The ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2020 will take place between 17 January and 9 February 2020 in South Africa. Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe are automatic qualifiers and have been joined by five regional qualifiers Canada, Japan, Nigeria, Scotland and the UAE.
Qualification process: 50 teams competed in the regional qualification process that took place in 2018 and 2019. In 2018, the Division 2 events took place in Africa, Asia and Europe with eight teams progressing to regional Division 1 events. Teams from the Americas and the EAP region had a one division qualifying process
In 2019, each region – Africa, Americas, Asia, EAP and Europe – hosted Division 1 events, where the winner of each – Nigeria, Canada, UAE, Japan and Scotland – qualified for the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2020.
|Dates||Host||Participating teams||Qualified teams|
|ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier Europe Division 2||31 Jul – 8 Aug 2018||England||Belgium, Denmark, France, Guernsey, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden||Denmark, France, Netherlands|
|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||Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania|
|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||Kuwait, Oman|
|Event||Dates||Host||Participating teams||Qualified teams|
|ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier Africa Division 1||07 - 21 Mar 2019||Namibia||Kenya, Namibia, Uganda, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania||Nigeria|
|ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier Americas Division 1||08 - 14 Jul 2019||Canada||Argentina, Bermuda, Canada, Cayman Islands, USA||Canada|
|ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier Asia Division 1||13 - 18 April 2019||Malaysia||Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, UAE, Kuwait, Oman||UAE|
|ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier EAP Division 1||02 - 08 June 2019||Japan||Fiji, Japan, PNG, Samoa, Vanuatu||Japan|
|ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier Europe Division 1||26 - 30 July 2019||Netherlands||Denmark, France, Ireland, Jersey, Netherlands, Scotland||Scotland|
|ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2020||17 January - 9 February 2020||South Africa||Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Windies, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Canada, UAE, Japan, Scotland|
About U19 Cricket World Cup
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. Australia have won it thrice, Pakistan twice, while England, South Africa and Windies have triumphed once each.
The 2018 edition was held in New Zealand, where the Prithvi Shaw-led Indian side were dominant throughout and won the final against Australia in convincing fashion, defeating them by eight wickets.
Past alumni of the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup include current international stars, such as Virat Kohli (India), Kane Williamson (New Zealand) and Steve Smith (Australia). Some players from the 2018 edition have already started making a name for themselves on the senior stage. Afghanistan's Mujeeb ur Rahman and Pakistan's Shaheen Shah Afridi have become regulars in their respective senior teams. Shaw and Shubhman Gill have played for India.