India-Pakistan will have a semi-final showdown on Monday if they win tomorrow
Defending champion India and traditional rival Pakistan are heading for a rematch in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2014 when they will feature in the quarter-finals on Saturday.
Vijay Zol’s India will square-off against 1998 winner England in front of Star Sports cameras at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, while Sami Aslam’s lads will take on Sri Lanka at Pakistan’s happy hunting ground – Sharjah Cricket Stadium. If both the sides come out on top, then they will lock horns in the first semi-final that will be played on Monday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Also on Saturday, Bangladesh will take on Canada and Namibia will meet Zimbabwe in the Plate Championship matches in Abu Dhabi.
On Sunday, Afghanistan will meet South Africa and Australia will take on the West Indies in the remaining two quarter-finals, while in the Plate Championship matches in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will face Scotland and New Zealand will test Papua New Guinea (PNG).
India v England
India, except for the match against Scotland where it slipped to 22 for five while chasing 89 for victory, has been in good touch when it defeated Pakistan by 40 runs and then thumped Papua New Guinea (PNG) by 245 runs. In contrast, England lost a tight match to Sri Lanka by one wicket but bounced back to defeat New Zealand by 115 runs after having earlier beaten the United Arab Emirates by (UAE) by 213 runs.
Sanju Samson with 160 runs and Sarfaraz Khan with 153 runs are in good form for India while Kuldeep Yadav with eight wickets is the most successful bowler going into the Super League stage. In contrast, Jonathon Tattersall with 136 runs, Ryan Higgins with 108 runs and opener Harry Finch with 103 runs have done most of the scoring for England, while Matthew Fish, Will Rhodes and off-spinner Rob Sayer have taken five wickets apiece.
India can take a lot of comfort from the fact that it leads 6-1 on head-to-head with England in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup. However, when the two sides met last , England defeated India by 31 runs with Ben Stokes scoring 100, in Lincoln in the 2010 event in New Zealand.
Vijay Zol, who was a member of the India side that won the tournament in Townsville in 2012, previewing the quarter-final said: “It doesn’t matter that we’re playing England in the quarter-final. We have set our standards in all the three departments – batting, bowling and fielding. So, we’d like to live up to our standards.
“The league games were really good and competitive, and our team looks in perfect mood and everyone’s in good nick and we are raring to go.
“Kuldeep Yadav has been our main weapon for the last one year now. He has done well in all the tournaments, even in the three World Cup matches.”
Rhodes, looking ahead to the India match, said: “We’re really excited about playing India. It is the defending champion and we have played some good cricket in the tournament so far. We’re feeling confident and really looking forward to the game on Saturday.
“The group stage was very exciting. All the teams gave in their best and we finally made our place among the eight teams that will play the (Super League) quarter-finals.”
Pakistan v Sri Lanka
Pakistan, which won the tournament in 2004 and 2006 when it was staged in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, suffered a defeat against India in the opener but recovered to beat PNG and Scotland by an identical margin of 145 runs. In contrast, Sri Lanka opened the tournament with a 49-run victory over New Zealand, then held its nerve to beat England by one wicket before romping home by eight wickets against the UAE.
Pakistan’s Imam-ul-Haq is the tournament’s leading run-getter to date with 260 runs, while his fellow opener and captain Sami Aslam is the other prominent scorer with 129 runs. The two batsmen have provided their side two century opening wicket starts. In bowling, Karamat Ali has bagged seven wickets while Zafar Gohar has taken six wickets.
In contrast, Sri Lanka openers Sadeera Samarawickrama and Hashan Dumindu have been timing the ball very nicely. Samarawickrama has scored 156 runs while Dumindu has aggregated 147 runs and both the batsmen have centuries against their names. Fast bowler Anuk Fernando with seven wickets is Sri Lanka’s most successful bowler, followed by Binura Fernando, who has picked up six wickets.
On a head-to-head in ICC U19 Cricket World Cup, Pakistan leads Sri Lanka by 3-1. The two sides last met in the 2010 event in Lincoln, New Zealand, where Pakistan won by five runs.
Sami, looking ahead to Saturday’s match, said: “We played in three tournaments in the lead up to the World Cup and came here with a lot of confidence. We lost the first match, but I think it was just a bad day as then we defeated Scotland and PNG by huge margins. So, I think the whole team is raring to go and will enter the quarter-final with a lot of confidence.
“Sri Lanka has been playing well so far. It beat England, New Zealand and UAE in its matches. So, I think it will be a good game, and we will try to give our cent per cent.”
Sri Lanka captain Kusal Mendis said: “We have been practising well and won all our three matches. But Pakistan is a good team and it has a good top-order line-up, including its captain.
“We got good confidence after beating England and New Zealand as both are very good sides.”
The matches will start at 0930.
Teams (to be selected from):
India – Vijay Zol (captain), Ankush Bains, Ricky Bhui, Aamir Gani, Akhil Herwadkar, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Karan Kaila, Avesh Khan, Sarfaraz Khan, Monu Kumar, Chama Milind, Sanju Samson, Atit Sheth and Kuldeep Yadav
England - Will Rhodes (captain), Ed Barnard, Joe Clarke, Ben Duckett, Harry Finch, Matthew Fisher, Miles Hammond, Ryan Higgins, Rob Jones, Rob Sayer, Josh Shaw, Dominic Sibley, Jonathan Tattersall, Jack Winslade and Luke Wood
Umpires – Ranmore Martinesz and Chris Gaffaney
TV Umpire – Simon Fry
Fourth Umpire – Enamul Hoque-Moni
Match Referee – Chris Broad
Sri Lanka – Kusal Mendis (captain), Minod Bhanuka, Hashan Dumindu, Binura Fernando, Anuk Fernando, Kavindu Kulasekara, Lakshan Jayasinghe, Ramesh Mendis, Priyamal Perera, Harsha Rajapaksha, Hashen Ramanayake, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Thilaksha Sumanasiri, AK Tyronne and Hashan Vimarshana
Pakistan – Sami Aslam (captain), Ameer Hamza, Hasan Raza, Hussain Talat, Imam-ul-Haq, Imran Rafiq, Irfanullah Shah, Kamran Ghulam, Karamat Ali, Mohammad Aftab, Saifullah Khan, Salman Saeed, Saud Shakeel, Zafar Gohar and Zia-ul-Haq
Umpires – Shaun George and S.Ravi
Third Umpire – Rob Bailey
Match Referee – Graeme La Brooy
Saturday’s fixtures (quarter-finals)
Super League (both matches start at 0930):
Saturday 22 Feb – Sri Lanka v Pakistan, Sharjah Cricket Stadium; *India v England, Dubai International Cricket Stadium
Plate Championship (both matches start at 0930):
Saturday 22 Feb – Bangladesh v Canada, Zayed Cricket Stadium; Zimbabwe v Namibia, Abu Dhabi Oval 2
*denotes broadcast matches
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.
|Team||Team Manager||UAE mobile number|
|Afghanistan||Shir Hamkar||+971 (0) 56 69 43887|
|Australia||Angela Logan (media manager)||+971 (0)56 67 9381|
|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) 56 799 3605|
|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 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Facilities at venues
There will is live, ball-by-ball scoring on http://www.icc-cricket.com/.
For all group matches, semi-finals and finals, there will be tabled, sheltered, press box available to all accredited members of the media. The facilities 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 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 athttp://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.
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.
The official tournament hashtag is #u19cwc.
Fans can keep up to date with the conversation on the #u19cwc via https://twitter.com/ICC/lists/icc-u19-cwc-2014
The ICC will also be providing images from the following matches free of charge, which will be available here. Any images used should be credited as 2014 © IDI/Getty Images.
|22 Feb||Sri Lanka v Pakistan||Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah|
|22 Feb||India v England||Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai|
|23 Feb||South Africa v Afghanistan||Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah|
|23 Feb||Australia v West Indies||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|