Competition Format

The ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2014 will be contested by 16 teams which have been divided into four groups:

Group A Group B Group C Group D
India(1) Australia (2) South Africa (3) New Zealand (4)
Pakistan (8) Bangladesh (7) West Indies (6) England (5)
Scotland (12) Afghanistan (11) Zimbabwe (10) Sri Lanka (9)
Papua New Guinea (13) Namibia (14) Canada (15) United Arab Emirates (16)

The first round of the competition will be the Group stage. Each team will play every other team in its group. Points will be allocated for each match in accordance with the system described in clause 21.10.1 of these playing conditions. Following the Group stage the top 2 teams in each group will progress to the Super League quarter-finals and the bottom two teams from each group will play in the Plate Championship quarter-finals as follows:

Super League quarter-final 1 A1 v D2
Super League quarter-final 2 B1 v C2
Super League quarter-final 3 C1 v B2
Super League quarter-final 4 D1 v A2

Plate Championship quarter-final 1 D3 v A4
Plate Championship quarter-final 2 C3 v B4
Plate Championship quarter-final 3 B3 v C4
Plate Championship quarter-final 4 A3 v D4

21.9.1 The winners of the Super League quarter-finals will qualify for the Super League semi-finals as follows.

Winner Super League QF1 v Winner Super League QF4
Winner Super League QF2 v Winner Super League QF3

21.9.2 The losers of the Super League quarter-finals will progress to the Super League play-off semi-finals as follows:

Super League play-off Semi 1- Loser Super League QF1 v Loser Super League QF 4
Super League play-off Semi 2- Loser Super League QF2 v Loser Super League QF 3

21.9.3 The winners of the Plate Championship quarter-finals will play in the Plate Championship semi-finals as follows:

Winner Plate Championship QF1 v Winner Plate Championship QF4
Winner Plate Championship QF2 v Winner Plate Championship QF3

21.9.4 The losers of the Plate Championship quarter-finals will progress to the Plate Championship play-off Semi-Finals as follows:

Loser Plate Championship QF1 v Loser Plate Championship QF4
Loser Plate Championship QF2 v Loser Plate Championship QF3

21.9.5 The winners of the Super League Semi-Finals will contest the U19 Cricket World Cup Super League Final 2014, with the losers playing off in the Super League Semis Losers Final for 3rd/4th place.

21.9.6 The winners of the Super League Play-Off Semi-Finals will progress to the Super League Play-Off Final (5th/6th place), with the losers playing off in the Super League Playoff Semis Losers Final for 7th/8th place

21.9.7 The winners of the Plate Championship Semi-Finals will qualify for the Plate Championship Final 2014 (9th/10th place), with the losers playing off in the Plate Semis Losers Final for 11th/12th place.

21.9.8 The winners of the Plate Championship play-off Semi-Finals will progress to the Plate play-off Semis Winners Final (13th/14th place), with the losers playing off in the Plate Play-Off Semis Losers Final for 15th/16th place.

21.10 Progression of teams

21.10.1 Group Matches

The following point system will apply:

Win 2
Tie or no result 1
Loss 0

In the event of teams finishing on equal points in its Group, the ordering of teams will be decided in the following order of priority:

  • The team with the most wins in the Group matches will be placed in the higher position.
  • If there are teams with equal points and equal wins in the Group matches then in such case the team with the higher net run rate in the Group matches will be placed in the higher position (refer to 21.11 below for the calculation of net run rate).
  • If two or more teams are still equal, they will be ordered according to the head to head match(es) played between them.
  • If the above does not resolve the Group ordering, or if all matches within a Group produce no results, then any tied teams will be ordered as per their Group seedings.

21.10.2 Quarter Final

If a quarter-final is tied, the teams shall compete in a Super Over to determine which team progresses to the Semi-final.

If following a tie, weather conditions prevent the Super Over from being completed, or if the match is a no result, then the team that finished in the higher position in the Group stage shall proceed to the Semi-Finals.

21.10.3 Semi Final

If a Semi-Final is tied, the teams shall compete in a Super Over to determine which team progresses to the Final.

If following a tie, weather conditions prevent the Super Over from being completed, or if the match is a no result, then the team which proceeds to the Final will be decided in the following order of priority:

  • 1. The team that finished in the higher position in the Group stage.
  • 2. If still equal, then the team with the higher number of points in the Group stage.
  • 3. If still equal, then the team with the higher number of wins in the Group stage.
  • 4. If still equal, then the team with the higher net run rate in all matches (both Group stage and quarter-final).

Note: For the sake of clarity, if the match is tied but it is not possible to complete the Super Over on the scheduled day, for the purpose of this regulation the match itself has been completed. Therefore the reserve day is not used and the tie-breaker as de-scribed in 21.10.3 applies.

21.10.4 Final

In the event of a tied Final, the teams shall compete in a Super Over to determine which team is the winner. Refer attached Ap-pendix 8. If following a tie, weather conditions prevent the Super Over from being completed, or if the match is a no result, then the teams will be declared joint winners. Note: For the sake of clarity, if the match is tied but it is not possible to complete the Super Over on the scheduled day, for the purpose of this regulation the match itself has been completed. Therefore the reserve day is not used and the teams will be de-clared joint winners.

21.11 Net Run Rate

A team's net run rate is calculated by deducting from the average runs per over scored by that team throughout the competition, the average runs per over scored against that team throughout the competition. In the event of a team being all out in less than its full quota of overs, the calculation of its net run rate shall be based on the full quota of overs to which it would have been entitled and not on the number of overs in which the team was dismissed.

Note: The Super Over is not included in the net run rate calculation.

Only those matches where results are achieved will count for the purpose of net run rate calculations. Where a match is abandoned, but a result is achieved under Duckworth/Lewis, for net run rate purposes Team 1 will be accredited with Team 2's Par Score on abandonment off the same number of overs faced by Team 2. Where a match is concluded but with Duckworth/Lewis having been applied at an earlier point in the match, Team 1 will be accredited with 1 run less than the final Target Score for Team 2 off the total number of overs allocated to Team 2 to reach the target.

In circumstances where a match (and the points for such match) is awarded to a team as a result of the other team's refusal to play, either by the match referee in accordance with Law 21.3 (a)(ii) as read with playing condition 21.3 or in accordance with the provisions of the relevant event agreements signed by the participating teams, the net run rate of the defaulting team shall be affected in that the full 50 overs of the defaulting team's innings in such forfeited match shall be taken into account in calculating the average runs per over of the defaulting team over the course of the relevant portion of the competition. For the avoidance of doubt the runs scored and overs bowled in such forfeited match will not be taken into account when calculating the net run rate of the team to whom the match was awarded.

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