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Riyan aims for spot in senior team

Riyan Parag being felicitated on Wednesday. (UB Photos)

Guwahati: Sixteen-year-old Riyan Parag is on cloud nine after being selected for the Indian squad for the ICC Under-19 World Cup.

"If you have the self-belief and determination, everything becomes achievable. Sincerity and dedication are keys to success. I'll try to give my best in the World Cup and bring laurels for the country," the young cricketer said at a felicitation ceremony organised by the Assam Cricket Association (ACA) here on Wednesday to celebrate his selection.

Expressing gratitude to the ACA for grooming him and the BCCI for reposing faith in him to represent the country, the teenaged prodigy said with his feet firmly on the ground: "I'll be successful only when I represent the country with the senior team."

Wishing Riyan success, ACA secretary Pradip Buragohain said: "We have always been with him and continue to ensure that he represents the nation. The same applies to any other cricketer of the state who shows talent and quality."

Riyan, the third cricketer from Assam to represent India in the Under-19 World Cup after Khanin Saikia and Abu Nechim Ahmed, will leave for Bangalore on Thursday for the national conditioning camp from December 8 to 22.

The Under-19 World Cup will be held in New Zealand from January 13 to February 3.

"I would also like to wish my under-19 Assam teammates the very best for its domestic season," Riyan said as the Assam under-19 squad was also flagged off for its season.

Apart from the ACA, several hospitality sector stakeholders in Assam cricket also felicitated the youngster and his parents - former first-class cricketer Parag Das and former international swimmer Mithoo Baruah - at the event.

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