Defending champions India, who have won this competition four times is placed alongside New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Japan who are competing for the first time in the group stages of the U19 World Cup. The tournament will be held in South Africa across eight different venues in the cities of Benoni, Potchefstroom, Bloemfontein, and Kimberley between January 17 and February 9.
South Africa, the hosts and 2014 champions, will open the tournament against Afghanistan. UAE and Canada are the other two sides in Group D. Three-time champion Australia, England, West Indies, and Nigeria make up Group B while Pakistan, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, and Scotland round-up the other group of this 16-team event. The top two teams from each of the four groups advance to the Super League while the remaining teams feature in the Plate championship.
“The U19 Cricket World Cup is a very important event in our calendar as it brings together the world’s most promising young players in a major ICC tournament, giving them the experience of competing on the global stage,” ICC head of events Chris Tetley said.
“We have some excellent venues for this tournament, and we are offering free entry to all matches giving cricket fans in South Africa the opportunity to watch the next generation of superstars. I wish all the teams the very best in their preparations for the tournament and to Cricket South Africa in organizing the event.”
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