Under-19 World Cup 2014 January 13, 2014

Atit Sheth back in India squad for U-19 World Cup

ESPNcricinfo staff

The India-U19s selectors have not tinkered much with the combination that won the Asia Cup in the UAE earlier this month, making just one change in the 15-player squad named for the World Cup - which will be played at the same venues - in February: medium-pacer Atit Sheth comes in, in place of left-armer Rishi Arothe.

Pritam Chakraborty, who was in the Asia Cup sixteen, misses out as he will be overage by the time the World Cup begins.

Vijay Zol, who had scored a match-winning hundred for the team against Pakistan in the Asia Cup final, will continue to lead. Zol also played a key role for Maharashtra in the Ranji Trophy quarter-final last week, scoring an unbeaten 91 to help them run down a target of 252 to dump domestic giants Mumbai out of the competition. He is one of only two players in the squad with previous World Cup experience, having been part of the squad that won the title in Australia in 2012. The other is batsman Akhil Herwadkar, who had scored a century and a fifty in five games in the Asia Cup.

Kerala wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson, who made headlines last week after he was the youngest player retained by an IPL franchise ahead of the 2014 season - he was held back by Rajasthan Royals - is also part of the fifteen. Samson had also scored a hundred in the Asia Cup final.

Sheth is not a completely new face on the U-19 circuit, having played in the away series against Sri Lanka in August 2013, and the quadrangular series in Visakhapatnam in September that also included Australia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. He played four games in all, in those two series, claiming five wickets.

Bharat Arun, the long-time India U-19 coach, who was also part of the successful World Cup campaign in 2012, will continue to coach the side.

India are slotted into Group A at the World Cup, with Pakistan, Scotland and Papua New Guinea. Their opening game is against Pakistan, on February 15, in Dubai.

Squad: Vijay Zol (capt), Akhil Herwadkar, Ankush Bains, Ricky Bhui, Sanju Samson (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Kuldeep Yadav, Amir Gani, Karan Kaila, Chama Milind, Avesh Khan, Monu Kumar, Atit Sheth

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  • Naresh28 on January 20, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    @vijayabaskar - Sorry I meant the disappointment of not seeing Chand rise after his achievements at U19 level in the past. I know he is past being in the current team so is a (20 year old fast bowler) Umar Nazir. Fans says he is fast in Ranji matches. What I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IS INDIA UNEARTH ANOTHER VIRAT KHOLI type of player. ZOL comes close to achieving this - sure we will see him rise up the ranks.

  • dummy4fb on January 15, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    The list missed the talented aparajith in the squad. He is a talented all-rounder.

  • anshu.s on January 15, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    I agree with views put forth by @rohan024,Well done to our Indian boys !!! obviously lot of praise is being showered on Samson and Zol but IMO they have outgrown this level and should be playing for India A, i am also very exited about Ankush Bains he is a explosive stroke player and both he and Samson both are Delhi boys and were coached by the same coach before leaving Delhi because of DDCA politics,Similarly Sarfaraz Khan is another latest young batting star from Mumbai.Among bowlers Avesh Khan is quite quick and left arm Chinaman from UP Kuldeep Yadav takes wickets in heaps for there u-19 side, i haven't seen rest of the guys to pass a qualified judgement but i believe they will all be similarly talented and don't forget they are many who coudn't make the u 19 squad, from previous squads i see likes of Shubham Khajuria of j&k and Mohd Saif of UP missing, best of luck to the boys atleast we will get to see all India matches live on TV !!!

  • InsideHedge on January 14, 2014, 21:00 GMT

    @LionsofLanka: Thanks for the comedy. We can always rely on a jealous fan who cannot accept reality to provide us with light relief.

  • binu.emiliya on January 14, 2014, 16:48 GMT

    The cup is for India or Pak

  • dummy4fb on January 14, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    Since this World Cup is in Asia, it will be a cakewalk for India!

  • rohan024 on January 14, 2014, 10:50 GMT

    totally stupid decision. Winning the U-19 cups can't be the sole ambition, the board needs to give itself a chance to unearth new talent during such age group tournaments. Wots the point Samson and Zol playing alongside U-19 kids when they have already proved that they belong to bigger league. Would it mean anything if either of them score a century against a bunch of kids, who might be of the same age but far underdeveloped as cricketers? Instead we should have sent new guys, who would have got a chance to showcase their talent, doesn't matter if we win the cup or not. Zol/Samson have nothing to gain in this tournament.

  • Lalz on January 14, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    Waiting to see our young generation perform. But still I would like to have our Indian grounds little more bowler friendly which is better to find better bowlers and batters.. Also need to have away tours for performing players for getting exposed on foreign conditions..

  • Sir_Les_Patterson on January 14, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    A nice group of up and comers here for Indian cricket - good to see the fast bowlers selected - Zaheer and Sharma have under-performed in recent times

  • android_user on January 14, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    @Lionsoflanka: The groups are decided by lots and not by the management.

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