The ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2020 takes place in January and February 2020 in South Africa. Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the Windies are automatic qualifiers, and will be joined by five regional qualifiers.
50 teams will compete in a two-division regional qualification process which takes place in 2018 and 2019.
In 2018 Division 2 events will take place in Africa, Asia and Europe with eight teams progressing to regional Division 1 events.
In 2019, each region - Africa, Americas, Asia, EAP and Europe - will have Division 1 events, where the winner of each will qualify for the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup.
|ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier Europe Division 2||31 Jul – 8 Aug 2018||England||Belgium, Denmark (Q), France (Q), Guernsey, Italy, Netherlands (Q), Norway, Spain, Sweden|
|ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier Africa Division 2||19 – 28 Aug 2018||South Africa||Botswana, Gambia, Ghana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia|
|ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier Asia Division 2||9 – 17 Dec 2018||Thailand||Bahrain, Bhutan, China, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Maldives, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Thailand|
|ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier Africa Division 1||TBC 2019||TBC||Kenya, Namibia, Uganda, 3 Qualifiers from Division 2|
|ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier Americas Division 1||TBC 2019||TBC||Argentina, Bermuda, Canada, Cayman Islands, USA|
|ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier Asia Division 1||TBC 2019||TBC||Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, UAE, 2 Qualifiers from Division 2|
|ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier EAP Division 1||TBC 2019||TBC||Fiji, Japan, PNG, Samoa, Vanuatu|
|ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier Europe Division 1||TBC 2019||TBC||Denmark, France, Ireland, Jersey, Netherlands, Scotland|
|ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2020||January and February 2020||South Africa||Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Windies, Zimbabwe and 5 regional qualifiers|
About 2018 U19 Cricket World Cup
The ICC Under-19 World Cup 2018 was a 16-team event held in New Zealand from January 13 to February 3. The 10 Full Members of the International Cricket Council as of 2016 gained automatic qualification, while one spot was reserved for the highest-ranked Associate from the previous edition of the event, which was Namibia in the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2016. Regional qualifiers in ICC's five development regions determined the other teams that participated in the marquee event.
The following teams qualified from their respective development regions:
– Ireland from Europe
– Canada from the Americas
– Afghanistan from Asia
– Kenya from Africa
– Papua New Guinea from East Asia Pacific
The Under-19 World Cup was first staged in 1988 as the Youth World Cup. After a 10-year hiatus, the tournament returned in its present form and has been held as a biennial event since 1998.
India have been the most successful team, winning the title four times, including in 2018 when they beat Australia by eight wickets. Australia have won it thrice, Pakistan twice, while England, South Africa and Windies have triumphed once each.
The 2016 edition was held in Bangladesh, where the Windies won a thrilling final against India to claim their maiden title.
Past alumni of the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup include current captains Steve Smith (Australia), Virat Kohli (India), Kane Williamson (New Zealand) and Sarfraz Ahmed (Pakistan).