Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

All you need to know about the 2018 Under-19 World Cup

All you need to know about the 2018 Under-19 World Cup

Mujeeb Zadran - Perhaps, Mujeeb Zadran is the onlyplayer inthis tournament who has played global cricket. It's an exciting age to be a part of and I've really enjoyed being part of it and just putting some structures in place and ensuring that we give enough opportunities to a lot of young players at this age. The off-spinner will look to bring his worldwide experience and help Afghanistan reach as far as possible in the tournament. Similarly, Australia captain Jason Sanga is no less than a star in the making. He will be looking to lead Australia to their 4th U-19 title and the first since 2010. He snared 8-39 during the second innings on debut for Khan Research Labs against Rawalpindi in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy in September 2017, the best figures by a Pakistani bowler on first-class debut. "He is a tall 6'6" pacer can swing the ball both ways and can exploit the helpful conditions in New Zealand. Moreover, he has been in very good form as well. In the last 10 U-19 games he's played, he has gone wicket-less only once.

Shubman Gill - While Prithvi Shaw is hogging away most of the limelight in the Indian U-19 team, an 18-year old batsman from Punjab is showing superb consistency at No. 3.

Like the senior Indian team, this team will also banking on its batting in this World Cup. Ntini has the ability to bowl with good speed and can trouble the batsmen.

India coach, Rahul Dravid, appears to be in confident mood with nearly 12 months of preparation behind them: "We started the process (of preparing) nearly a year ago in terms of identifying a core group of 35-40 kids that we wanted to give exposure to", the former world renowned batsman said.

Ireland captain Harry Tector: "The guys are obviously delighted to be going to the U19 World Cup".

Traditional cricket powerhouses Australia and India meet in their first match in a clash, which will likely decide who finishes top of Group B.

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The current New Zealand captain Kane Williamson who played in 2008 said: "It is a great stepping stone".

It's the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup.

The tournament is hailed as the stepping stone for many potential stars to showcase their skills and talent with the bat and ball in the global arena.

The Windies have won against South Africa and Zimbabwe in two hard-fought bilateral series in preparation for the 13 January-3 February tournament and the squad also underwent an 11-day training camp in St Kitts and Nevis before travelling to New Zealand.

Baheer's journey had a staggering start. Irrespective of if we win or lose, I think just to be part of it and experience it all is something that's invaluable for them at this stage in their careers.

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