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Friday, February 5, 2016

Hosts into Semis : Mehidy and Zakir carry Bangladesh to its first-ever semi-final #U19CWC




Mehidy and Zakir carry Bangladesh to its first-ever semi-final

·       Both batsmen hit half-centuries while adding 117 runs for the unfinished fifth wicket partnership

·       Bangladesh awaits winner of the Pakistan-West Indies quarter-final

·       Afghanistan and Zimbabwe make Plate Championship semi-finals



Host Bangladesh defeated a valiant Nepal by six wickets after a tense run-chase to storm into the semi-finals of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016 on Friday, giving the nation its maiden appearance in the last four of a world event.

Skipper Mehidy Hasan and Zakir Hasan hit unbeaten half-centuries as Bangladesh recovered from early setbacks to surpass Nepal's 211 for nine with 10 balls to spare in Mirpur. 

Bangladesh faces the winner of Monday's quarter-final between Pakistan and the West Indies in the second semi-final at Mirpur on 11 February. The first semi-final on 9 February in Mirpur will feature the winners of quarter-final matches between India-Namibia and England-Sri Lanka.

Nepal's captain Raju Rijal hit 72 (80b, 8x4, 1x6) after winning the toss and electing to bat, but four run-outs in the innings, including that of the captain himself, set his team back.

Nepal slipped to 178 for seven in 43 overs but useful contributions in the end from Dipendra Airee and Prem Tamang, who made 22 apiece, lifted it past the 200-run mark.

Right-arm seamer Mohammad Saifuddin was the pick of the bowlers for Bangladesh, giving away just four runs in the final over to return with figures of two for 38.

Bangladesh, mentored by former Australia international Stuart Law, was made to fight hard for runs as Nepal's bowlers conceded just 21 runs in the first 10 overs.

The home team was reduced to 98 for four in the 29th over when Mehidy joined Zakir to add a match-winning partnership of 117 for the unbroken fifth wicket.

Left-handed Zakir, who scored an unbeaten 75 from 103 balls, ended the match by lofting Airee for a six over long-on. He also hit five fours. Mehidy returned undefeated on 55 from 65 balls which also included three fours.

"It is so exciting to be part of the first Bangladesh team to enter the semi-final of a World Cup," a jubilant Mehidy said, adding: "I think Nepal played a very good game. They did their best with both bat and ball. They are a very good side that we have beaten today.

"Zakir played so well and kept supporting me. He told me that we should try to take singles and twos because the boundaries were not easy to get. That worked well for us.

"We look forward to the semi-final. Hopefully we will raise our game and do our best to enter the final."

Nepal's Rijal rued his side's inability to put up a bigger total.

"The four run-outs and the loss of five wickets in the middle overs cost us at least 25-30 runs. If we had got those runs we would have fought till the end.

"But I am proud of the way the team has played in the tournament. Our aim is to finish with a good placing."

In the Plate Championship quarter-finals, Afghanistan trumped Fiji by 226 runs after opener Karim Janat smashed 156 off 132 balls with 12 boundaries and six sixes.

Afghanistan piled up 340 for nine after being sent into bat and Fiji was shot out for 114 in reply. Nijat Masood claimed three wickets for six runs in six overs and Rashid Khan took three for 16.

A fine all-round performance by Jeremy Ives helped Zimbabwe defeat Canada by six wickets in another Plate quarter-final in Cox's Bazar.

Ives claimed three for 30 as Canada were restricted to 186 for eight after electing to bat. Amish Taploo top-scored with 37.

Ives then returned unbeaten on 43 after Zimbabwe cruised home in the 32nd over, with Shaun Snyder making 56.

Scores in brief:

Super League quarter-final: Bangladesh beat Nepal by six wickets in Mirpur
Nepal 211-9, 50 overs (Raju Rijal 72, Dipendra Airee 22, Prem Tamang 22 not out; Mohammad Saifuddin 2-38)
Bangladesh 215-4, 48.2 overs (Zakir Hasan 75 not out, Mehidy Hasan 55 not out; Sunil Dhamala 2-33)


Plate quarter-final: Afghanistan beat Fiji by 226 runs in Cox's Bazar
Afghanistan 340-9, 50 overs (Karim Janat 156, Perwez Malakzai 74, Peni Vuniwaqa 3-41)
Fiji 114 all out, 31.2 overs (Nijat Masood 3-6, Rashid Khan 3-16, Zahir Khan 2-45)


Plate quarter-final: Zimbabwe beat Canada by six wickets in Cox's Bazar
Canada 186-8, 50 overs (Amish Taploo 37, Abraash Khan 32, Arslan Khan 31, Jeremy Ives 3-30)
Zimbabwe 190-4, 31.4 overs (Shaun Snyder 56, Jeremy Ives 43 not out; Bhavindu Adhihetty 2-23, Shlok Patel 2-62)


Saturday's match (Super League quarter-final)

India v Namibia, Fatullah

Plate Championship (play/offs):
7 Feb - Ireland v Canada, Cox's Bazar
8 Feb - South Africa v Zimbabwe, Cox's Bazar; Scotland v Fiji, Cox's Bazar
9 Feb - New Zealand v Afghanistan, Cox's Bazar


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Host Bangladesh stuns defending champion South Africa by 43 runs #U19CWC


·       Smith's 100 goes in vain as Bangladesh's Mehidy and Saifuddin share six wickets in tournament opener

·       Lawrence and Burham hit centuries in England's comfortable 299 runs win over Fiji; seamer Mahmood picks up three wickets for two runs in five overs

Nazmul Hossain 

Liam Smith


Host Bangladesh gave the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016 a momentous start with a 43-run victory over defending champion South Africa in Wednesday's opening Group A match which was produced by the ICC TV and aired around the world by 15 broadcasters.

In a Group C fixture at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong, Dan Lawrence and Jack Burnham hit centuries as title contender England brushed aside Fiji by 299 runs.


Bangladesh, which elected to bat on a slow pitch at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong, lost wickets just when the batsmen appeared to have settled down and was restricted to 240 for seven in its 50 overs.

Nazmul Hossain hit 73 off 82 balls to boost the total after useful contributions from Pinak Ghosh (43) and Joyraz Sheik (46).


The target proved too tough for South Africa, which was bowled out for 197 in the penultimate over despite a defiant 100 from opener Liam Smith.


Smith batted till the 45th over before being the seventh batsman out, caught superbly in the covers by Bangladesh captain Mehidy Hasan.

Mehidy, leading his nation in the second successive ICC U19 Cricket World Cup, picked up three for 37 with his off-spin. Seamer Mohammad Saifuddin took three for 30.


It was Bangladesh's first win over South Africa in the ICC U19 World Cup following four previous defeats, but Wednesday's victory was its 12th in 15 matches against the same opponents over the past two years.


With Scotland and Namibia the other sides in the group home team's victory makes it the favourite to secure top place from Group A and avoid a possible quarter-final clash against Rahul Dravid-coached India.


Nazmul Hossain, who was named man of the match, said the slow wicket made their total a challenging target.

"The ball was not coming on to the bat, so we thought it was a good total," said Nazmul. "I just wanted to bat as long as possible and hold one end up. But I was still a bit disappointed that we could not get another 20-odd runs."


Nazmul insisted his team will not relax after beating South Africa.


"We can't afford to relax or lose focus," he said. "We have just put one game away but we must concentrate on the next match and then the next. In a tournament like this there is no room for comfort."

South African captain Tony de Zorzi said Smith's century was a great positive to come out from what was a disappointing defeat for his side.


"I think Smith played superbly," said de Zorzi. "240 was certainly not a bad total to be chasing but we did not have wickets in hand. We lost the game in the second half. Hopefully we will do better in the next match."


In their next matches in Cox's Bazar on Sunday, Bangladesh will take on Scotland while South Africa will face Namibia.

Meanwhile, England piled up 371 for three in its 50 overs against Fiji, with Essex's Lawrence smashing 174 off 150 balls with 25 boundaries and a six, and Burnham of Durham making 148 off 137 balls with 19 fours and four sixes.


The pair put on 303 for the second wicket after opener Max Holden had been dismissed in the third over.


England, whose squad includes nine players with experience of senior county cricket back home, bowled Fiji out for 72 in only 27.3 overs.


Peni Vuniwaqa was the lone batsman to offer any resistance with 36 as four batsmen failed to score and five others did not reach double figures.


Lancashire seamer Saqib Mahmood grabbed three wickets for two runs in his five overs and his new-ball partner Sam Curran of Surrey took three for 22.

England next plays the West Indies on Friday and Fiji takes on Zimbabwe the same day.


The 11th edition of the biennial 16-nation tournament features nine Test-playing nations and seven Associate and Affiliate Members – Afghanistan, Canada, Fiji, Namibia, Nepal, Ireland and Scotland.


Teams have been divided into four groups with the top two in each advancing to the Super League quarter-finals and the other two qualifying for the Plate championships.


Scores in brief:


Group A - Bangladesh beat South Africa by 43 runs in Chittagong
Bangladesh 240-7, 50 overs (Nazmul Hossin 73, Joyraz Sheik 46, Pinak Ghosh 43; Wiaan Mulder 3-42)
South Africa 197 all out, 48.4 overs (Liam Smith 100; Mohammad Saifuddin 3-30, Mehidy Hasan 3-37)


Group C - England beat Fiji by 299 runs in Chittagong
England 371-3, 50 overs (Dan Lawrence 174, Jack Burnham 148)
Fiji 72 all out, 27.3 overs (Peni Vuniwaqa 36; Saqib Mahmood 3-2, Sam Curran 3-22)


Thursday's matches:
Group D - India v Ireland, Mirpur
Group D - New Zealand v Nepal, Fatullah
Group B - Pakistan v Afghanistan, Sylhet
Group B - Sri Lanka v Canada, Sylhet


Points table

Group A

Team Played Won Lost Points
Bangladesh 1 1 0 2
South Africa 1 0 1 0
Scotland 0 0 0 0
Namibia 0 0 0 0

Group B

Team
Played
Won
Lost
Points
Pakistan
0
0
0
0
Sri Lanka
0
0
0
0
Afghanistan
0
0
0
0
Canada
0
0
0
0

Group C

Team
Played
Won
Lost
Points
England
1
1
0
2
West Indies
0
0
0
0
Zimbabwe
0
0
0
0
Fiji
1
0
1
0

Group D

Team
Played
Won
Lost
Points
Australia
0
0
0
0
India
0
0
0
0
New Zealand
0
0
0
0
Nepal
0
0
0
0

·       Top two sides from each group will progress to the Super League stage while the bottom two sides will feature in the Plate Championship

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Former champion India and New Zealand aim to progress from Group D - #U19CWC




Former champion India and New Zealand aim to progress from Group D

·       India's Sarfaraz Khan and Armaan Jaffer two players to watch-out for in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016

·       India coach Rahul Dravid: "Ours is a decent side with a lot of promising players"

·       New Zealand captain Josh Finnie: "Everyone's excited and itching to get involved"

·       Nepal captain Raju Rijal: "We have to improve to beat other teams"

·       ICC U19 Cricket World Cup app launched; Event website is now live; ICC to distribute media releases in the lead up to and during the tournament; ICC to provide photographs from warm-up and tournament matches (details below)



Three-time champion India and New Zealand are favoured to take the top two positions in Group D ahead of Ireland and Nepal when the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016 is played in Bangladesh from 27 January to 14 February.

The biennial 16-nation tournament features nine Test-playing nations and seven Associate and Affiliate Members - Afghanistan, Canada, Fiji, Namibia, Nepal, Ireland and Scotland.


Teams have been divided into four groups with the top two in each advancing to the Super League quarter-finals and the other two qualifying for the Plate Championships.


India, coached by batting great Rahul Dravid, features high among the top contenders to bag the trophy which it has previously won in 2000, 2008 and 2012. India failed to defend the title two years ago in the United Arab Emirates after England stunned it in the quarter-finals.


India arrived in Bangladesh on Wednesday with a power-packed batting line-up that includes Sarfaraz Khan, one of the country's brightest young batsmen who turns out for Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League.


Sarfaraz joins Ricky Bhui and Avesh Khan for their second appearance in the premier age-group tournament, having also participated in 2014. Another batsman that will be noticed in Bangladesh is Armaan Jaffer, nephew of former Indian opener Wasim Jaffer.


Both Sarfaraz and Armaan made their mark in schools' cricket in Mumbai when the stocky Sarfaraz hit 439 in a Harris Shield match and Armaan topped that with scores of 498 and 473 a year later.


Dravid, who retired from international cricket in 2012 with more than 10,000 runs in both Test and one-day cricket, gave up his lucrative television commitments last year to take up the challenging job of coaching both the India A and under-19 squads.


Under his guidance, India's teenagers have won a tri-series in Sri Lanka before Christmas last year that also featured England and defeated both Afghanistan and Bangladesh at home in November.


"Ours is a decent side with a lot of promising players," Dravid said. "The conditions in Bangladesh will be quite similar to what the boys have grown up on in India, so that should be beneficial to the side."




India will be captained by Ishan Kishan, a left-handed batsman and wicketkeeper, who hails from World Cup-winning captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's home state of Jharkhand.


New Zealand captain Josh Finnie also featured in the 2014 event where his side finished 10th, but he is confident of a better show this time.

New Zealand warmed up for the tournament by playing a tri-series against Australia and Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates which concluded on Tuesday. New Zealand won two matches and lost once each to Australia and Pakistan.

"The experience of playing in Dubai and being part of the tournament will hopefully help out in this month's campaign," Finnie said. "The players we're taking over are a really talented group, including a couple of guys who have played first-class cricket."

Finnie said his team will be inspired by the fearless brand of cricket New Zealand's senior team has played in recent times under Brendon McCullum which enabled the Black Caps to feature in its first-ever ICC Cricket World Cup final in Melbourne last year.


"The Black Caps' brand of cricket has been a great example of playing with positive intent and representing New Zealand in the best possible way," said Finnie. "I think all cricketers growing up in New Zealand have seen that and we'll endeavor to make that a big part of our game as well."


Nepal, which last played in the ICC U19 World Cup in 2012, returns to the event by winning the qualifying tournament in Kuala Lumpur. As many as 12 players who helped Nepal qualify are part of the squad that will play in Bangladesh.


Skipper Raju Rijal said having the same set of players will benefit his team.


"It is certainly a plus point for us to have that experience within the team and it helps to create togetherness as well," Rijal said.

"But the World Cup will be different from the qualifiers. We have to improve in every aspect of the game if we are to beat other teams in the tournament."

Nepal will need to finish among the top two in the Group to have a chance to emulate its eighth-place finish in 2000.


Ireland will take part in its eighth ICC U19 Cricket World Cup after missing out two years ago.


That the tournament is a stepping stone for senior cricket can be gauged from the fact that the Irish team that played in Bangladesh in 2004 produced seven international players, including captain William Porterfield and Kevin O'Brien. England's ODI captain, Eoin Morgan, also played for Ireland in the 2004 tournament.

Squads:

India - Ishan Kishan (capt.),  Rishabh Pant (vice-capt), Khaleel Ahmed,  Zeeshan Ansari, Rahul Batham,  Ricky Bhui, Mayank Dagar, Armaan Jaffer, Sarfaraz Khan, Amandeep Khare, Avesh Khan, Mahipal Lomror, Shubham Mavi, Anmolpreet Singh, Washington Sundar.
Coach - Rahul Dravid


New Zealand - Josh Finnie (capt.), Finnley Allen, Josh Clarkson, Zak Gibson, Christian Leopard, Felix Murray, Aniket Parikh, Dale Phillips, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Talor Scott, Ben Sears, Nathan Smith, Daniel Stanley, Ross ter Braak
Coach - Bob Carter


Nepal - Raju Rijal (capt.), Dipendra Airee,  MD Sunil Dhamala, Himanshu Dutta, Saurabh Khanal, Sushil Kandel, Yogendra Karki, Sandeep Lamichhane, Ishan Pandey, Shankar Rana,  Prem Tamang,  Arif Sheikh, Sandeep Sunar, Dipesh Shrestha, Rajbir Singh,
Coach - Jagat Tamatta


Ireland - Jack Tector (capt.), Rory Anders, Andrew Austin, Varun Chopra, Adam Dennison, Stephen Doheny, Aaron Gillespie, Josh Little, Gary McClintock, William McClintock, Tom Stanton, Harry Tector, Fiachra Tucker, Lorcan Tucker, Ben White.
Coach - Ryan Eagleson


Group D schedule:
Jan 28: India v Ireland, Mirpur; New Zealand v Nepal, Fatullah
Jan 30: India v New Zealand, Mirpur; Ireland v Nepal, Fatullah
Feb 1: India v Nepal, Mirpur; New Zealand v Ireland, Fatullah

Experimental Bangladesh look to seal series - Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2016, 3rd T20I at Khulna


Hosts Bangladesh take on visitors Zimbabwe in the third of the four-match Twenty20 International (T20I) at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna today.

Bangladesh bring 3 new comers for last two T20s


 Bangladesh, who won the opening couple of contests at this very venue convincingly, would look to make it three in a row and win the series, thus taking an unassailable 3-0 lead. However Zimbabwe, on the other hand, who have been on the receiving end, will aim for a turnaround and win this tie to stay alive in the series and head for a series leveling contest in the fourth and final T20I a couple of days later.

Considering the performance in the previous game, Bangladesh had a decent outing with the bat, with a couple of batsmen in the form of Soumya Sarkar and Sabbir Rahman, who scored above 40 and finished on 43 each, while Rahman remained unbeaten on the score. Other batsmen too contributed decently, with three of them scoring above 20.

Zimbabwe batsmen, on the other hand, struggled with the bat, with skipper Hamilton Masakadza being the top scorer with a score of 30, while opener Vusi Sibanda and Malcolm Waller scored 21 and 29, respectively. The rest of the batsmen folded up for single figures. Mushfiqur Rahim replaced by Taskin Ahmed for remaining Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe T20Is

In the bowling attack, Zimbabwe had a tough outing once again as three bowlers in the form of Taurai Muzarabani, Wellington Masakadza and Graeme Cremer claimed a wicket each, while for Bangladesh, most of the bowlers contributed decently, with Sabbir Rahman claiming three for 11 in just 2.1 overs.

Thus, going by the performance of the last game and with the game being held in the same venue, it is most likely to remain a balanced wicket and the teams too would move in with a balanced side. Therefore, Bangladesh would definitely go in with an unchanged side. However, a change in the form of Mahmudullah could be possible, for his poor form with the bat and could well be replaced by Arafat Sunny. Mushfiqur Rahim, who would be missing the tie owing to injury has been replaced by Taskin Ahmed and would be interesting to see if he gets the nod ahead of the game. Sabbir Rahman’s all-round show helps Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by 42 runs in 2nd T20I

While Zimbabwe, on the other hand, could possibly make few changes in the form of Sean Williams, Peter Moor and Neville Madziva, and could well be replaced by Chamu Chibhabha, Tendai Chisoro or Luke Jongwe. Overall, it definitely promises to be a thrilling tie, with both the teams going for the kill.

Squads:                                                          

Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Al-Amin Hossain, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Shuvagata Hom, Arafat Sunny, Sabbir Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahman (wk), Mustafizur Rahman, Nurul Hasan, Abu Hider.

Zimbabwe: Tendai Chisoro, Luke Jongwe, Elton Chigumbura (c), Hamilton Masakadza, Peter Moor, Taurai Muzarabani, Sikandar Raza, Malcolm Waller, Chamu Chibhabha, Graeme Cremer, Neville Madziva, Wellington Masakadza, Richmond Mutumbami (wk), Vusi Sibanda, Brian Vitori, Sean Williams.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

England aims to end 18-year title drought, seeks easy passage with West Indies from Group C - #U19CWC



England aims to end 18-year title drought, seeks easy passage with West Indies from Group C

·       Fiji prepares to make debut; Zimbabwe the other side in the group

·       Taylor: "We play Fiji in our first game and we won't be taking them lightly and the same goes for Zimbabwe"

·       Lloyd: "We have put together a group of players we believe will perform for the West Indies"

·       Tuitoga: "We are honored to be the first to represent Fiji in a cricket World Cup, and we want to fight through to the end"

·       ICC U19 Cricket World Cup app launched; Event website is now live; ICC to distribute media releases in the lead up to and during the tournament; ICC to provide photographs from warm-up and tournament matches (details below)



England and the West Indies will start as favourites to advance to the Super League Stage from Group C at the expense of Zimbabwe and debutant Fiji in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016, which will be played in Bangladesh from 27 January to 14 February.

The biennial 16-nation tournament features nine Test-playing nations and seven qualifiers from the Associate and Affiliate Members – Afghanistan, Canada, Fiji, Namibia, Nepal, Ireland and Scotland.

Teams have been divided into four groups with the top two in each advancing to the Super League quarter-finals and the other two qualifying for the Plate Championship.

England, seeking to end an 18-year drought after winning its only title way back in 1998 in South Africa, reached the semi-finals in the United Arab Emirates two years ago.

The current side is led by Brad Taylor, an off-spinning all-rounder from Hampshire who is one of nine players in the squad to have played county cricket at the senior level. Taylor was appointed captain just ahead of the tri-series in Sri Lanka before Christmas last year, which India won, and he hopes to celebrate his elevation with a good performance in Bangladesh.

"Captaincy is something that came around pretty quickly for me, which makes it even more exciting," Taylor said. "I had not captained the team until we played in Sri Lanka, but I really enjoyed that experience and we're all excited about playing in a World Cup.


"That tournament was really important for us. Conditions in Bangladesh are going to be very different from what we're used to in England, so that allowed us to acclimatise to similar conditions and pitches. We improved with every game we played, and learned lots of lessons."

Taylor also said he expected the West Indies to be the toughest opponent in the group, but refused to take victory against Zimbabwe and Fiji for granted.

"We play Fiji in our first game and we have to concentrate on winning that one first," he said. "We won't be taking them lightly and the same goes for Zimbabwe in our last game. They have shown at the senior level recently that they can still be challenging opponents."

Taylor did not remember England's victory way back in 1998 but sought to be inspired by the side that made the semi-finals two years ago.

"The team did brilliantly in Dubai when expectations before the tournament were not very high. But they put in some brilliant performances, especially beating India to get to the semi-finals. Hopefully we can do as well as them or even better."

The West Indies will be captained by top-order batsman Shimron Hetmyer, who also took part in the 2014 tournament. He and fast bowler Alzarri Joseph are the only two players in the squad with first-class experience.


Legendary West Indies captain Clive Lloyd, who is now the chairman of selectors, was confident of a good performance by the teenagers. "We have put together a group of players we believe will perform for the West Indies."

"We see them as future Test cricketers and this tournament is an opportunity for them to be exposed at the international level against strong opposition," he said.

While Zimbabwe will be led by Brandon Mavuta, Fiji will make its maiden appearance in the tournament under Saimoni Tuitoga, who said his team is excited at the chance of play in a world event.

"We are honored to be the first to represent the nation in a cricket World Cup," Tuitoga said. "It's not going to be easy but we know this opportunity is one that should not be taken for granted and want to make sure that we push the Tier One nations."

"For our families, our coaches and for us we want to make sure that we fight through to the end and at least try and win two of our three group matches. The underdog tag relieves a lot of pressure and expectation from us."

Group C action kicks off from 27 January when England play Fiji in Chittagong. All eyes will be on the England-West Indies encounter which will take place on 29 January also in Chittagong.

Squads:

England - Brad Taylor (capt.), George Bartlett, Jack Burnham, Mason Crane, Sam Curran, Ryan Davies, Aneurin Donald, George Garton, Ben Green, Max Holden, Dan Lawrence, Saqib Mahmood, Tom Moores, Callum Taylor, Jared Warner.
Coach - Andy Hurry


West Indies - Shimron Hetmyer (capt.), Shahid Crooks, Keacy Carty, Michael Frew,  Jyd Goolie, Tevin Imlach, Alzarri Joseph, Ryan John, Kirstan Kallicharan, Obed McCoy, Gidron Pope, Keemo Paul, Odean Smith, Shamar Springer, Emmanuel Stewart.
Coach - Graeme West


Zimbabwe - Brandon Mavuta (capt.), Trevvor Chibvongodze, Jeremy Ives, Adam Keefe, Kundai Matigimu, William Mashinge, Wessly Madhevere, Rugare Magarira, Sydney Murombo, Ryan Murray, Richard Ngarava, Akshay Patel, Brendan Sly, Shaun Snyder, Milton Shumba.
Coach - Stephen Mangongo


Fiji - Saimoni Tuitoga (capt.), Josaia Baleicikoibia, Malakai Cokovaki, Petero Cabebula, Jack Charters,  Jordan Dunham, Vaibhav Kapadia, Delaimatuku Maraiwai, Ledua Qionivoka, Samuel Saunokonoko,  Cakacaka Tikoisuva, Peni Vuniwaqa, Sosiceni Weleilakeba, Tuwai Yabaki.
Coach - Shane Jurgensen


Group C schedule
Jan 27: England v Fiji, Chittagong
Jan 29: Zimbabwe v Fiji; Chittagong; England v West Indies, Chittagong
Jan 31: West Indies v Fiji; Chittagong; England v Zimbabwe, Chittagong
Feb 2: West Indies v Zimbabwe, Chittagong

Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Canada gear for wide-open Group B #U19CWC





 

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Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Canada gear for wide-open Group B

·       Gohar Hafeez: "We have a very balanced team"

·       Charith Asalanka: "Our first target is to top the group"

·       Ihsanullah Janat: "We are aiming to not only make the semi-finals but also go on to be the champion side"

·       Abraash Khan: "We are going into this tournament with the intent to win"

·       ICC U19 Cricket World Cup app launched; Event website is now live; ICC to distribute media releases in the lead up to and during the tournament; ICC to provide photographs from warm-up and tournament matches (details below)



Two-time champion Pakistan, strong contender Sri Lanka, fast-improving Afghanistan and Canada make Group B the toughest preliminary round in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup which will be played in Bangladesh from 27 January to 14 February.

The biennial 16-nation tournament features nine Test-playing nations and seven Associate and Affiliate Members – Afghanistan, Canada, Fiji, Namibia, Nepal, Ireland and Scotland. Teams have been divided into four groups with the top two in each advancing to the Super League quarter-finals and the other two qualifying for the Plate Championships.


Pakistan won the title when Bangladesh hosted the tournament for the first time in 2004 and repeated the feat two years later in Sri Lanka, becoming the only nation to retain the trophy. The talented Pakistanis reached the final in the last edition in the United Arab Emirates in 2014, but were defeated by South Africa in the title clash.


Pakistan's captain Gohar Hafeez was keen to avoid past mistakes and insisted he had the team to go all the way.


"We have had the opportunity to excel at this level, but we missed out on quite a few occasions," Gohar said. "This time round, we would like to make amends.


"We have a very balanced team which has been staying together and training under the supervision of high performance coaches at the Pakistan Cricket Board's National Cricket Academy in Lahore.


"Our strengths are that we have two capable all-rounders and two solid opening batsmen, and given the conditions in Bangladesh, we are well-equipped in the spin department with a leggie, a left-arm spinner and an off-spinner."


A drawback will be the limited exposure the Pakistani boys have got at the international level in the recent past, but a tri-series against Australia and New Zealand in the UAE in January has helped them prepare for the World Cup.


Sri Lanka, which defeated Pakistan at home last year, aims to top the group with skipper Charith Asalanka promising bright cricket from his side in Bangladesh.


"Our first target is to top our group," Asalanka said. "We have a well-balanced side to suit any type of surface. We all look forward to enjoy this great event.


"We have prepared well for the tournament over the last six months and are confident of going the distance this time. To participate in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup as the captain of a nation so passionate of cricket gives me great honour and tremendous responsibility to lead the team towards glory."


Afghanistan's senior team has been the success story of world cricket over the last decade and the war-ravaged nation's under-19 side also does not want to be left behind. The Afghan boys will be participating in their fourth successive tournament, having secured their best-ever finish of seventh place two years ago.


Skipper Ihsanullah Janat said his side was determined to qualify for the quarter-finals again -- and perhaps take a step further – despite facing stiff opposition from Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the group.


"It is a moment of pride for us to play on the big stage and this time we are aiming to not only make the semi-finals but also go on to be the champion side of the tournament," he said.


"Our targets in the group are obviously Pakistan and Sri Lanka because if we manage to beat either one of them, we will qualify for the next round. There is no reason why we can't defeat Pakistan, Sri Lanka, or any of the other big sides."


Afghanistan will get an early chance to test its mettle as it is drawn to meet Pakistan in the first match in Sylhet on January 28, before facing Sri Lanka next two days later at the same venue.


Ihsanullah said his team was inspired by the performance of the senior side which qualified for their first-ever ICC Cricket World Cup held Down Under last year. "That was a great achievement for the development of cricket in our country and motivated thee junior side to do well too."


Canada will be taking part in its fifth tournament since making its debut in 2002, its best finish in past four appearances being 11th in New Zealand in 2010.


But Canadian captain Abraash Khan said his team was not going to Bangladesh just to make up the numbers.


"To play and compete against some of the best junior talent in the world is exciting and a challenge," Abraash said. "The tournament is a platform where we Canadians can showcase our talent and prove that we are able to compete at the highest level.


"We are going into this tournament with the intent to win. There is no point of us competing if we aren't looking to win. The main goal for us is to finish in the top eight.

"We will approach every game as a must-win and put our bodies on the line to make it happen. Many of us are of Sri Lankan or Pakistani background, so beating these two sides will mean a lot to us."


Squads

Pakistan - Gohar Hafeez (capt.), Muhammad Asad, Saif Ali,  Saif Badar, Sameen Gul,  Salman Fayyaz, Shadab Khan, Hasan Khan, Irfan Liaqat, Hasan Mohsin,  Umair Masood, Zeeshan Malik, Arsal Sheikh, Ahmad Shafiq. Mohammad Umar.
Coach - Muhammad Masroor


Sri Lanka - Charith Asalanka (capt.), Sammu Ashan, Kaveen Bandara, Jehan Daniel,  Avishka Fernando, Asitha Fernando, Wanidu Hasaranga, Lahiru Kumara, Kamindu Mendis, Charana Nanayakkara, Thilan Nimesh, Vishard Randika, Lahiru Samarakoon, Damitha Silva.
Coach - Roger Wijesuriya


Afghanistan - Ihsanullah Janat (capt.), Zia-ur-Rehman Akbar, Zahir Ahmadzai,  Qais Hassan, Karim Janat, Ikram Ali Khail,  Shamsurrahman Wali Khail, Zahir Khan, Muslim Musa, Nijat Masood,  Parwiz Malikzai, Nasir Omar, Naveed Obaid, Waheed Shafaq, Tariq Stanikzai.
Coach - Dawlat Ahmadzai


Canada - Abraash Khan (capt.), Bhavindu Adhihetty, Thursaanth Anantharajah, Akash Gill, Abdul Haseeb, Prushoth Wijayaraj, Suliman Khan, Arslan Khan, Mamik Luthra,  Miraj Patel, Shlok Patel, Kurt Ramdath, Sarbot Sivia, Harsh Thaker, Amish Taploo.
Coach - Errol Barrow


Group B schedule:
28 Jan: Pakistan v Afghanistan, Sylhet; Sri Lanka v Canada, Sylhet
30 Jan: Sri Lanka v Afghanistan, Sylhet; Pakistan v Canada, Sylhet
1 Feb: Afghanistan v Canada, Sylhet
3 Feb: Pakistan v Sri Lanka, Mirpur



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