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Future stars ready to show their talent in ICC U19 CWC 2014

South Africa to go head to head with the West Indies in Dubai in a match to be covered live by ICC’s broadcast partner Star Sports, while 1998 champion England takes on host UAE in Abu Dhabi

Future stars ready to show their talent in ICC U19 CWC 2014 - Cricket News
South Africa and the West Indies will go head to head at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

On Saturday, India will open its title defence against two-time former champion Pakistan in Dubai and three-time winner Australia will square off against Namibia in Abu Dhabi

Free images from England-UAE and South Africa-West Indies matches will be available for download and editorial use; please credit 2014 © IDI/Getty Images

Future stars will get a chance to show their talent, potential and prowess in a truly global event when the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2014 gets underway across the United Arab Emirates on Friday 14 February.

The tournament has provided impetus to the careers of stalwarts like Michael Atherton, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Nasser Hussain, Brian Lara, Sanath Jayasuriya and Graeme Smith as well as current stars like Ahmed Shahzad, Alastair Cook, Quinton de Kock, Shikhar Dhawan, Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, Angelo Mathews, Shakib Al Hasan, Steven Smith and Ross Taylor among others. It is one of the most important and followed cricketing events in which teenagers get a taste of international experience, pressure and exposure, and also receive training and education on anti-doping and anti-corruption.

This year’s ICC U19 CWC carries extra significance as it is taking place a year before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. As such, a lot of cricketers will be looking to excel in this tournament so that they can catch the eye of their national selectors and earn the honour of representing their countries in cricket’s biggest extravaganza which will be staged in Australia and New Zealand from 14 February to 1 March next year.

The 16 teams in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2014 have been divided equally in four groups, which are:

The four groups are:

Group A                     Group B                     Group C                     Group D

India                            Australia                     South Africa               New Zealand

Pakistan                      Bangladesh                 West Indies                 England

Scotland                      Afghanistan                Zimbabwe                   Sri Lanka

PNG                            Namibia                      Canada                        UAE           

The top two teams from each group will progress to the Super League quarter-finals, while the two bottom teams from each group qualify for the Plate Championship quarter-finals.

On the opening day, four matches will be played with 1998 champion England taking on the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi, Zimbabwe facing Canada at Abu Dhabi Oval 1, New Zealand squaring off against Sri Lanka at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, and South Africa and the West Indies going head to head at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in a match that will be covered live by ICC’s broadcast partner Star Sports. This will be one of the 11 matches, including two quarter-finals, both the semi-finals and the final will be televised.

India will seek to defend the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup title in a 16-day tournament in which 48 matches will be played. India, which is also the holder of the ICC Cricket World Cup and the ICC Champions Trophy, has also previously won the crown under Mohammad Kaif in 2000 and Kohli in 2008, but unlike Pakistan, its opponent in Saturday’s match at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, it has never won back-to-back titles.

India seems to have strong credentials in this event as only a month ago in the UAE, it won the U19 Asia Cup when it defeated Pakistan in the final. Last year in July, it also won the Top End U19 tri-series, which featured Australia and New Zealand, and beat Sri Lanka in August in a bilateral series as well as winning the U19 quadrangular series, which also involved South Africa, Australia and Zimbabwe.

However, the final build-up for India has been far from ideal as it lost both its warm-up matches to Sri Lanka (by five wickets) and South Africa (five wickets).

Previewing the tournament and his side’s match against Pakistan, India captain Vijay Zol said: “We are really confident about our chances in the tournament. We have won in the past and also the recently concluded Asia Cup. So, we are carrying the momentum with us. Everybody is looking in good nick and working hard, and we are looking forward to playing in the tournament.

“Pakistan is a good team. They have been doing well on the U19 circuit, but we have managed to beat them. Recently, we beat them in the Asia Cup final that was also played here in the UAE. We are very confident about playing against them.”

Australia, which has won the title in 1988, 2002 and 2010, also lost both its warm-up matches to Zimbabwe (by three wickets) and Pakistan (by 38 runs). But, captain Alex Gregory was confident and said his boys were looking forward to the tournament.

“It's a very special moment for all the boys. I’m sure they’ve dreamt of representing their country all their lives with the final goal of wearing a baggy green, so it will be exciting to play on an international stage and see if we can perform under pressure,” said Gregory, who is one of the 35 players along with Zol and Pakistan captain Sami Aslam to feature in their second successive ICC U19 Cricket World Cup.

“We have a well-balanced side of powerful hitters and skilled fast and spin bowlers, so we have the ability to perform well in this tournament. India beat us in the final of the last World Cup, so experiencing that loss has fed the hunger for this World Cup.

“To win the ICC U19 World Cup would be a huge achievement. Many of the boys have spoken about how much it will mean to them to win the title, however currently we are more focussed on the process to win each game than looking to the final result,” he concluded.

Apart from India and Australia, Pakistan is the other side to have won the tournament on more than one occasion. It won in 2004 and 2006 in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh respectively, while it also finished runner-up in Australia in 1988 and in New Zealand in 2010.

Besides Sami, opener Inam-ul-Haq, left-arm spinner Zafar Gohar and left-arm fast bowler Zia-ul-Haq will also be appearing in their second World Cup.

Bangladesh has won Plate Championship title three times, while Nepal, Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies and Bangladesh have won once each.

Friday fixtures (first round):

England v UAE, Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Zimbabwe v Canada, Abu Dhabi Oval 1

New Zealand v Sri Lanka, Sharjah Cricket Stadium

South Africa v West Indies, Dubai International Cricket Stadium

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Broadcast

The list of official broadcasters and their broadcast schedules can be found here.

Media Guide and tournament website

The tournament media guide contains information on the competing teams, tournament statistics and tournament information, and is available for download from here.

The official tournament website www.icc-cricket.com will contain match reports, an up-to-date points table, fixtures and tournament statistics, while the Playing Conditions can be downloaded from here.

Contact details of team managers

There will be no formal pre-event media opportunities, however, the relevant team manager can be contacted directly for all media queries and interview requests relating to specific teams.

 

Team

Team Manager

UAE mobile number

Afghanistan

Shir Hamkar

+971 (0) 56 624 3595

Australia

Greg Chappell

+971 (0) 56 694 3887

Bangladesh

Nazmul Abedeen

+971 (0) 56 624 1945

Canada

Wijay Senathirajah

+971 (0) 56 624 3378

England

John Abrahams

+971 (0) 56 624 2238

India

R I Palani

+971 (0) 56 694 3478

Namibia

Polly Negongo

+971 (0) 56 625 9589

New Zealand

Kaushik Patel

+971 (0) 56 625 9675

Pakistan

Ali Zia

+971 (0) 56 624 1996

PNG

Greg Campbell

+971 (0) 56 625 9662

Scotland

Sam Scott

+971 (0) 56 624 3471

South Africa

Morgan Pillay

+971 (0) 56 694 3391

Sri Lanka

Shiran Abeysekera

+971 (0) 56 625 9688

UAE

Gopal Jasapara

+971 (0) 56 693 7571

West Indies

Altamont Solomon

+971 (0) 56 694 2433

Zimbabwe

Nick Singo

+971 (0) 56 694 2255

 

The ICC Tournament Media Manager is Anisa Khan, who can be contacted on + 971 (0) 50 640 1107 oranisa.khan@icc-cricket.com.

Playing hours

 

·       All matches except Super League semi-finals and final at DICS:

·       First session - 0930-1300

·       Interval - 1300-1330

·       Second session - 1330-1700

 

·       Super League semi-finals and final at DICS:

·       First session - 1200-1530

·       Interval - 1530-1600

·       Second session - 1600 - 1930

 Facilities at venues

There will be live, ball-by-ball scoring from each of the warm-up matches on http://www.icc-cricket.com/

For all group matches, semi-finals and finals, there will be a tabled, sheltered, press box available to all accredited members of the media. The facilities will include power points, wireless internet, all-day light refreshments, lunch/dinner served during the break in innings, access to scorers.

Unless there is significant demand, there will be no formal post-match press conferences. Through the venue manager or team managers, media can request interviews with players or coaches as appropriate.

Daily round-ups

Daily round ups of each match day of the ICC U19 CWC UAE 2014 will be circulated to media and will be available on the ICC website www.u19cwc.com/ as well as on the ICC Media Zone

The ICC Media Zone is free to access and available to all media. Media needing access to the ICC Media Zone can register itself at http://www.icc-cricket.com/mediazone/ and obtain login credentials.

More information on the ICC U19 CWC UAE 2014 can be found here.

The full schedule of matches can be found here.

 Video News Release

A Video News Release previewing the tournament is available at the ICC Media Zone.

Media accreditation pass pick-up

For those members of the media who have successfully applied for event media accreditation, the passes can be collected from the match manager from the location nominated in your application form. On arrival at the venue, please ask for the match manager who will deliver the pass to you.

Twitter

The official tournament hashtag is #u19cwc.

Photography coverage

The ICC will be providing five images from certain matches of the tournament matches free of charge. Any images used should be credited as 2014 © IDI/Getty Images.

The media can access these images here.

 The schedule of photographs is:

14 Feb

England v UAE

Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi

14 Feb

South Africa v West Indies

Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

15 Feb

Australia v Namibia

Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi

15 Feb

India v Pakistan

Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

16 Feb

West Indies v Zimbabwe

Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi

16 Feb

England v Sri Lanka

Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

17 Feb

Bangladesh v Namibia

Abu Dhabi Oval 1, Abu Dhabi

17 Feb

Australia v Afghanistan

Abu Dhabi Oval 2, Abu Dhabi

17 Feb

India v Scotland

Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

18 Feb

South Africa v Zimbabwe

Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi

18 Feb

New Zealand v England

Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

19 Feb

Australia v Bangladesh

Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi

22 Feb

Super League QF 4 D1vA2

Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

22 Feb

Super League QF 1 A1 v D2

Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

23 Feb

Super League QF 3 C1 v B2

Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

23 Feb

Super League QF 2 B1v C2

Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

24 Feb

Super League Semi-final  1WSLQF1 v WSLQF4

Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

25 Feb

Plate Semi-final 1WPQF1 vWPQF4

Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi

25 Feb

Plate Semi-final 2 WPQF2 v WPQF3

Abu Dhabi Oval 1, Abu Dhabi

26 Feb

Super League Semi-final 2 WQF2 v WQF3

Dubai International Cricket Stadium

27 Feb

Plate Championship Final

Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi

1 Mar

Super League Final

Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai