ICC U-19 World Cup: India to face Australia in campaign opener


DUBAI:  The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced the fixtures of the upcoming under-19 World Cup, scheduled to be held in New Zealand next year from January 13.

      While hosts New Zealand will begin their campaign against Defending champions West Indies, three-time champion India will take on Australia in their campaign opener.

      Apart from Australia, Zimbabwe and Papua New Guinea have been put in the same group with India.

      “The ICC U19 World Cup plays an important role in the progression of young talent onto the global stage. The list of past and current players who had their first taste of a major event at this tournament is a long one and I have no doubt we’ll be witnessing some of tomorrow’s stars in New Zealand next year,” ICC Head of Events Chris Tetley said in a statement.

      On the other side, Tournament Director Brendan Bourke said,”This will be the most accessible international event ever staged throughout New Zealand, with free entry to all games, so we look forward to opening the gates to our match venues in a little under five months’ time.”

      The tournament, which will run between January 13- February 3, will feature 16 teams, which have been divided in four groups.

      The finals will be played at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui. Group A: Windies, New Zealand, South Africa, Kenya Group B: India, Australia, Zimbabwe, Papua New Guinea Group C: Bangladesh, Canada, England, Namibia Group D: Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Scotland.(AGENCIES)


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