Under-19 World Cup 2014, UAE December 14, 2013

India, Pakistan in same group for U-19 WC

ESPNcricinfo staff

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 quarter-finals. The other two teams from each group will compete in the Plate Championship quarter-finals.

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.

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  • Dummy4 on December 18, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    I love these groupings. Especially group B. Afghanistan is going to floor Bangladesh and Namibia in sha Allah. Will be nice to see how they perform vs Australia.

  • Bangla on December 16, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    BD U19 is the one of the best team in U19 level. They are not like their senior team at all in junior level. From 1998-2012, BD U19 have played 52 games and won 35 and lost 15, winning %:69.60%. BD U19 is in TOP 5. 1st 4 teams are : AUS,IND,PAK,SA.

    Ref: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/icc-under-19-world-cup-2014/engine/records/team/results_summary.html?id=109;type=trophy

    In world cup:

    BD U19 vs PAK U19: played 3 games, won 2, lost 1. BD U19 vs IND U19: played 3 games, won 1, lost 2. BD U19 vs SRI U19: played 2 games, won 2, lost 0. BD U19 vs AUS U19: played 2 games, won 1, lost 1. BD U19 vs END U19: played 4 games, won 2, lost 2. BD U19 vs IRE U19: played 5 games, won 5, lost 0.



    If someone still thinks BD U19 is a minnow in this age level, then I have nothing else to say.

  • Johann on December 16, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    No more useless cricketers for SL, please. Already fed up with the performance of youngsters of SL.lol

  • Harmon on December 16, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    I am LOL at Group D. SL will be the team to suffer humiliating defeats at the hands of NZ & Eng. UAE might beat them too.

  • Dummy4 on December 16, 2013, 3:37 GMT

    who made these groups? Honestly, we all know which teams will move forward. The groups are not balanced at all.

  • Dummy4 on December 15, 2013, 22:27 GMT

    Something is not right with the splitting of teams among groups...Group D has 3 good teams and 1 minnow and Group B has 1 good team and 3 minnows...could be corrected by swapping though! (my 2 cents)

  • Dummy4 on December 15, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    India, pakistan, Bangladesh, SriLanka and Australia have the best U19 teams.

  • Dummy4 on December 15, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    Hoping fr the best young talent 2 cm ahead.

  • Malik on December 15, 2013, 2:17 GMT

    New Zealand, England or Sri Lanka should be swapped with Bangladesh, Afghanistan or Namibia for Groups B and D to be fairly balanced. It does not appear fair that one of the former three teams won't be able to make it into the next round.

  • Krishna on December 14, 2013, 22:00 GMT

    Whether it is 2014 T20 world cup or ICC ODI world cup in 2015 everyone want to cash in on Indo-Pak rivalry.

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