12th Edition of Under-19 Cricket World Cup Race for the cup begins

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By 2018-01-13

Sixteen teams will come out in their full strength when the Under-19 World Cup begins in New Zealand today.

Those 16 teams will play in 4 groups on league basis and will be played from 13 January to 3 February.

Defending champions West Indies U-19s will meet hosts New Zealand U-19s at Bay Oval Mount Maunganui, Tauranga today.

The 16 teams are formed from ten ICC full member nations, six Associate and Affiliate Members in Afghanistan, Canada, Namibia, Kenya, Ireland and Papua New Guinea. Teams have been divided into four groups with the top two in each advancing to the Super League quarter-finals and the other two qualifying for the Plate Championships.

Australia (1998, 2002 & 2010) and India (2000, 2008 & 2012) have won this tournament three times each. Pakistan won twice (2004 & 2006). England (1998), South Africa (2014) and West Indies (2016) each won once.

Sri Lanka hosting the Under-19s World Cup in 2000 ended up as runners-up.

Eight (8) teams will advance to the Super 8 round from 4 groups each of 2 teams as champion and runners-up. Other 8 teams will play in the Plate championship. First round matches will be held up to 20 January.

Plate champion's round will be held from 22nd January. Super 8 round matches will start from 23rd January.

GROUP 'A': Kenya, New Zealand, South Africa, West Indies
GROUP 'B': Australia, India, Papua New Guinea, Zimbabwe
GROUP 'C': Bangladesh, Canada, England, Namibia
GROUP 'D: Afghanistan, Ireland, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
First Round (13th January)
Group A – West Indies vs New Zealand at Bay Oval Mount Maunganui, Tauranga (D/N)
Group D – Afghanistan vs Pakistan at Cobham Oval, Whangarei
Group B – Papua New Guinea vs Zimbabwe at Lincoln No. 3
Group C - Bangladesh vs Namibia at Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln
(14 Jan):
Group D – Ireland vs Sri lanka at Cobham Oval, Whangarei
Group B – Australia vs India at Bay Oval Mount Maunganui, Tauranga (D/N)
Group A – Kenya vs South Africa Lincoln No. 3

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