Prithvi Shaw will lead a 15-member Indian team at the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2018 in New Zealand in January-February, the Board of Control for Cricket in India announced on Sunday (December 3).
The Indian junior selection committee named Shubman Gill as his deputy. The World Cup will be held from January 13 to February 3. India is a three-time winner of the competition, the joint-most along with Australia. In the last edition of the tournament in 2016 in Bangladesh, India strolled to the final but lost a closely fought title clash against Windies.
The India team will have a preparatory camp in Bengaluru from December 8 to 22 before the event. However, Shaw and Ishan Porel will not join the camp immediately, having been given permission to play for Mumbai and Bengal respectively in the Ranji Trophy quarter-finals. Shaw is Mumbai’s second highest run-getter with 521 runs this Ranji season, while Porel has ten wickets from two matches. The quarter-finals are scheduled from December 7 to 11.
India U-19 squad: Prithvi Shaw (capt), Shubman Gill (vice-capt), Manjot Kalra, Himanshu Rana, Abhishek Sharma, Riyan Parag, Aryan Juyal (wk), Harvik Desai (wk), Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Ishan Porel, Arshdeep Singh, Anukul Roy, Shiva Singh, Pankaj Yadav. Standbys: Om Bhosle, Rahul Chahar, Ninad Rathva, Urvil Patel, Aditya Thakare.