2018 ICC U-19 World Cup

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    The Pakistan squad for the upcoming ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup 2018 has been announced. The Junior Selection Committee headed by Basit Ali, has selected a 15-member squad and four reserve players for the mega tournament.

    The U-19 team will feature in a three-match ODI series against Australia on December 27, 29 and 31, 2017 and later will travel to New Zealand to play two ODI matches on January 3 and January 5, 2018.

    The team will then feature in the ICC U-19 World Cup starting from January 13, 2018 in New Zealand.

    The training camp for the U-19 team will be set up at the National Cricket Academy, Lahore from December 7 to December 20, 2017. The team will depart for Australia on December 21, 2017.

    Squad:
    Mohsin Khan, Imran Shah, Zaid Alam, Rohail Nazir (wicketkeeper, vice captain), Muhammad Taha, Emmad Alam, Ali Zaryab, Saad Khan, Hassan Khan (captain), Musa Khan, Shaheen Shah, Munir Riaz, Arshad Iqbal, Muhammad Ali, Suleman Shafqat

    Reserve Players:

    Muhammad Junaid, Haider Ali, Muhammad Ilyas, Azam Khan, Mukhtair Ahmad (wicketkeeper)

    https://www.geo.tv/latest/170777-pakistan-squad-announced-for-icc-u-19-cricket-world-cup-2018
     
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    Many under-achievers from Asia Cup retained in U-19 World Cup squad

    LAHORE: Making five changes in the squad that participated in the Under-19 Asia Cup last month in Malaysia, the Junior Selection Committee of PCB headed by former opener Basit Ali, announced a 15-member Pakistan team for the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup 2018 which will be played in New Zealand from Jan 13.

    The Pakistan junior team will be playing an ODI series against Australia and New Zealand prior to the start of the mega event.

    Though Pakistan played the final of the Asia Cup last month, its performance was not outstanding by any count as it tasted defeat twice at the hands of Afghanistan — first in the group match and then in the final by a big margin of 186 runs.

    Pakistan barely made the final by earning a two-run win against Bangladesh in the semifinal on D/L method. Earlier, they only managed to defeat Sri Lanka by three wickets and UAE by 226 runs.

    The selectors on Tuesday did remove some of the under performing players of the Asia Cup but several ordinary performers are still part of the World Cup squad.

    The players who have been axed from the squad on Tuesday are Umair Yousuf, Abdullah Shafiq, Hammad Khan, Asghar Qureshi and Haider Ali, though the last named was not tested in a single match of the Asia Cup.

    Umair, who played only two matches scoring just 10 runs and Abdullah Shafiq who could score only 81 from five matches have been dropped. Hammad Khan who played just two matches to score 11 runs and took one wicket have also failed to find a place in the team while Zaid Alam, who was injured and could not play any match of the Asia Cup, has been retained.

    Young Imran Shah, Emmad Alam, Ali Zaryab and Arshad Iqbal are the new entrants in the squad.

    Quite surprisingly, Hassan Khan has been retained as skipper, despite having no impressive performance to his credit. He took seven wickets for 141 runs in the Asia Cup and scored just 39 runs from five matches.

    Other under achievers who have retained their places are wicket-keeper Rohail Nazir (98 runs from five matches), M Mohsin (40 runs from four matches), off-spinner Hammad Khan (one wicket), Saad Khan (69 runs from five matches) and Muhammad Ali who did not play any match in the Asia Cup.

    Those who have managed to retain their places on merit include right-arm fast bowler Musa Khan, who remained top wicket-taker for Pakistan with nine wickets at the average of 13.22 in Asia Cup, left-arm fast bowler Shaheen Afridi (seven wickets, averages 23.14), right-arm fast Munir Riaz (eight wickets, averages 17.13), and batsman Muhammad Taha who remained top scorer with 250 runs at the averages 50.00.

    Meanwhile, a PCB press release stated: “The Under-19 team will feature in a three-match ODI series against Australia on Dec 27, 29 and 31, 2017 and later will travel to New Zealand to play two ODI matches on Jan 3 and Jan 5, 2018, respectively. Later, the team will feature in the ICC U-19 World Cup commencing from January 13, 2018 in New Zealand. The training camp for the U-19 team will be setup at the National Cricket Academy, Lahore from Dec 7-20, and the team will depart for Australia on Dec 21.

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1374758/m...rom-asia-cup-retained-in-u-19-world-cup-squad
     
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    Will be tough in NZ conditions. Looking forward to seeing Shaheen Shah bowl.
     
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    Pakistan under-19 team not so under-19

    Pakistan’s future in the upcoming U19 ICC Junior World Cup has been put in doubt after discrepancies were discovered in the ages of at least four of the players in the 15-man squad, including Captain Hasan Khan.

    The revelations come in the wake of criticism over the players chosen in the team, especially the visible exclusion of players such as Muhammad Ali and Haider Ali, both of whom are top performers in the domestic circuit.

    The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced the team for next year’s U19 World Cup Tuesday that included the names of Captain Hasan Khan, along with Ahmad Alam, Imran Shah and Zaryab. The above-named players had all come under scrutiny during the selection process for last year’s U19 Asia Cup in which they were declared well over the age of 19 by then team physician Doctor Riaz.

    If the named players are to go to the tournament next year, they could prove to be a real liability as the Event Technical Committee chairman has the right to call in any player for examination or confirmation of age at his discretion. The penalty for the presence of multiple age-related offenders may even amount to disqualification, a humiliating exit if there ever was one.

    According to International Cricket Council (ICC) rules on age determination, “If more than one player from a team is found to be over age then IDI (ICC Development International, the commercial arm of the International Cricket Council) retains the right to disqualify the whole team and the chairman of the Event Technical Committee shall notify the IDI Board accordingly.”

    Hasan Khan, who is supposed to lead the team in the World Cup, has already played in the 2017 U19 Asia Cup as skipper despite having been declared over 19 before the same tournament the previous year.

    Officially, as of today (Dec 6), Hasan Khan is 19 years and 51 days old. He had first burst onto the scene with his slow left-arm orthodox bowling during the Pakistan Super League (PSL) where he emerged as 17 years old. The timeline would indicate that he is indeed the age he claims, but this brings under scrutiny the role of Dr Riaz in the assessment of the players in question.

    Cricket analysts have said that “no matter where the discrepancy arose, it ‘certainly began somewhere’”. If Hasan Khan and the others actually are over the ICC’s required age limit, then it is a situation which the PCB should never allow, given the very strict regulations that the ICC has been putting on junior tournaments in recent years. On the other hand, if they are indeed the correct ages, then the team physician should be held accountable for being the reason for these young players missing out on valuable ground time against international opponents.

    Meanwhile, there remained great unrest amongst pundits over certain players being overlooked in the selection process and others being relegated to the reserve players’ category. Among those that have sidelined are Muhammad Ali, who recently broke a record by taking 53 scalps in a domestic season and batsman Haider Ali, who scored a mammoth 950 runs in his domestic season.

    https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/12/06/pakistan-under-19-team-not-so-under-19/
     
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    Ramiz Raja visits Pakistan U19 World Cup bound camp

    LAHORE: Former Pakistan captain and opener Ramiz Raja on Thursday visited the Pakistan Under 19 World Cup bound camp to share some tips with the young guns of Pakistan.

    He was visiting the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore to give a pep talk to the youngsters who have been selected for the U-19 World Cup to be played in New Zealand in January next year. Raja talked about the mental games and the importance of psychological strength on the cricket field. Raja was part of the side that won the only ODI World Cup Pakistan has won.

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    Earlier, PCB announced a 15-member squad for the upcomming ICC Under-19 World Cup. The U-19 team will feature in a three-match ODI series against Australia on December 27, 29 and 31, 2017 and later will travel to New Zealand to play two ODI matches on January 3 and January 5, 2018.

    The team will then feature in the ICC U-19 World Cup starting from January 13, 2018 in New Zealand. The team will depart for Australia on December 21, 2017.

    https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/12/07/ramiz-raja-visits-pakistan-u19-world-cup-bound-camp/
     
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    Pak U-19 team to draw inspiration from past WC glories: Hasan Khan

    Karachi [Pakistan], Dec 11 (ANI): Hasan Khan, who is all set to lead Pakistan in the upcoming ICC Under-19 World Cup 2018, has said that his side would look to draw inspiration from their previous victories in the prestigious tournament.

    The 19-year-old, who made his first-class debut for Karachi Whites in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy this season, insisted that Pakistan's current U-19 squad was quite capable of emulating their past performances and that they would surely make the country proud.

    "Indeed, the achievements of Pakistan's Under 19 squads in the past are for all of us to see and admire. We have won this tournament twice in 2004 and 2006 and my team and I will look to draw inspiration from these victories," Pakpassion.net quoted Hasan Khan, as saying.

    "The current squad we have is fully capable of emulating the performances of the past and God willing, we will give a good account of ourselves in the upcoming World Cup which will make our nation proud," he added.

    Hasan Khan, who led Pakistan to the finals of the ACC U-19 Asia Cup in his first stint as captain, further said that the upcoming prestigious tournament would be a good test of his leadership abilities and that he was looking forward to the challenge ahead.

    "I wouldn't say that it is pressure. Instead, I would like to look at it as a challenge and quite frankly, I am quite enjoying this as a good test of my leadership abilities. I am not feeling any tension at all as I have some great support from the team management as well as my team and that has really given me a lot of confidence in my own abilities," he said.

    Hasan further said that he would aim to lead his team from the front in the ICC event and would bring in all the experience that he has gained so far.

    Talking about the squad, Hasan believes this is the best group of players that they have in Pakistan at the moment while also expressing confidence that this team would surely emerge out victorious in the World Cup.

    "These are all very hard-working players who have shown exceptional skills with bat and ball and I am proud to be leading this group. We have some brilliant fast bowlers as well and this is a well-balanced squad. I feel that with a squad of such abilities, we have a great chance to take on the best teams and also win the World Cup," he said.

    The ICC U-19 World Cup is slated to be played in New Zealand from January13 till February 3 next year. (ANI)

    https://www.aninews.in/news/sports/...past-wc-glories-hasan-khan201712111430570003/
     
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    Fixtures

    Sat Jan 13, 2018 (50 ovs)
    1st match, Group A - New Zealand Under-19s v West Indies Under-19s Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui LIVE

    Sat Jan 13, 2018 (50 ovs)
    2nd match, Group D - Afghanistan Under-19s v Pakistan Under-19s Cobham Oval, Whangarei LIVE

    Sat Jan 13, 2018 (50 ovs)
    3rd match, Group B - Papua New Guinea Under-19s v Zimbabwe Under-19s Lincoln No 3 LIVE

    Sat Jan 13, 2018 (50 ovs)
    4th match, Group C - Bangladesh Under-19s v Namibia Under-19s Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln LIVE

    Sun Jan 14, 2018 (50 ovs)
    5th match, Group D - Ireland Under-19s v Sri Lanka Under-19s Cobham Oval, Whangarei LIVE

    Sun Jan 14, 2018 (50 ovs)
    6th match, Group B - Australia Under-19s v India Under-19s Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui LIVE

    Sun Jan 14, 2018 (50 ovs)
    7th match, Group A - Kenya Under-19s v South Africa Under-19s Lincoln No 3 LIVE
    Mon Jan 15, 2018 (50 ovs)
    8th match, Group C - Bangladesh Under-19s v Canada Under-19s Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln LIVE

    Mon Jan 15, 2018 (50 ovs)
    9th match, Group C - England Under-19s v Namibia Under-19s Queenstown Events Centre LIVE

    Tue Jan 16, 2018 (50 ovs)
    10th match, Group D - Ireland Under-19s v Pakistan Under-19s Cobham Oval, Whangarei LIVE

    Tue Jan 16, 2018 (50 ovs)
    11th match, Group B - India Under-19s v Papua New Guinea Under-19s Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui LIVE

    Wed Jan 17, 2018 (50 ovs)
    12th match, Group D - Afghanistan Under-19s v Sri Lanka Under-19s Cobham Oval, Whangarei LIVE

    Wed Jan 17, 2018 (50 ovs)
    13th match, Group A - South Africa Under-19s v West Indies Under-19s Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui LIVE

    Wed Jan 17, 2018 (50 ovs)
    14th match, Group B - Australia Under-19s v Zimbabwe Under-19s Lincoln No 3 LIVE

    Wed Jan 17, 2018 (50 ovs)
    15th match, Group A - New Zealand Under-19s v Kenya Under-19s Hagley Oval, Christchurch LIVE

    Thu Jan 18, 2018 (50 ovs)
    16th match, Group C - Canada Under-19s v Namibia Under-19s Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln LIVE

    Thu Jan 18, 2018 (50 ovs)
    17th match, Group C - Bangladesh Under-19s v England Under-19s Queenstown Events Centre LIVE

    Fri Jan 19, 2018 (50 ovs)
    18th match, Group D - Pakistan Under-19s v Sri Lanka Under-19s Cobham Oval, Whangarei LIVE

    Fri Jan 19, 2018 (50 ovs)
    19th match, Group B - India Under-19s v Zimbabwe Under-19s Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui LIVE

    Fri Jan 19, 2018 (50 ovs)
    20th match, Group B - Australia Under-19s v Papua New Guinea Under-19s Lincoln No 3 LIVE

    Sat Jan 20, 2018 (50 ovs)
    21st match, Group D - Afghanistan Under-19s v Ireland Under-19s Cobham Oval, Whangarei LIVE

    Sat Jan 20, 2018 (50 ovs)
    22nd match, Group A - New Zealand Under-19s v South Africa Under-19s Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui LIVE

    Sat Jan 20, 2018 (50 ovs)
    23rd match, Group A - Kenya Under-19s v West Indies Under-19s Lincoln No 3 LIVE

    Sat Jan 20, 2018 (50 ovs)
    24th match Group C - Canada Under-19s v England Under-19s Queenstown Events Centre LIVE

    Mon Jan 22, 2018 (50 ovs)
    9th Place Play-off Quarter-Final - TBC v TBC Lincoln No 3 LIVE

    Mon Jan 22, 2018 (50 ovs)
    9th Place Play-off Quarter-Final - TBC v TBC Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln LIVE

    Tue Jan 23, 2018 (50 ovs)
    9th Place Play-off Quarter-Final - TBC v TBC Lincoln No 3 LIVE

    Tue Jan 23, 2018 (50 ovs)
    9th Place Play-off Quarter-Final - TBC v TBC Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln LIVE

    Tue Jan 23, 2018 (50 ovs)
    Quarter-Final - TBC v TBC Queenstown Events Centre LIVE

    Wed Jan 24, 2018 (50 ovs)
    Quarter-Final - TBC v TBC Hagley Oval, Christchurch LIVE

    Thu Jan 25, 2018 (50 ovs)
    13th Place Play-off Semi-Final - TBC v TBC Mainpower Oval, Rangiora LIVE

    Thu Jan 25, 2018 (50 ovs)
    13th Place Play-off Semi-Final - TBC v TBC Lincoln No 3 LIVE

    Thu Jan 25, 2018 (50 ovs)
    9th Place Play-off Semi-Final - TBC v TBC Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln LIVE

    Thu Jan 25, 2018 (50 ovs)
    Quarter-Final - TBC v TBC Hagley Oval, Christchurch LIVE

    Fri Jan 26, 2018 (50 ovs)
    9th Place Play-off Semi-Final - TBC v TBC Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln LIVE

    Fri Jan 26, 2018 (50 ovs)
    Quarter-Final - TBC v TBC Queenstown Events Centre LIVE

    Sat Jan 27, 2018 (50 ovs)
    13th Place Play-off - TBC v TBC Lincoln No 3 LIVE

    Sat Jan 27, 2018 (50 ovs)
    15th Place Play-off - TBC v TBC Mainpower Oval, Rangiora LIVE

    Sat Jan 27, 2018 (50 ovs)
    5th Place Play-off - TBC v TBC Hagley Oval, Christchurch LIVE

    Sun Jan 28, 2018 (50 ovs)
    11th Place Play-off - TBC v TBC Mainpower Oval, Rangiora LIVE

    Sun Jan 28, 2018 (50 ovs)
    5th Place Play-off - TBC v TBC Queenstown Events Centre LIVE

    Sun Jan 28, 2018 (50 ovs)
    Plate Final - TBC v TBC Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln LIVE

    Mon Jan 29, 2018 (50 ovs)
    Semi-Final - TBC v TBC Hagley Oval, Christchurch LIVE

    Tue Jan 30, 2018 (50 ovs)
    7th Place Play-off - TBC v TBC Queenstown Events Centre LIVE

    Tue Jan 30, 2018 (50 ovs)
    Semi-Final - TBC v TBC Hagley Oval, Christchurch LIVE

    Wed Jan 31, 2018 (50 ovs)
    5th Place Play-off - TBC v TBC Queenstown Events Centre LIVE

    Thu Feb 1, 2018 (50 ovs)
    3rd Place Play-off - TBC v TBC Queenstown Events Centre LIVE

    Sat Feb 3, 2018 (50 ovs)
    Final - TBC v TBC (Reserve Day) Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui LIVE
     
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    Any youngsters to look out for?
     
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    So no India vs Pakistan?
     
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    LAHORE: Zaid Alam, a batsman who is the son of a modest and simple tea seller, has made it to Pakistan’s Under-19 team and will be playing in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup.

    His father runs a small tea stall to make ends meet. Zaid and his brother have grown up helping their father in running the humble business. His father, Alam Khan, while speaking to the media expressed his joy and said: “We never had any money nor did we ever think along these lines; Allah helped my son move forward in his life.”

    “His achievement is a result of his hard work,” said Alam when asked about Zaid’s work ethic and determination and proudly added that his son’s best quality is the respect he has for his teachers and mentors.

    Zaid’s journey has been one with difficulties at every corner. He was often bogged down with severe financial issues, however, he did not let those troubles come in the way of pursuing his passion. He started by playing cricket at club level and gradually came into the spotlight.

    “I will give my 110 per cent to the team and ensure that Pakistan becomes victorious,” he told the media, adding that he hopes to make his mark in the world of cricket and become a part of Pakistan’s cricket team.

    https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/20...s-it-to-pakistan-team-for-icc-u-19-world-cup/
     
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    Malik advises U-19 team to stay focused ahead of the World Cup

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    LAHORE: Pakistan’s seasoned all-rounder, Shoaib Malik addressed the sendoff ceremony hosted by Pakistan Cricket Board for the U-19 side ahead of their departure for U-19 World Cup in New Zealand.

    Malik advised the young cricketers to stay focused on their upcoming assignment and keep up the discipline to attain the best results.

    He urged his young counterparts to forget about the nightmares of Youth Asia Cup and only aim to do well in the U-19 World Cup.

    Further, he advised youngsters to not to lose their composure at any situation. He told that it is important to stay calm, especially for the captain, he has to maintain neutral expressions in order to keep his troops motivated.

    He also said during his speech that the age of below nineteen years is the age of enjoyment, however, these are also the years where one can learn any art. So it is important to set an aim for what one wants to achieve.

    Other cricketers that were present at the event were Junaid Khan and Usman Khan Shinwari.

    Pakistan senior team stars Shoaib Malik, Junaid Khan and Usman Shinwari giving some inspiring tips to the World Cup bound Pakistan U19 team. Pepsi #Future11 #TheBigSendOff pic.twitter.com/Vn7j4mAwkU

    — PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) December 19, 2017

    PCB hosted a glittering event, which was also attended by showbiz stars to boost the morale of young cricketers ahead of the big event.

    A special thanks to Pakistani showbiz stars for their support of PCB-Pepsi #Future11
    Motivational talk for Pakistan U19 World Cup bound team. #TheBigSendOff pic.twitter.com/MQOC7QHuuN

    — PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) December 19, 2017

    Young Pakistani players were also awarded the blazer with the Star on their chest.

    Pakistan U19 stars are ready to make their mark at the @cricketworldcup. The squad lined up at the glittering PCB-Pepsi #Future11 send off ceremony. #TheBigSendOff pic.twitter.com/7KWsNk0z1w

    — PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) December 19, 2017

    The tournament is scheduled to take place from January 13 to February 3.

    Ahead of the world cup, the U-19 squad will play three ODIs against Australia on December 27, 29 and 31. Afterwards, they will travel to New Zealand for two 50-over games on January 3 and 5 followed by U-19 World Cup.

    Here is the complete squad
    1. Mohsin Khan
    2. Imran Shah
    3. Zaid Alam
    4. Rohail Nazir (WK – VC)
    5. Muhammad Taha
    6. Emmad Alam
    7. Ali Zaryab
    8. Saad Khan
    9. Hassan Khan (Captain)
    10. Musa Khan
    11. Shaheen Shah
    12. Munir Riaz
    13. Arshad Iqbal
    14. Muhammad Ali
    15. Suleman Shafqat
    Reserve Players

    1. Muhammad Junaid
    2. Haider Ali
    3. Muhammad Ilyas
    4. Azam Khan
    5. Mukhtair Ahmad (WK)

    https://arysports.tv/malik-advises-u-19-team/
     
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    ICC U19 Cricket World Cup has a rich history

    The tournament has developed into an elegant event that showcases the best of the next generation.
    • Australia and India have won the tournament a maximum of three times each but many other sides too have a lot to look back upon with pride
    • Former Pakistan leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed on the inaugural 1988 event: “When you start representing your country, you remember everything, when the dream is coming true. I remember every guy who played with me or against me”
    • South Africa batsman Hashim Amla on 2002 event: There are a few players that I have played with in the South African (U19) team that I managed to (also) play for South Africa afterwards and that experience was hugely beneficial”
    The ICC U19 Cricket World Cup has developed into an elegant event that showcases the best of the next generation and is acknowledged as the graduating school for top-class cricketers around the world.

    The tournament, which is held every two years, replicates a major global tournament experience in terms of organization, giving the future stars not only a chance of playing top-level age-group cricket but also experiencing first-hand, the paraphernalia that goes with senior international cricket including broadcast matches, anti-doping procedures, anti-corruption education and media interactions.

    With alumni that includes several past and present stars like Steve Smith of Australia, Joe Root of England, Virat Kohli of India, Kane Williamson of New Zealand, Inzamam-ul-Haq of Pakistan, Graeme Smith of South Africa, Sanath Jayasuriya of Sri Lanka and Brian Lara of the Windies, each edition is now looked forward to by fans as they get a chance to identify future stars.

    The tournament was first held in Australia in 1988 as part of the celebrations for the Australian Bicentenary and became a regular feature from 1998.

    Australia and India have won the tournament three times each, Pakistan are the only side to have won two consecutive titles, in 2004 and 2006, while England, South Africa and defending champions Windies are the other sides to have won the tournament.

    Australia were victorious in the 1988 tournament beating Pakistan by five wickets at the Adelaide Oval in what was a unique event then. Never had so many young cricketers come together for such a huge event and players got an early taste of international cricket.

    Australia chased a target of 202, powered by a Bred Williams century. Though several players went on to attain stardom, one player who came into the tournament as a star was India leg-spinner Narendra Hirwani, fresh from a sensational debut in which he had grabbed 16-136 against the Windies. However, it was another leg-spinner from neighbouring Pakistan, Mushtaq Ahmed, who finished as the most successful bowler with 19 wickets in the tournament.

    Mushtaq emphasizes on the importance of the tournament and says he still remembers almost every moment from the inaugural event which he considers a huge opportunity for participants.

    Mushtaq Ahmed: “I remember playing big guns like (Brian) Lara, (Mike) Atherton, Chris Lewis. When you start representing your country, you remember everything, when the dream is coming true. I remember every guy who played with me or against me. Basit Ali, Aqib Javed, Inzamam-ul-Haq, others who played (only) a few games.”

    The tournament resumed in 1998, when it was held in South Africa. It was now expanded to 16 sides in a bid to provide exposure to more teams and was played on a new format that had separate Super League and Plate championships.

    England won the Super League final chasing a target of 242 against New Zealand with opener Stephen Peters notching a century. In the plate championship, Bangladesh defeated the Windies by six wickets despite a belligerent 141 from Chris Gayle, who was to later emerge as one of the biggest hitters the game has seen.

    Sri Lanka played host to the 2000 tournament and made their only entry into the final where they lost to Mohammad Kaif-led India after managing only 178 runs in Colombo. In the Plate final in Kandy, South Africa defeated Bangladesh by 80 runs with future national captain Graeme Smith top-scoring with 51 and future England batsman Jonathan Trott contributing 41.

    Australia won their second title in 2002 in New Zealand, defeating South Africa by seven wickets in the Super League final while Zimbabwe won the Plate championship final defeating Nepal by 137 runs with Tatenda Taibu winning the player of the tournament award.

    Hashim Amla, who led South Africa to the final, says he “thoroughly” enjoyed playing in that U19 CWC and that players who figure in the tournament become household names in later years.

    Hashim Amla: “There are a few players that I have played with in the South African (U19) team that I managed to (also) play for South Africa afterwards and that experience was hugely beneficial.

    “You get a sense of where you are at and that can motivate you. It gives you an insight into that. You have to keep improving – the U19 World Cup is about fun, intensity and you are giving it all, no matter what.”

    Pakistan won back-to-back titles in 2004 (Bangladesh) and 2006 (Sri Lanka). They defeated the Windies by 25 runs in the Super League final in Dhaka while in Colombo two years later they triumphed over India by 38 runs in a low-scoring encounter with their present captain Sarfraz Ahmed leading the side. Bangladesh defeated Australia in the 2008 Plate final while Nepal defeated New Zealand in 2006 to take the Plate championship.

    The 2008 edition in Malaysia saw Virat Kohli lead India to victory over South Africa by 12 runs with the Duckworth-Lewis method. Australia’s Steve Smith and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson completed a triumvirate of future super stars from the tournament, in which the Windies defeated Nepal by seven wickets in the Plate final.

    The 2010 edition, which was held in New Zealand for the second time, was won once again by Australia as the Mitchell Marsh-led side defeated Pakistan by 25 runs in the final of the Super League. In the Plate Championship final, Bangladesh defeated Ireland by 175 runs.

    The United Arab Emirates played host to the 2014 edition, which was won by South Africa for the first time as they defeated Pakistan by six wickets in the Super League final to complete an unbeaten run. Bangladesh defeated New Zealand by 77 runs to win the Plate Championship final.

    The Windies won the 2016 tournament in Bangladesh in what turned out to be a dream year for them. The U19 triumph was followed with their men’s and women’s sides winning the ICC World Twenty20 tournaments in India. The Windies defeated India by five wickets in the Super League Final while the Plate Championship was won by Afghanistan as they defeated Zimbabwe by five wickets.

    More details on each event:

    1988 Hosts: Australia Winners: Australia

    The tournament featured eight teams – the seven Test nations in Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Windies, apart from an ICC Associates squad

    The potential of the tournament reflected in the number of players who went on to become international captains. This list included Michael Atherton and Nasser Hussain of England, Lee Germon of New Zealand, Inzamam-ul-Haq of Pakistan, Brian Lara, Jimmy Adams and Ridley Jacobs from the Windies and Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jayasuriya.

    Other star players included Mark Ramprakash of England, Aminul Islam of Bangladesh, India’s Narendra Hirwani, the Pakistani triumvirate of Mushtaq Ahmed, Basit Ali and Aqib Javed, and the Sri Lanka pair of Romesh Kaluwitharana and Chandika Hathurusinghe.

    The tournament was played on a single league format with Australia and Pakistan qualifying for the final by topping the league. The host avenged their defeat at Pakistan’s hands in the league to bag the title with a five-wicket win at the Adelaide Oval.

    Australia’s Brett Williams was the tournament’s leading scorer with 471 runs, while team-mate Wayne Holdsworth and Pakistan’s Mushtaq Ahmed headed the bowlers’ list with 19 wickets apiece.

    1998 Hosts: South Africa Winners: England

    Hosts South Africa joined eight other Test-playing nations and seven qualifiers –Bangladesh, Denmark, Ireland, Kenya, Namibia, Papua New Guinea and Scotland – in a 16-side event.

    England defeated New Zealand by seven wickets in the Super League final while Bangladesh indicated they were ready for Test status by beating the Windies by six wickets in the Plate final.

    Star cricketers to emerge from the tournament included Virender Sehwag and Harbhajan Singh of India, Shoaib Malik and Abdul Razzaq of Pakistan, England’s Graeme Swann, Kyle Mills of New Zealand, Imran Tahir of South Africa (who played for Pakistan), Sri Lanka’s Dilhara Fernando, and Chris Gayle, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Darren Ganga from the Windies.

    Gayle was the tournament’s leading scorer with 364 runs, while team-mate Ramnaresh Sarwan and Zimbabwe’s Mluleki Nkala were the top bowlers with 16 wickets each.

    2000 Hosts: Sri Lanka Winners: India

    The tournament was hosted in Asia for the first time and featured seven qualifiers – the Americas Region, Bangladesh, Ireland, Namibia, Nepal, Kenya and the Netherlands – alongside the nine Test nations.

    In a fitting climax, two Asian teams contested the Super League final with India defeating hosts Sri Lanka by six wickets at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo.

    Graeme Smith, who went on to captain South Africa, was the tournament’s leading scorer with 348 runs and Pakistan’s Zahid Saeed topped the bowling charts with 15 wickets. Yuvraj Singh of India was named the man of the tournament.

    Other future stars who competed in the tournament were Michael Clarke, Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson of Australia, New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum, Ian Bell of England, Imran Nazir, Faisal Iqbal and Mohamamad Sami of Pakistan, Albie Morkel of South Africa and Zimbabwe’s Tatenda Taibu.

    Jonathan Trott, who made a name for himself in England colours, turned out for his native South Africa in the tournament.

    2002 Hosts: New Zealand Winners: Australia

    The Test group, now enlarged to 10 nations after the admission of Bangladesh following the 2000 event, were joined by six qualifiers -- Canada, Kenya, Namibia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea and Scotland for the next edition in New Zealand.

    Australia claimed their second ICC U19 Cricket World Cup title with a seven-wicket win over South Africa in the Super League final, while Zimbabwe cantered to a 137-run victory against Nepal in the Plate final.

    Cameron White of Australia was the leading scorer with 423 runs and team-mate Xavier Doherty finished as the top bowler with 16 wickets.

    The tournament provided international audiences their first sighting of South Africa batting star Hashim Amla. Other notable players who took part were Mohammad Ashraful of Bangladesh, Dwayne Bravo and Darren Sammy of the Windies, Parthiv Patel and Irfan Pathan of India, Brendon Taylor and Elton Chigumbura of Zimbabwe, Tim Bresnan and Samit Patel of England, New Zealand’s Jesse Ryder, Azhar Ali and Umar Gul of Pakistan, and the Sri Lankan duo of Upul Tharanga and Dammika Prasad.

    2004 Hosts: Bangladesh Winners: Pakistan

    The event featured six qualifiers – Canada, Kenya, Namibia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea and Scotland – along with the 10 Test nations.

    Pakistan defeated the Windies by 25 runs in a closely-contested Super League final, while hosts Bangladesh stunned Australia by eight wickets in the Plate final.

    Current India star Shikhar Dhawan was the leading scorer with 505 runs and was named the player of the tournament. Bangladesh’s Enamul Haque Junior was the leading wicket-taker with 22 wickets.

    Other notable members of the class of 2004 were England’s Alastair Cook, Luke Wright, Ravi Bopara and Eoin Morgan (representing Ireland), India’s Suresh Raina, Robin Uthappa and Dinesh Karthik, William Porterfield of Ireland, Pakistan’s Wahab Riaz, New Zealand’s BJ Watling, South Africa’s Vernon Philander, Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews and Denesh Ramdin of the West Indies.

    2006 Hosts: Sri Lanka Winners: Pakistan

    The 10 Test nations were joined by qualifiers, Ireland, Namibia, Nepal, Scotland, Uganda and the United States of America.

    In two edge-of-the-seat thrillers, Pakistan defeated arch-rivals India by 38 runs to win the Super League final and Nepal pipped New Zealand by one wicket to lift the Plate title.

    Cheteshwar Pujara of India, who was the leading scorer with 349 runs, was named player of the tournament. Australia’s Moises Henriques was the leading bowler with 16 wickets.

    Other notable players who took part were Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqar Rahim of Bangladesh, Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja of India, Australia’s David Warner, New Zealand’s Martin Guptill and Tim Southee and England’s Moeen Ali.

    2008 Hosts: Malaysia Winners: India

    The tournament was hosted for the first time by a non-Test playing nation when Malaysia organised the 2008 event. This time the qualifiers were Bermuda, Ireland, Malaysia, Namibia, Nepal and Papua New Guinea.

    India’s current Test captain Virat Kohli led his team to victory by beating South Africa by 12 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis method after a rain-affected final at the Kinrara Academy Oval ground on the outskirts of capital Kuala Lumpur. The Windies defeated Nepal by seven wickets to win the Plate final.

    India’s Tanmay Srivastava was the leading scorer with 262 runs, while South Africa’s Wayne Parnell took the bowling honours with 18 wickets. New Zealand’s Tim Southee was the player of the tournament which featured, among others, the late Phillip Hughes, Steven Smith and Josh Hazlewood of Australia, New Zealand’s star batsman Kane Williamson along with team-mates Trent Boult and Corey Anderson, and Dinesh Chandimal of Sri Lanka.

    Also taking part were Steven Finn of England, Junaid Khan and Umar Akmal of Pakistan, and Thisara Perera of Sri Lanka.

    2010 Hosts: New Zealand Winners: Australia

    Afghanistan, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, Papua New Guinea and the USA were the qualifiers in the next edition in New Zealand which was won by Trans-Tasman rivals Australia. Australia beat Pakistan in a repeat of the 1988 final, this time by 25 runs, to grab their third U19 title.

    Bangladesh defeated Ireland by 195 runs to win the Plate final.

    South Africa’s Dominic Hendricks was the leading scorer with 391 runs and was also named the player of the tournament. Papua New Guinea’s Raymond Haoda surpassed expectations to emerge the leading wicket-taker with 15 scalps.

    The class of 2010 included such notable names as Joe Root, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes of England, South Africa’s Quinton de Kock, Jason Holder of the Windies, India’s Lokesh Rahul, Mitchell Marsh of Australia and Doug Bracewell of New Zealand.

    2012 Hosts: Australia Winners: India

    India joined Australia as three-time winners of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup with a commendable six-wicket victory over the hosts at the Tony Ireland stadium in Townsville. Sri Lanka won the Plate championships after beating fast-improving Afghanistan by seven wickets.

    The tournament was completed by the 10 Test-playing nations and six qualifiers -- Scotland, Nepal, Ireland, Afghanistan, Papua New Guinea and Namibia.

    Bangladesh’s Anamul Haque was the tournament’s leading scorer with 365 runs, while England’s Reece Topley was the top bowler with 19 wickets. Among others who took part were Bangladesh’s Taskin Ahmed, Australia’s Travis Head and Ashton Agar, Afghanistan’s Najibullah Zadran, Quinton de Kock of South Africa, Kraigg Brathwaite of the Windies and Babar Azam of Pakistan

    2014 Hosts: United Arab Emirates Winners: South Africa

    South Africa dominated from start to finish as they emerged unbeaten through the tournament before beating crowd favourites Pakistan by six wickets in the final at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Bangladesh won the Plate final with a 77-run win over New Zealand. Sixteen nations competed: the 10 Test-playing teams, the United Arab Emirates as hosts, and five additional associate and affiliate qualifiers (Afghanistan, Canada, Namibia, Papua New Guinea, and Scotland)

    Aiden Markram was named player of the tournament, in which Shadman Islam of Bangladesh was the leading scorer with 406 runs and Anuk Fernando of Sri Lanka was the leading bowler with 15 wickets.

    Players who made an immediate impression at the senior level after the 2014 tournament were Kagiso Rabada of South Africa, Mustafizur Rahman and Mehedi Hasan of Bangladesh, Kuldeep Yadav and Shreyas Iyer of India, and Kusal Mendis of Sri Lanka

    2016 Hosts: Bangladesh Winners: Windies

    Ten teams qualified automatically for the tournament through their status as ICC full members, while five others qualified by winning regional qualifying events. The final place at the tournament was taken by the winners of the 2015 Under-19 World Cup Qualifier, which was contested by the runners-up at the five regional qualifiers. However, the Australian squad pulled out of the tournament, citing security concerns and so Ireland were invited as a replacement.

    The Windies eventually defeated India by five wickets, claiming their first title. Bangladesh's captain Mehedi Hasan was named player of the tournament, while England's Jack Burnham and Namibia's Fritz Coetzee led the tournament in runs and wickets, respectively.

    Players in the tournament who featured for their national team in the future included Rashid Khan of Afghanistan, Rishabh Pant of India, Shadab Khan of Pakistan and Alzarri Joseph of the Windies.

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    This is What Former India and Pakistan U19 Cricketers Have to Say About The World Cup

    New Delhi:
    The ICC U19 Cricket World Cup is a dream platform for any teenage cricketer who wants to experience playing in a top-level international competition and make it big in the cricketing world. Realising the importance of the tournament, former India and Pakistan stars shared their experience of playing in U19 CWC and even urged the young players to seize the opportunity.

    Both India and Pakistan have performed well and reached the summit clash five times each of the U19 CWC, which is considered as a stepping stone in the development of all participants – players and match officials.

    Inzamam-ul-Haq, the former captain of Pakistan, is all praise at the opportunity that the U19 CWC provides while the likes of India opener Shikhar Dhawan, Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav, and Pakistan all-rounder Imad Wasim too have fond remembrances from their time at the tournament.

    This is what Indian players have to say about U19 CWC:

    Shikhar Dhawan (played in 2004): “The under-19 Cricket World Cup is a great platform for youngsters as they get an early feel of international cricket. The tournament provides players the opportunity to not just iron out their flaws but also to understand how things pan out in top tournaments.

    “I feel this tournament has gained in importance over the years with so many players prospering after doing well in the tournament. Look around and you will see that a number of players in each international side figured in past Under-19 World Cups. I have some great memories of the tournament since I was the leading scorer and player of the tournament in 2004. The tournament helped me gain confidence and prepare better for senior cricket.”

    Ravindra Jadeja (played in 2006 and 2008): “I think everyone appreciates the importance of this tournament, which brings together the best junior cricketers from around the world. It is a great learning ground and helps players comprehend what international cricket is all about.

    “For me, this tournament will always remain special since I was part of the team that won it in 2008 under Virat Kohli. Virat has since gone on to become one of the best batsmen of his generation and also a successful captain.”

    Kuldeep Yadav (played in 2014): “I was wicket-less against Pakistan in the first game…I got a hat-trick against Scotland which was really important for me and for the team as well. Later on I performed well in remaining matches. Now (I also have a hat-trick) against Australia, never dreamed of taking a hat-trick against a side like Australia. I’m now with two hat-tricks – one in the U19 World Cup and one in ODI matches.
    “It’s a big stage to represent your country, you will get a lot of publicity. It is obviously important to perform well in the U19 World Cup. Later on, you can develop your skills for the future and to play for the senior team. Enjoy, play hard and believe in yourself.”

    Now, take a look at Pakistan players’ experience of U19 CWC:

    Imad Wasim (played in 2006 and 2008): “As a young player it is a great learning curve. To play in front of 10 thousand, 15 thousand people – plus it was live on television – so as a young cricketer it was a great experience, gave me a lot of confidence when I played for Pakistan later on.

    “In 2006, we won the Under 19 World Cup and that was the best and biggest memory for us. Under-19 cricket is so important – the confidence takes you into first-class cricket and you keep developing there. We are all friends, there is no rivalry. I played with Virat (Kohli), (Ravindra) Jadeja, (Wayne Parnell), Tim Southee, (Kane) Williamson, (Steve) Smith, they were all in our batch and they were fantastic players.”

    Inzamam-ul-Haq (played in 1988): “I’d advise all players in the U19 World Cup to go out, enjoy the tournament and try to do their very best. At the age of 17 or 18, the experiences that you gather are never forgotten. That kind of experience does not come again. Players learn a lot, which can’t be done from any other source.

    “My base is the U19 World Cup. We lost in the final in 1998 (to Australia) but got an idea of international cricket. The earlier you get that experience, the better the grooming is. There was a lot to learn for us – Mushtaq (Ahmed), Aaqib (Javed), Shahid Anwar, Zohar Ali, Shakeel Khan, all who went on to play for Pakistan. There were also others who could not play for Pakistan but did very well in domestic cricket.”

    Shadab Khan (played in 2016): “All teams have potential international players. If you perform well, lots of doors open for you in your country. Pressure situations come – you are playing against the best from other countries. They are all good, so you have to show your worth. In my first match, I took five wickets in four overs against Afghanistan.

    “I feel very nice to meet the (present) Under 19 players. I’ve also gone through this level. My message for players is – don’t take the pressure, your skills will help you, don’t worry about the result.”

    The arch-rivals India and Pakistan have performed exceptionally well in U19 CWC, thus they understand the importance of the tournament.

    The Green-shirts made the final of the inaugural edition in 1988 and are the only side to have won back-to-back titles when the Sarfraz Ahmed-led side defeated India in 2006 final to follow up their 2004 victory. Pakistan also made the final in 2010 and 2014.

    On the other hand, the Men in Blue have clinched titles in 2000, 2008 and 2012. India also played the final in 2016 but lost to Windies, who won their first title.

    http://www.india.com/sports/former-...age-youngsters-to-grab-opportunities-2802209/
     
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    Pakistan U-19 captain Hassan hopeful of lifting silverware

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Under-19 cricket team left for New Zealand the other day to participate in the World Cup for the age group, which will start from January 13. Pakistan are being led by captain Hassan Khan and he is optimistic the team are ready to put on a good show for cricket fans in the country. Before entering the business end of the competition, the team are scheduled to play three ODIs against Australia. After that, they will be vying against hosts New Zealand in two 50-over encounters. “We have been training for a while now and rectified the mistakes we made in the Asia Cup. I believe the team is fit and ready to perform well in the mega event,” Hassan said.

    Pakistan national seniors’ team won the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017 and Hassan believes the Under-19 team wants to gift the first big trophy to the nation when the new year starts. “The tournament is taking place at the start of the year and we hope we can bring the trophy home and give our nation a new year’s gift,” said Hassan. Pakistan are placed in Group D in the tournament with Afghanistan, Ireland and Sri Lanka. They will open their Under-19 World Cup campaign with a match against Afghanistan on January 13 at Cobham Oval in Whangarei. Their next fixtures place them against Ireland, which will be played on January 16, while Hassan and his men will take on Sri Lanka in the last group D match on January 19. Meanwhile, in Group A, hosts New Zealand will compete for a place in the last eight against South Africa, West Indies and Kenya. Group B will see Australia, India, Papua New Guinea and Zimbabwe pitted against each other. Bangladesh, England, Canada and Namibia will vie against each other in Group C for the spot amongst the quarter-finalists.

    https://dailytimes.com.pk/165747/pakistan-u-19-captain-hassan-hopeful-lifting-silverware/
     
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    U19 World Cup is the best experience: Inzamam

    KARACHI: Former Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq believes that the kind of experience ICC U19 Cricket World Cup gives to young guns cannot be gained from any other source.

    Pakistan have reached the final of the tournament five times.

    Pakistan reached the final of the inaugural edition in 1988 and are the only ones to have won back-to-back titles — when the Sarfraz Ahmed-led side defeated India in the 2006 final to follow up their 2004 victory.

    “I’d advise all players to go out, enjoy the tournament and try to do their very best. At the age of 17 or 18, the experiences that you gather are never forgotten. That kind of experience does not come again. Players learn a lot,” said Inzamam, who is also chief selector of the national side.

    “My base is the Under-19 World Cup. We lost in the final in 1988 (to Australia) but got an idea of international cricket. The earlier you get that experience, the better the grooming is. There was a lot to learn for us — Mushtaq (Ahmed), Aaqib (Javed), Shahid Anwar, Zahoor Elahi, Shakeel Khan — all went on to play for Pakistan. There were also others who could not play for Pakistan but did very well in domestic cricket,” he added.

    Pakistan also reached the final in 2010 and 2014.

    India won titles in 2000, 2008 and 2012. They were finalists in 2016 when the West Indies won their first title.

    Imad Wasim, who played in the age-group tournament in 2006 and 2008, said it was a great experience to play in front of 10,000 to 15,000 people. “Plus it was live on television — so as a young cricketer it was a great experience, gave me a lot of confidence when I played for Pakistan later on,” he added.

    “In 2006, we won the Under-19 World Cup. That has been the best memory for us. Under-19 cricket is so important — the confidence takes you into first-class cricket and you keep developing there. I played with Virat (Kohli), (Ravindra) Jadeja, Wayne Parnell, Tim Southee, (Kane) Williamson, (Steve) Smith. They were all in our batch and they were fantastic players,” he said.

    Shadab Khan, who played in 2016 edition of the event, said all under-19 teams have potential international players. “If you perform well, lots of doors open for you in your country. Pressure situations come — you are playing against the best from other countries. They are all good, so you have to show your worth. In my first match, I took five wickets in four overs against Afghanistan,” he added.

    “I feel very nice to meet the (present) under-19 players. I’ve also gone through this level. My message for players is — don’t take pressure, your skills will help you, don’t worry about the result,” he said. The tournament is scheduled to be played in New Zealand from January 13 to February 3.

    https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/261349-u19-world-cup-is-the-best-experience-inzamam
     
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    A pick of the future stars at the U19CWC

    ICC U19 Cricket World Cups have always provided a huge platform for teenaged cricketers from varied backgrounds to display their talent and the 2018 edition that gets underway in New Zealand on 13 January is expected to be no different.

    This time, Afghanistan are one of the sides to watch, with captain Naveen-ul-Haq and off-spinner Mujeeb Zadran both having already played senior international cricket. Zadran’s four for 24 on ODI debut against Ireland brought him into the spotlight even though he had already helped his side win the Under-19 Asia Cup, with figures of six for 28 in the semi-final against Nepal and five for 13 in the final against Pakistan.

    For three-time champions Australia, Jason Sangha is the one to look out for in a team which also has former captain Steve Waugh’s son Austin Waugh. Sangha, who recently became the youngest cricketer since Sachin Tendulkar to score a first-class hundred against England at 18 years and 71 days, is the first Indian-origin cricketer to lead an Australia side.

    Former champions England boast Will Jacks, an all-rounder who can turn a match around with his abilities. He was at his best during the tour of South Africa. His three for 41 and unbeaten 71 stood out in one of England’s win on a way to a 4-1 series triumph.

    India, champions three times in a tournament which replicates a major tournament experience in terms of organization and playing facilities, have one of the most seasoned batsmen around in captain Prithvi Shaw. The 18-year-old, who first came into prominence when he hit 546 in an inter-school match in Mumbai in 2013, now has five first-class centuries against his name.

    For Ireland, Joshua Little’s left-arm seam bowling will be watched as he readies for his second U19 CWC. Little has already made his T20I debut and was also named in the T20I squad to pay against Afghanistan earlier this year but withdrew giving preference to his studies.

    Hosts New Zealand will be looking for their first title, with second-timer Rachin Ravindra one to look out for. Ravindra is an opening batsman who bowls left-arm spin, hence his admiration for both Sachin Tendulkar and Daniel Vettori. His family roots are in the southern Indian city of Bengaluru but he was born and brought up in Wellington where his father is an IT professional and also owns a cricket goods shop.

    For Pakistan, pace bowler Shaheen Afridi is the one to watch after a sensational first-class debut in which he took eight wickets in an innings. The left-armer made a record debut for Khan Research Laboratory against Rawalpindi, grabbing eight for 39 in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.

    South Africa, looking to regain the title they won in 2014, have a hard-hitting opening batsman in Matthew Breetzke, who has scored three centuries at the Under-19 level, the latest one having come against England. He also has a List A high score of 94 and is the player to look out for in a team that also features former pace bowler Makhaya Ntini’s son Thando Ntini.

    Like Ravindra, Kamindu Mendis also played in the previous U19 CWC; his all-round show helping Sri Lanka make it to the semi-finals. He made headlines as an ambidextrous spinner. Also a top-order batsman, he will be leading his side this time.

    The Windies have in their ranks Kirstan Kallicharan, who was touted as the next Brian Lara after his unbeaten 404 in an Under-14 school match in 2014. He was a part of the squad that won the tournament in Bangladesh in 2016, but did not get to play. A middle-order batsman and the current vice-captain, he scored a century against South Africa Under-19 in a 50-over match in July 2017.

    Pinak Ghosh is another cricketer who will be playing in his second U19 CWC. Part of the Bangladesh team that made it to the semi-finals in the last edition, Ghosh first caught attention after a 148-ball 150 against South Africa in Chatsworth in 2015. He was the second-highest run-getter in the 2017 Asia Cup where Bangladesh lost to Pakistan in the semi-finals.

    Rommel Shahzad (Canada), Aman Gandhi (Kenya), Jan Nicole Loftie-Eaton (Namibia), Leke Morea (Papua New Guinea), Liam Roche (Zimbabwe), are some of the other promising players whose performances will be watched during the tournament.

    https://www.icc-cricket.com/media-releases/585093
     
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    Afghanistan set to challenge Pakistan in U-19 World Cup

    Dubai: The upcoming ICC U19 Cricket World Cup will require the Pakistan team to set the record straight at the very outset. They will have to first prove that they can cope with the pressure having suffered a heavy loss to their neighbours Afghanistan in November. It may be recalled that Afghanistan thrashed Pakistan by 185 runs in the final of the Under-19 Asia Cup last year at the Kinrara Academy Oval ground in Malaysia.

    Pakistan have been one of the strongest sides in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup over the years. They won back-to-back titles in 2004 and 2006 and have also finished runners-up on three other occasions. Even in the previous edition, they lost to eventual champions the West Indies in the quarter-finals.

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    A lot will depend on Pakistan skipper Hassan Khan, who made his first-class debut for Karachi Whites this season and is in top form. They have very good strike bowlers in Munir Riaz, who took eight wickets in the Asia Cup in Malaysia, and Shaheen Afridi.

    However all eyes will be on Afghanistan’s 16-year-old off-spinner Mujeeb Zadran who produced a deadly five-wickets spell for 13 runs against Pakistan in the Asia Cup final and hogged the limelight in Sharjah when he made his one-day debut for his senior team by taking four for 24 against Ireland and bagged the player of the match award. He also played in Dubai in the T10 Cricket League for Bengal Tigers.

    The fact that Afghanistan remained unbeaten in the Asia Cup qualifiers to earn an entry into the ICC World Cup makes them the most formidable opponents for Pakistan in Group D. The other two teams in the group are Sri Lanka and Ireland.

    Sri Lanka too have an ambidextrous spinner in Kamindu Mendis. He was one of the players in the 2016 U-19 World Cup too but Sri Lanka finished fourth after losing to Bangladesh by three wickets in the third-place play-off. The fact that Sri Lank did not even qualify for the knockout stages of the Asia Cup is a big blow to the team. They also have another spinner in Praveen Jayawickrama, the second-highest wicket-taker in the Asia Cup with 11 wickets.

    Ireland have qualified to play in the World Cup by winning the European qualifier after a thrilling must-win game against Scotland. Ireland won by five runs mainly due to Joshua Little and Aaron Cawley, who picked up three wickets each, to dismiss Scotland for 103 in 34.5 overs. Little is being talked about as one of the finest bowlers to emerge from his country in recent years and has already played for the Ireland senior team.

    http://gulfnews.com/sport/cricket/p...hallenge-pakistan-in-u-19-world-cup-1.2152648
     
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    ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup opens in New Zealand

    [​IMG]ISLAMABAD: The ICC Under-19 Cricket World 2018 Cup officially got underway in style at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch, New Zealand on Sunday with an impressive ceremony showcasing New Zealand’s culture.

    According to a media release of the ICC, the ceremony was attended by representatives of all the 16 participating sides, Christchurch Councillor Aaron Keown, as well as New Zealand Cricket President Debbie Hockley, who, on behalf of the ICC and NZC, welcomed the teams to the tournament.

    The tournament proper gets underway on January 13 with matches spread across seven venues in the cities of Christchurch, Queenstown, Tauranga and Whangarei. The winners will be crowned in Tauranga on February 3. The teams will get a chance to get into their groove with practice matches in Christchurch from January 8-11. “The squads, officials and other spectators present at the event enjoyed the short opening programme, the highlight of which were traditional Maori dances. The cultural event was followed by photo shoots of participating teams in a festive atmosphere that saw the teams mingling with each other,” added the ICC release.

    Pakistan captain Hassan Khan said: “Our aim is to win the tournament. We have prepared well and hopefully we will perform well and make it three times for Pakistan and catch up with India and Australia (who have won three times each). Most of us are touring New Zealand for the first time but we are adjusting well and have a good chance to express ourselves.” Australia and India have both won the tournament three times, Pakistan are the only ones to have won back-to-back titles (in 2004 and 2006) while England, South Africa and the Windies are the other winners of the tournament.

    New Zealand Cricket President Debbie Hockley said in a statement: “This event plays an important role in developing its participants into international professionals, teaching them invaluable lessons in camaraderie, discipline, leadership, playing under pressure and, of course, appreciating the spirit of the game.” Tournament Director Brendan Bourke said in a statement: “Never before has an opening event taken place at an ICC U19 Cricket World Cup featuring all 16 teams, so we jumped at the opportunity to create a very special occasion for them.” The teams attending the opening ceremony were enthusiastic about the event with the captains looking to make the maximum of the chances that come their way.

    The ICC U19 Cricket World Cup, which is held every two years, replicates a major global tournament experience in terms of organization. The upcoming tournament from 13 January to 3 February is the 12th edition of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup and the third time it is being held in New Zealand. Group A comprises the Windies, New Zealand, South Africa and Kenya; Group B is formed by Australia, India, PNG and Zimbabwe; Group C consists of Bangladesh, Canada, England and Namibia; Group D comprises Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Ireland. According to the event format, the top two sides from each group will advance to the Super League while the remaining eight teams will figure in the Plate Championship. The preliminary round matches will be followed by quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals, plus the play-offs.

    https://dailytimes.com.pk/176049/icc-19-cricket-world-cup-opens-new-zealand/
     
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    U19 CWC warm-ups: Day One round-up

    Mohsin Khan hits first century of the event as the ball dominates
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    The first action of the 2018 Under 19 ICC Cricket World Cup took place today in and around Christchurch, with eight teams contesting warm-up matches.

    It was a day when the ball held sway – all but two teams were dismissed within their 50 overs – which made Muhammad Mohsin Khan’s hundred for Pakistan all the more impressive.

    His 114-ball 102 provided the bedrock for his side’s 297, with Mohammad Taha’s rapid 50, which contained four sixes, providing the late impetus. Taha then returned to claim 3/12 with his right-arm seamers to help dismiss Namibia for 107 and complete an excellent all-round performance for both player and team.

    Namibia were just pipped to the dubious honour of having the day’s lowest total by Papua New Guinea, who were dismissed for 105 by West Indies.

    The Windies were aiming to get miles in their players’ legs and so utilised eight bowlers, but slow left-armer Jeavor Royal managed to stand out from the crowd, taking 2/4 from his six overs, including the wicket of PNG’s top scorer, Igo Mahuru. Windies started cautiously in reply, starting the 17th over having scored just 53/2. But five and a half overs later the game was done, Bhaskar Yadram’s 23-ball 37 bringing proceedings to a swift conclusion.

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    The day’s two other contests were tighter affairs. New Zealand’s innings against Zimbabwe got off to an awful start, two wickets falling in two balls to Kieran Robinson to leave the Kiwis 7/2 in the third over. They rebuilt through skipper Kaylum Boshier, who compiled a stoic 113-ball 66, and Todd Watson, who was more belligerent, striking four sixes in his 32-ball 53.

    At 132-4, with middle-order pair Milton Shumba and Robert Chiminya both set and having added 74, Zimbabwe appeared to be in control. But Boshier turned the game with two wickets in an over, adding to his scalp of opposite number Liam Roche earlier in the piece, and the African side soon slid to 168 all out.

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    Qais Ahmed celebrates the key wicket of Pinak Ghosh
    Bangladesh’s game against Afghanistan meanwhile swung to and fro, with both teams seemingly competing to out-collapse each other – 16 players made single-figure scores across both sides.

    The lack of contributions made No.7 Azmatullah’s punchy 81, which contained five fours and sixes apiece, seem pivotal, pulling Afghanistan to a defendable 206. Still Bangladesh seemed in command when in the 15th over opener Pinak Ghosh reached his fifty, his team having raced to 84/1, the required run rate just 3.51.

    But Afghanistan applied the squeeze, especially through seamer Naveen-ul-Haq and legspinner Qais Ahmed who took 4/38 and 3/26 respectively, and Bangladesh only managed to add 60 in the subsequent 26.4 overs, losing wickets regularly to finish 150 all out.


    U19CWC Warm-Ups: Day 1

    Pakistan 297 (40.5/50 overs) beat Namibia 107 (30.3/50 overs) by 190 runs

    Afghanistan 206/8 (48.2 overs) beat Bangladesh 150 (41.4/50 overs) by 56 runs

    New Zealand 220 (49.4 overs) beat Zimbabwe 168 (44.5 overs) by 52 runs

    West Indies 106/3 (22.3/50 overs) beat Papua New Guinea 105 (41.1 overs) by 7 wickets



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    Warm-up matches washed out ahead of ICC U19 Cricket World Cup

    Bad weather conditions wash out the third day of the U19CWC warm-ups.

    The four practice matches scheduled for today were washed out with incessant rains across Christchurch, where teams are preparing for the upcoming ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2018.

    In the matches scheduled for the day, Afghanistan were to play Namibia, Bangladesh were to take on Pakistan, New Zealand were pitted against Papua New Guinea and defending champions the Windies were to play Zimbabwe.

    Afghanistan, Pakistan, New Zealand and the Windies had all warmed-up for the 16-team tournament with wins on Monday, the first day of the warm-up matches.

    The last set of practice matches tomorrow will see former champions Australia and South Africa play each other, Canada take on Ireland, India play Kenya and England face Sri Lanka.

    Meanwhile, the Event Technical Committee of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2017 has approved Euan Woods as a replacement player for Thomas Lammonby in the England squad for the tournament.

    Lammonby, a left-handed batsman who bowls left-arm medium pace, suffered an injury to his left hand during practice. Woods is also a left-hander who bowls off-spin.

    The replacement of a player requires the approval of the Event Technical Committee before the replacement player can be officially added to the squad.

    The Event Technical Committee of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2018 consists of Geoff Allardice (ICC, ETC chairman), Chris Tetley (ICC representative), Brendan Bourke (Host Tournament Director), Catherine Campbell (Host Nominee), Tom Moody and Ian Bishop (both independent nominees).

    Thursday's fixtures:Australia v South Africa, Hagley Park No. 4, Christchurch
    Canada v Ireland, Christ’s College, Christchurch
    England v Sri Lanka, Lincoln Green, Christchurch
    India v Kenya, Hagley Park 5, Christchurch


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    Bigger, more visible, but still a stepping stone

    In 1998, when the Under-19 World Cup made a return to the international calendar 10 years after the inaugural edition, the tournament was so low-key that it was largely held at university grounds in South Africa, where teams stayed on campus. Their window to the outside world was through local phone booths or through the team managers, who would often relay news to their anxious parents and vice-versa.

    Players shared dormitories, live coverage was a prospect that was scoffed at because the tournament wouldn't generate revenue, video highlights on demand was a distant thought, and social media was a decade into the future. The only glamour element was in the names of the four groups the teams were pooled into: Sunil Gavaskar, Don Bradman, Colin Cowdrey and Garfield Sobers.

    The Indian team was paid an allowance of USD 20 per day, which then amounted roughly to INR 750. Mohammad Kaif, who was part of the campaign, remembers reporting his scores to his parents late at night from a telephone booth outside the team's shared accommodation via the Kaif family's neighbours in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, since they did not have a landline connection.

    Today, the Indian team's allowances of USD 125 per day are at par with the senior men's team's, they fly business class - most teams do - and are accommodated in five-star hotels. Players walk around with the latest gadgets, broadcasting every inch of their journey not just back home to their families but to their stream of social-media followers.

    In addition to training and playing warm-up matches, most of the top sides have also been involved in advertisement shoots, mugshot shoots and in tournament promotion and signing souvenirs, all part of the ICC's robust marketing campaign. This time around, the tournament is set to be broadcast to more than 200 countries. This is in stark contrast to when the tournament first started in 1988, when the Indian team had to collect their kits from the local vendor in Australia minutes before their first match, or when the Pakistan players split into pairs and stayed with local families.

    On Sunday, Christchurch hosted an opulent cultural extravaganza that was attended by each of the 16 participating teams. Clearly, the tournament has come of age, as have the players, who are no longer stargazers but are dreaming of bigger, better and more realistic futures - particularly the players from Papua New Guinea, Kenya and Canada, who crave international exposure. In Ireland and Afghanistan, who were given Test status recently, these other Associates have a ready blueprint.

    Up until 2008, the Under-19 World Cup was a small window for players to possibly break into first-class sides, and then pitch for national selection. Players from Associate teams would often hit a roadblock, as there was little to look forward to once they outgrew the age-group structure. This explains perhaps why teams would field a core group of players across two editions, sometimes, before they went their own ways.

    All that has changed in the IPL era, which has brought with it that much more focus on T20 cricket, particularly since the 2016 Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh. The successes of the BBL, the PSL and the revived BPL have further transformed the outlook of these young cricketers.

    Rashid Khan, the Afghanistan legspinner, made his international debut three months before the Under-19 World Cup in 2016. But it was during the tournament that he grabbed the spotlight with his ripping googlies. Here was a teenager varying his pace and trajectory like an international veteran, making a statement to the world. Afghanistan would pick him in their World T20 squad two months later, and he would go on to become the second-highest wicket-taker in the competition.

    A year later, he starred for Sunrisers Hyderabad, who picked him for an astounding INR 4 crore (USD 628,000 approx), in a victorious IPL campaign. Today, he's scorching tracks in Australia for Adelaide Strikers, not just with the ball but with the bat too. The prospect of an Afghanistan cricketer being so much in demand would have been ridiculed even six years ago.

    On a similar path is Mujeeb Zadran, the 16-year-old offspinner, whose clinical dismantling of Chris Gayle and Brendon McCullum in the BPL only last month has already led to comparisons. Who knows, later this month, Mujeeb, who has already played for the senior team, could be the third Afghanistan player to get signed by an IPL team, apart from, of course, playing a key role for his Under-19 side at the tournament in New Zealand.

    Television and digital media coverage too has led to a completely new system of scouting. Take the case of Pakistan's Shaheen Afridi, who bagged a lucrative BPL contract on the back of a YouTube video of him bowling rip-roaring yorkers at will, eliciting comparisons with Mitchell Starc. He picked up 8 for 39 in 15 overs in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, for Khan Research Laboratories in September last year, statistically the best debut in first-class cricket in Pakistan. Now, he will once again be on the world stage.

    The upcoming Under-19 World Cup has already thrown up a number of possible future stars. Never before in the build-up have so many players been talked up as much, not even Virat Kohli, who led India to the title in 2008. For three months, during the build up to the 2008 edition, Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja were just any other customers at a fast-food joint they would frequent near the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, where the squad was training. Life hasn't been the same since they won the title. Five months on, Kohli made his India debut.

    This time, there's already hype surrounding the Australian pair of Austin Waugh and Will Sutherland, partly because of their surnames. Sutherland chose to accept a multi-year rookie deal with Victoria despite being touted as a potential top pick in the Australian Football League (AFL) draft. He will now lead Australia's fast-bowling charge.

    India captain Prithvi Shaw has already been touted by many as a future international cricketer. Shaw, a teenage prodigy who broke through on the back of a record-breaking 546 in schools cricket in Mumbai, already has five hundreds in only nine first-class matches. How Shaw and other players handle the pressure that comes with early fame in their quest to break into the senior team will make for interesting viewing.

    Several of the coaches who will be involved in the tournament - Rahul Dravid for India, Chris Rogers and Ryan Harris for Australia, and Jonathan Trott for England, to name a few - have enjoyed fulfilling international careers and know what it takes to succeed. Having mentors of that stature around will surely help the Under-19 players, who in the past have often faded away, in one way or another, for one reason or another.

    Ravneet Ricky, who opened for India during their run to the 2000 title, didn't make too much of an impact at the senior level despite playing 73 first-class games. Brett Williams, Australia's best batsman and the leading run-getter by a mile in 1988, managed to play all of four first-class games before quitting the game. Saurabh Netravalkar, the India left-arm quick in the 2010 edition, moved on to pursue a career in the corporate world after obtaining a degree in computer science; he, along with classmates, developed what they called a one-stop manager app for cricketers - CricDecode - that was listed on the Google Play store and also featured on ESPNcricinfo. (Incidentally, he might have a second shot at being an international cricketer - currently living and working in California and, having been in the USA for several years now, word is he could turn out for USA sometime this year.)


    "I think a lot of these kids at the Under-19 level, by the very nature of the fact that they are here, are probably a lot more talented and just have better skillsets than some of the other kids whom they compete with," Dravid says. "And then suddenly, as they leave this level, they compete with people who have better skillsets than them, more experience, and it's just the adjustment of having to deal with that kind of thing... it's something we find is a big challenge.

    "They go from being stars in their team and consistent performers at Under-19 level to men's cricket where not all of them have that level of success straightaway. Having to deal with that is one of the great challenges for a lot of these boys."

    Of course there are plenty of success stories, such as Quinton de Kock, who scorched the tournament in 2012, or more recently Kagiso Rabada and Aiden Markram, both part of South Africa's title-winning squad in 2014, or Alzarri Joseph who impressed with his fiery pace and accuracy for West Indies in a championship-winning campaign in 2016. In these lie examples for players from all the teams, on how to go about using this tournament to catch the eye and then pushing on to greater glory.


    http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/22031743/bigger-more-visible-stepping-stone
     
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    A right-hand Sangha, a left-arm Afridi
    A number of players who are set to feature in the 2018 edition of the Under-19 World Cup have already made a place for themselves in the public consciousness courtesy their on-field exploits. Some have done it at first-class level and have even been picked to play in T20 leagues across the world. Others have been prolific at the age-group levels and now have an opportunity to make the next step up the ladder. ESPNcricinfo picks five players to keep an eye on during the tournament, which begins in New Zealand on January 13:

    Shaheen Afridi (Pakistan)

    With an action that has already elicited comparisons with Mitchell Starc, Shaheen burst onto the scene with figures of 8 for 39 for Khan Research Laboratories against Rawalpindi in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, the best figures by a Pakistani cricketer on first-class debut. Shaheen, who was born after the turn of the millennium, isn't the first from his family to don Pakistan colours. His older brother Riaz, who played one Test for Pakistan in November 2004, was part of a successful Under-19 World Cup winning team in 2004.

    Shubman Gill (India)

    While all eyes will be on Prithvi Shaw, India's captain, teams would do well to make note of Gill's penchant for big runs. Gill, who generally bats No. 3, has been a constant feature in Rahul Dravid's plans during the build up to the 2018 tournament. Along the way, he's also been picked for Punjab in the Ranji Trophy. If he hadn't injured himself at training ahead of the Ranji Troohy season, he would have also made his India A debut when New Zealand A toured the country in August-September.

    Gill has constantly played at an age-group level above his. In 2014, he smacked 351 in Punjab's Inter-District Under-16 tournament, and shared a record opening stand of 587 with Nirmal Singh. On his Under-16 state debut for Punjab, he made an unbeaten double-century in the Vijay Merchant Trophy. Later that year, he would go on to share the stage with his idol Virat Kohli while receiving a BCCI award for the best junior cricketer, which he won for two successive years: 2013-14 and 2014-15.

    Gill's real test with the India Under-19s came earlier this year, when he amassed 351 runs in four innings to win Man of the Series during the Youth ODI series at home against England. In the reciprocal tour, his first in English conditions, he top-scored once more, with 278 runs in four innings. India swept both series.

    Mujeeb Zadran (Afghanistan)

    He can bowl traditional offspin and mix it up with legspin and ripping googlies to make what Afghanistan coach Andy Moles terms a "complete package". At just 16, Mujeeb wants to follow in the footsteps of Rashid Khan, his senior by two years. There's plenty of hype surrounding him too, supported by the weight of his performances.

    Mujeeb was part of an Afghanistan Under-19 side that clinically dismantled the Bangladesh Under-19s 3-1 in their own den. Bowling predominantly with the new ball, Mujeeb, who picked up eight wickets in the first three games of that series, nearly doubled his tally during the course of a nine-over spell in which he took 7 for 19, the joint second-best best bowling figures in all Youth ODIs. This performance was all the more spectacular as it helped Afghanistan defend 133. Bangladesh, reduced to 11 for 6 at one stage in that game, lost the series 3-1.

    Mujeeb went on to pick up 17 wickets in the series, the most by a bowler in a bilateral Youth ODI series. These performances against their own country perhaps coaxed Comilla Victorians to sign him as a replacement player during the 2017-18 edition of the Bangladesh Premier League.

    Mujeeb continued to enhance his reputation on the global stage by starring in Afghanistan's historic triumph at the Under-19 Asia Cup, where they beat Pakistan in the final with him claiming a five-wicket haul. The title-clinching performance was preceded by a six-for in the semi-final against Nepal. He finished the tournament with 20 wickets in five games.

    Jason Sangha (Australia)

    Sangha first caught the eye after being picked for the School Sports Australia Carnival in Darwin in 2016. His inclusion came following a meteoric rise through the summer of 2015, when he started the season in the New South Wales Under-15 Schoolboys team before being picked in the Cricket Australia Invitation sides for both the Under-17s, where he made four half-centuries in five games, and the Under-19 National Championships. Impressive performances here made him the the youngest cricketer in Australia's history to be handed a rookie contract with New South Wales, in 2016-17.

    His age-group performances led to a BBL contract for the sixth edition with the Sydney Thunder. The franchise had earlier signed Arjun Nair through their youth system. Sangha was earmarked for an Under-19 debut ahead of their 2016 World Cup, but couldn't play since Australia withdrew from the tournament in Bangladesh citing security fears.

    In November 2016, in what was a sign of things to come, Sangha, aged 18 years and 71 days, defied England's Test attack in a pre-Ashes toue game to become the youngest first-class centurion in Australia since Ricky Ponting (18 years and 39 days) made one for Tasmania against New South Wales in 1992-93. He also became the second-youngest man in history, after Sachin Tendulkar, to record a first-class century against England.

    Afif Hossain (Bangladesh)

    Bangladesh's Under-19 coach Damian Wright has gone as far as labelling him "possibly the most talented left-hand batsman at the tournament." Primarily an opening batsman, Afif has all the shots in the book, and the confidence with which he approaches his batting has earned him plaudits. However, in November, it was with his bowling and electric fielding that he shot into the limelight.

    A virtual unknown in the T20 circles up until then, Afif, who had trained with Rajshshi Kings, announced himself on T20 debut by claiming 5 for 21 with his offspin, including the big scalp of Chris Gayle. At 17 years and 72 days, he became the youngest bowler to pick up a five-for in T20s. Afif is a student of the BKSP, Bangladesh's premier sports institute, which has produced a number of international cricketers including Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/22031745/a-right-hand-sangha-left-arm-afridi
     
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    Afghanistan U-19s upset Pakistan with Rasooli's 76*

    Afghanistan Under-19 194 for 5 (Rasooli 76*, Khil 46) beat Pakistan U-19 188 (Nazir 81, Omarzai 3-34, Ahmad 3-38) by five wickets

    Darwish Rasooli struck an unbeaten 78-ball 76 to lead Afghanistan to victory in their opening match of the Under-19 World Cup, beating Pakistan by five wickets.

    Chasing 189, Afghanistan were reduced to 50 for 3, before Rasooli, in the company of wicketkeeper Ikram Ali Khil, staved off Pakistan's challenge. Rasooli shared partnerships of 75 with Khil (46), 42 with Nisar Wahdat (19) and 27* with Azmatullah Omarzai (12*) to carry Afghanistan home with 15 balls to spare. Prior to the start of their campaign, Rasooli had spoken about the ease with which he can hit sixes and so his concentration was on batting long and pulling his team out of trouble.

    After Pakistan had chosen to bat, they lost opener Muhammad Zaid for 0 and No. 3 Ammad Alam for 1. Wicketkeeper Rohail Nazirresurrected the innings in the company of Ali Zaryab Asif (30). The pair put on 88 off 138 balls.

    Nazir's dismissal for 81 sparked a collapse as Pakistan gave away their last seven wickets for 42 runs. Fast bowler Omarzai and legspinner Qais Ahmad picked up three wickets apiece.

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    lol we can beat Australia in Australia but cant beat afghanistan (again).

    What an embarrassment of a team
     
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    The story is the same for senior & u-19 teams. Batting collapses. Both collapsed on the same day.
     
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    In the same host country and against oppositions who were supposed to be our punching bag in cricket
     
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    First of all Afghanistan should be checked out as you can't just send out 25 year olds to play 18 year olds,Plus our u-19 team better get out of the mentality of loosing to Afghanistan.

    Rohail Nazir batted well so that's a positive,

    Still of what I have seen the U-19 level has got quite some talent.

    some guys on the bench are performing well,Maybe went in with one less batsman.
     
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    I caught some of Ind v Aus. Indian’s have some serious talent coming through. Their two opening batsmen are class.

    They have three bowlers clocking 145kph..one clocked 149kph. India can dominate world cricket in the near future.

    @Mohan
     
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    Do they have decent actions/Swing?
     
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    Yes..very good actions. Here is a link:

     
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    They'll only get better and Faster.

    How much were the Aussie bowlers Clocking?
     
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    Aussies were trundling
     
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    A do-or-die match in an unforgiving group.
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    Given the short-and-sweet nature of the round-robin stage of the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup, teams that lose their opening encounters usually find themselves in a do-or-die scenario soon after. At the Cobham Oval in Whangarei on Tuesday (16 January), it will be Ireland and Pakistan striving to avoid defeat. Having lost to Sri Lanka and Afghanistan respectively, victory is imperative for both sides – a defeat will mean elimination.

    Form guide

    A middle-order collapse is what cost Pakistan in that opening match against Afghanistan. Rohail Nazir’s 81 had set things up nicely for them, but they were snuffed out for 188. Their bowlers then did well to reduce Afghanistan to 50/3 but couldn’t capitalise, Darwish Rasooli scoring 76 to give Afghanistan the victory. Despite that, Pakistan should have enough in them to keep Ireland at bay, especially given the fact that they recently reached the Under 19 Asia Cup final, seeing off all of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and UAE en route.

    Ireland might have suffered a seven-wicket loss to Sri Lanka, but they had their moments. Jamie Grassi impressed considerably during his 75, and Ireland could have had Sri Lanka under the pump had they capitalised on their 73-run opening stand. They also impressed with the ball, reducing Sri Lanka to 9/2 and 51/3 before Dhananjaya Lakshan and Kamindu Mendis took it away from them. Expect them to push Pakistan hard.

    Players to watch

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    Rohail Nazir looked in good touch against Afghanistan, and Ireland will have to keep an eye on him.
    Rohail Nazir (Pak)

    What stood out about Rohail Nazir when he batted against Afghanistan was his composure. He faced up to an aggressive Naveen-ul-Haq, the Afghanistan captain, and rode the storm when wickets fell around him. During the course of his 81, Pakistan looked to have bounced back after early setbacks, and it is only after he was dismissed that Afghanistan truly got a foothold on the innings. He is certainly in good nick, and Ireland will need to find a way past him if they are to entertain hopes of toppling Pakistan.

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    Pakistan will have to pay extra attention on Joshua Little.
    Joshua Little (Ire)

    For a while during the clash against Sri Lanka, it seemed as though Ireland would struggle to even cross 200. That they eventually posted 207 had a lot to do with Little. His 19-ball 25 added power and intensity to the innings, and he looks the type capable of muscling sixes almost at will. With the ball, he is a hard worker and deceptively quick. Given the fact that he has already made his full international debut in T20Is, Pakistan might have to pay extra attention to him.

    Head to head

    Ireland and Pakistan have so far played each other just twice in the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup. The first occasion was in the 1998 ICC U19 CWC, when Pakistan won by a huge margin of 139 runs. The second and last time was six years later, in Khulna in 2004, when they were again comprehensive winners, easing to an eight-wicket victory.

    World Cup history

    Pakistan are the third-most successful team in ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup history, having taken home the title twice, in 2004 and 2006, behind only India and Australia. They have made the final on a further three occasions, including at the first-ever tournament in 1988, with a team including future legends Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mushtaq Ahmed.

    Ireland have made seven appearances at the Under 19 World Cup over the years, going back to 1998 when they made their debut in South Africa. They have never made the knockouts, but their highest finish of 10th did come on these shores in 2010. They played the 2016 tournament only because Australia withdrew, and they ended the campaign in 13th spot.

    Forecast

    On the eve of the match, Whangarei battled showers, high wind speeds and the stinging sun, all taking turns to beat down. Expect a few delays during the match, but nothing too serious as to force abandonment – the drainage at the Cobham Oval is said to be particularly good.

    Squads

    Pakistan: Hasan Khan (c), Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Ali Khan, Ammad Alam, Zaid Alam, Ali Zaryab, Arshad Iqbal, Muhammad Mohsin Khan, Muhammad Musa, Saad Khan, Rohail Nazir (wk), Munir Riaz, Suleman Shafqat, Imran Shah, Mohammad Taha.

    Ireland: Harry Tector (c), Ian Anders, Aaron Cawley, Varun Chopra, Mark Donegan, JJ Garth, Jamie Grassi, Reece Kelly, Graham Kennedy, Josh Little, Sam Murphy, Max Neville, Neil Rock, Morgan Topping, Andrew Vincent.


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    Imran Khan disappointed with Pakistan U-19’s defeat against Afghanistan U-19

    Former Pakistan captain and one of the greatest cricketers of all time, Imran Khan said on Monday that he was disappointed to read about Pakistan’s defeat against Afghanistan in the U-19 World Cup.

    Imran Khan stated the condition of Afghanistan’s playing condition that they do not have a proper cricket ground in their country, but they still managed to dominate Pakistan.

    He further talked about the match played between the two young teams and said that Afghanistan did not only beat Pakistan, but they actually defeated them convincingly.

    Pakistan’s World Cup winning skipper revealed his vision that he wants to make Pakistan the superpower in sports.

    He said that he had a plan to establish at least one ground in every district of KPK before his party came into the power in the province and they have already established a hundred new playgrounds there.

    He further stated that he wants to discover the unearthed talent from different parts of the country that can restore Pakistan’s lost glory in sports.

    https://arysports.tv/imran-khan-disappointed/
     
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    Shaheen Shah Afridi destroyed Ireland. 6/15
     
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    video link
     
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    Game is over Pakistan chased the target of 97 in less than 9 overs LOL
     
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    Brilliant Afridi opens Pakistan's account

    Paceman's 6/15 bundles out Ireland for 97 to help his side win by nine wickets
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    Shaheen Afridi’s display of traditional fast-bowling – pace, aggression and unbridled passion – saw him claim a six-wicket haul that also had Ireland bundled out for 97 at the Cobham Oval in Whangarei on Tuesday (January 16). Afridi’s incredible return of 6 for 15 in just 8.5 overs, including three maidens, was the best ever returns for Pakistan in the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup.

    It helped them coast to a nine-wicket victory, and stay in contention for a spot in the knockouts, after Zaid Alam (43 not out off 19) and Hassan Khan (27 not out off 21), the captain, added a quick 53 to finish things off to bring up the 98-run target in just 8.5 overs.

    When Ireland were put in in overcast conditions, their captain, Harry Tector, was hopeful that Jamie Grassi and Mark Donegan could provide a solid foundation, like they had against Sri Lanka in their previous encounter. However, they just couldn’t hold their own against Pakistan’s spirited display with the ball.

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    The openers put on 20 runs before the stand was broken by Arshad Iqbal, with Donegan holing out for a 16-ball 11. It was a steady slide thereafter. Afridi had Mark Topping (2) poking outside off for his first wicket, and then followed that up with the scalp of Tector (3), who after being peppered with short balls eventually top-edged to the ‘keeper.

    The short-ball barrage then led to the dismissal of Grassi as well, and with their in-form batsman dismissed, Ireland were in dire straits at 34/4. Sam Murphy and Neil Rock then combined for a 30-run stand that raised Irish hopes of a comeback. They did well to stand up to the short stuff, and Rock in particular carried on bravely after taking one on the face, just below his helmet grille.

    They inched the total past the 50-run mark, but Pakistan weren’t to be denied for long. Hassan introduced himself and had Rock dismissed with just his second ball – the attempted the sweep went straight to the fielder at short square leg.

    it's all over in Whangarei! Pakistan power to their target of 98 in just 8.5 overs to seal a 9 wicket win over Ireland at #U19CWC! #PAKvIRE Scorecard ➡️ https://t.co/Zp1RWIeRsh pic.twitter.com/7W1Ov9xGw2

    — Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) January 16, 2018
    Afridi then returned and mixed up his short-deliveries with yorkers to dismantle the rest of the Ireland lower order, along with Hassan. Graham Kennedy was bowled for a duck by Afridi, while Hassan found the gap between Murphy’s bat and pad, ending his valiant 40-ball stay in the middle. Hassan then had Reece Kelly dismissed for nought for his third wicket before Afridi had both Aaron Cawley and Max Neville bowled to finish off the innings.

    All the while, Joshua Little looked to muscle Ireland past the 100-mark with a couple of meaty fours. He ended unbeaten on a 20-ball 24, but Ireland needed a lot more of that on the day.

    With the bat, Pakistan wasted little time. There were 13 runs off the first over, six of those coming in extras. Alam then went about picking the gaps as Pakistan looked to finish things off early. Rohail Nazir was dismissed for a 14-ball 18, but Hassan then joined Alam and the two finished things off in a hurry.

    Hassan and Alam added an unbroken 53, picking boundaries for fun. The two needed just 4.4 overs to bring up the winning runs, and Alam brought up the winning runs in style with a pull for six over square leg.

    Ireland were understandably distraught.

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  40. Mohan
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    Mohan Formerly 'Captain Clutch'

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    Yeah pleasing to the eyes. High time our phaast bowlers stopped trundling :D

    This is why Dravid being incharge of them is so useful.
     

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