Academy Director Kevin Innes has revealed the 2023 Northamptonshire Academy squad.
The Academy forms the final step of the Club’s Talent Pathway and has consistently seen players progress into Northamptonshire’s First Team.
“Congratulations to this fantastic group of lads we have on our Northamptonshire Academy this year.” Innes said.
“It’s been a really successful couple of years for our Talent Pathway so hopefully that can continue with this new crop of players.”
The 2023 squad features new names from the Club’s partner institutions with Sai Boorghu, Max Hunt and Yashas Kochhar joining the program.
“We’ve been working closely with our partners at Bucks, Cricket East and London Schools, our coaches have been in those environments coaching and a lot of their EPP players have been integrated into our Academy sessions.” Innes said.
“What’s most rewarding is that we’ve now signed a few of those players from our partners onto the Academy this year, so that program is already delivering what we set out for it to do.”
Max Hunt, a talented left-arm spinner came through the pathway of the London Schools Cricket Association which the Club forged a partnership with at the beginning of 2022.
“Max is a shining light of our pathway, having been a part of London Schools’ since he was 12 and we are all delighted with his selection onto the Northamptonshire Academy programme, which is richly deserved.” London Schools Cricket Association Academy Manager Peter Yeates said.
Young fast bowlers Sai Boorghu and Yashas Kochar join the Academy from Buckinghamshire and are capable of bowling express pace.
“I’m delighted that Sai and Yash have progressed onto Northamptonshire’s Academy. They have been exceptional this winter and it’s no surprise to me that they have been given this opportunity.” Head of Buckinghamshire’s Player Pathway Jason Rance said.
“It’s another great step in building our partnership as they follow in Aadi [Sharma], Aatish [Anthathi], Raphy [Raphael Weatherall] & George [Weldon]’s footsteps making it six Bucks players in the last couple of years.
“It’s great to have a clear pathway into a first-class county and we hope more players will follow suit.”
Rishabh Upadhyay also returns to the Northamptonshire setup from Essex having previously played age group cricket for the county.
2022 Academy members George Gowler and George Weldon were rewarded with their first professional contracts at the end of last season and Innes was delighted to see the role the Academy continued to play.
“It’s great to see a couple of our Academy players graduating onto the professional staff, that’s six players in two years now which have made that step which is great and shows the level of young talent we’re developing within the county.”
2023 Northamptonshire Academy Squad