Australia news August 10, 2011

Queensland to host Under-19 World Cup in 2012

ESPNcricinfo staff

Queensland will host the ICC's 2012 Under-19 World Cup in August next year, with Brisbane, Townsville and the Sunshine Coast to be the primary venues for the event.

Australia hosted the inaugural edition of the Cup in 1988. The Australian team won the last tournament, in New Zealand in 2010, and can be expected to put up a stern defence on home soil.

James Sutherland, the Cricket Australia chief executive, said the tournament had proven itself as a useful stage for upcoming generations of cricket talent. He also pointed out that the event would aid Australia in its preparations for the senior edition of the World Cup, to be held down under in 2015.

"The ICC U19 Cricket World Cup is the showcase event for best young cricketers in the world and is where the next Cameron White or Yuvraj Singh gets their first real taste of top-level international cricket," Sutherland said. "It was only a couple of years ago we saw Mitch Marsh captain the Australia Under-19 team to victory in New Zealand with talents such as Josh Hazlewood, Alister McDermott and Alex Keath alongside him.

"We are very grateful to Queensland Cricket and Events Queensland for their support in hosting this tournament and I think all the teams and supporters will enjoy their time in Australia's sunshine state. We are building towards hosting the senior ICC Cricket World Cup in 2015 and this tournament will play a big part in getting ready for that event," he said.

Graham Dixon, the Queensland Cricket chief executive, said the choice of the Sunshine Coast and Townsville as venues beyond Brisbane would be helpful for the development of cricket, and sporting infrastructure, in two major regional centres.

"Queensland Cricket is thrilled at the decision to bring the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup to our state, and especially with the decision to play in two important regional centres, Townsville and the Sunshine Coast, with the resulting positive economic impact on those areas," he said.

"The support of the State Government and the Events Queensland will enable Queensland to provide an international showcase around this tournament, which has grown into a significant event on the world cricket stage.

"Queensland Cricket is acutely aware that the ICC Cricket World Cup will be staged in Australia and New Zealand in 2015 and so tournaments like the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup are an important proving ground for us, and for Cricket Australia, as it gets closer to hosting that major event."

The ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat added: "This tournament has proved to be an important stepping stone for elite young cricketers aspiring to play international cricket. It's an opportunity for them to develop and test their skills in a high-pressure situation against the world's best at this level.

"We also use it as an opportunity to educate them on several important issues like anti-corruption, anti-doping and social responsibility expected of international cricketers while also exposing them to the ICC Code of Conduct and media attention."

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  • Dummy4 on August 13, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    Don't take nepal slightly 'they are the true players who are not back at bringing down the trophies home . They are the giant killers.

  • Dummy4 on August 12, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    Watch out Aussies, Poms and Irish. The NEPALI GORKHALI"S are coming down under to give you the hardest time you have ever had in World cup under 19 history. JAY NEPAL (LONG LIVE NEPAL).

  • Dummy4 on August 12, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    Nepal bring trophy home....

  • Dummy4 on August 11, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    NEPAL is in tough group ! But, Nepal can beat any country in the world, cuz they are GIANT KILLERS !! Jay Nepal !!!

  • Pramesh on August 11, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    Go Nepal repeat the history. You guys are really capable to beat test playing nation. Beating Ireland and England may be easy target for you guys.........who knows can beat Australia as well.........when days belongs to you, it is also possible. Best of Luck!

  • A on August 11, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    @Meety if what u are saying is true mate it will be disappointing to say the least but hoping the young lads will make the best of the opportunity none the less.. m rooting for the associates to make an impact on the cup... hoping that the associates get more chance and the only way this is going to happen is by letting their performance speak for themselves... by the way this month or the next a quadrangular tournament has been announced to be held for the u19 teams in india with the other 3 teams being australia, west indies and most probably srilanka... looking forward to it...

  • Dummy4 on August 11, 2011, 6:27 GMT

    Hello dears, India and Pakistan, get ready for Unpredictable Afghanistan lion cricketers.

  • saqib on August 10, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    I really feel sad when Pakistani Youngster lost the final match U19 WC against Australia, still feel the regret. But happy to see most players of that team playing form national side... Good Luck Pakistan

  • Dummy4 on August 10, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    Sounds AwEsome.. GLORY AFGHANNN!!! Go Afghanistan go.

  • Andrew on August 10, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    @AzyS - don't want to burst your bubble, but the Cup is in August, & won't feature many Test standard grounds if at all. Maybe the ground in Townsville will be Test standard, but the Showgrounds will be used for the EKKA Show, & the Gabba will be used for AFL. The Allan Border Oval should be free & that is definately are reasonable field.

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