ICC U-19 World Cup gets underway in Bangladesh

ICC U19 World Cup gets underway in Bangladesh
Bangladesh U-19 and South Africa U-19 skippers during the toss on the opening game of the U-19 World Cup.

The 2016 International Cricket Council (ICC) Under-19 World Cup has begun in Bangladesh with teams from 16 nations battling for the title in the 19-day mega event.

Apart from the teams of the nine Test playing nations, there are teams from seven associate and affiliate members of the ICC who are participating in the U-19 World Cup.

The 16 teams have been divided into four groups and the top two in each group will advance to the super league quarterfinals, while the other two will qualify for the plate championships.

South Africa, Bangladesh, Scotland and Namibia are placed in group A while group B consists of Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Canada.

England, West Indies, Zimbabwe and Fiji make up group C while India, New Zealand, Nepal and Ireland have been accommodated in group D.

Dismissing the notion that Bangladesh will be under pressure, captain Mehidy Hassan Miraz stated that the team will be motivated by the fact that they are playing at home.

“Of course, we want to become world champion, but you can only think of playing the quarter-final, semi-final and final if you make it to the second round, said Miraz.

“On the contrary, I think we will be even more determined and charged up because this is rare chance to play a world event in front of family and friends.”

Hampshire all-rounder Brad Taylor is leading the England team and he is confident that the players can adjust to the sub-continent conditions quickly.

“We have plenty of options for sub-continent pitches in our team and we have experience of playing in the sub-continent.

“The bowlers and batsmen know how to adjust to the conditions.”

Indian will be led by Jharkhand batsman Ishan Kishan and will be coached by the former captain of the national team and batting great, Rahul Dravid.

Kishan, who belongs to the same state as the current Indian limited overs captain MS Dhoni revealed the composition of the team is quite strong with plenty of all-round options.

“The strength of my team is that almost every batsman can bowl.

“We have a good pace bowling attack, a good fielding unit, and our batting goes till number eight.

“This will help us in the matches.”

The plate championships of the U-19 World Cup will be played on 4th and 5th February while the quarter finals will be held between 5th and 8th February.

The semi-finals of the tournament will be held on 9th and 11th February with the all-important final clash slated to be played on 14th February in Mirpur.

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