Such gives PEPP talk
Normally when taking youngsters on a trip it is important to bring them home after.
Not so for the Potential England Performance Programme players, whose batsmen and spinners will be left in Sri Lanka for seven weeks following a three-week training camp at Colombo in the New Year.
This period after is by no means a holiday for those who will play first-class cricket while the fast bowlers attend a training camp in India, a current destination for some members of the England Performance Programme.
England lead spin coach Peter Such, who is part of the trip, told ecb.co.uk: “These are the guys who are the next level down, the ones who perhaps just missed out on England Performance Programme selection.
“What we want to do is put something in place for those guys that bridges the gap between the England Under-19s or England Development Programme and the England Performance Programme.
“And again with the emphasis being on the sub-continent we set a programme up in Sri Lanka where we run a three-week training camp for the guys.
“We offer them skills, techniques and information and give them an opportunity to adapt to that environment and then, whilst that training camp is under way, they will have the opportunity to play first-class cricket over in Sri Lanka and then stay on after the training camp to continue playing first-class cricket in Sri Lanka.
“The objective out of that programme is to develop people in terms of playing cricket on the sub-continent so that when they hopefully get there with an England shirt on it’s not a big surprise to them.
“And also it’s a case of, by leaving them out there in a different culture, it’s also very much a personal responsibility agenda and also one of those things where it might well be the case of growing up and looking after themselves.”