ICC U19 World Cup To Bowl Off On Valentines

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The Under-19 World Cup will kick off in the UAE on February 14, with England, New Zealand, South Africa and West Indies scheduled for action on the opening day. Defending champions India will open their campaign against two-time winners Pakistan the next day.

The tournament features 16 teams divided into four groups and the top two would progress to the quarterfinals. The other two teams from each group will compete in the Plate Championship quarterfinals.

  • Group A: India, Pakistan, Scotland, Papua New Guinea
  • Group B: Australia, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Namibia
  • Group C: South Africa, West Indies, Zimbabwe, Canada
  • Group D: New Zealand, England, Sri Lanka, UAE
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Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lanka captain, considered the under-19 world cup to be an important stepping-stone for young players. “Having played in a couple of ICC U19 Cricket World Cups, I can tell you that this is the best stage for any raw talent to polish his skills and see if he’s worthy enough of progressing to the biggest stage of them all – international cricket at the senior level,” he said.

Afghanistan, Canada, Namibia, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, United Arab Emirates and the 10 Full Member nations will compete in 48 matches, which will be staged across seven venues in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Dubai.

EVENT YEAR HOST WINNER RUNNER-UP
1988 Australia Australia Pakistan
1998 South Africa England New Zealand
2000 Sri Lanka India Sri Lanka
2002 New Zealand Australia South Africa
2004 Bangladesh Pakistan West Indies
2006 Sri Lanka Pakistan India
2008 Malaysia India South Africa
2010 New Zealand Australia Pakistan
2012 Australia India Australia

More information on the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup UAE 2014 groups and fixtures, as well as the logo, can be found on the official tournament website – www.u19cwc.com

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