-century in his team’s six-wicket victory over Central Districts on Thursday. The 23-year-old struck 78, while vice-captain Khurram Khan smashed 66 as the UAE chased 251 inside 42 overs in their practice game at Nelson Park, New Zealand.


“My goal is to score at least one century in the World Cup,” he said, who arrived with his team-mates in Australia yesterday for their final two-warm up games against the co-hosts (February 11) and Afghanistan two days later.

“The first two matches are against Zimbabwe and Ireland and I feel there’s not much difference between the two sides, so scoring a century is definitely possible.

“This innings will be a big confidence boost for me to score some big runs ahead of the World Cup.”


Berenger is no stranger to the conditions in New Zealand having been part of Sri Lanka’s squad that reached the Under-19 World Cup semi-finals in 2010.


Berenger played for St. Peter’s College in 2009 and 2010 and also represented Sri Lanka in the Under-19 World Cup Semi-Finals in 2010.

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