Dubai, Oct. 29: Defending champions India will open their campaign against qualifiers Afghanistan after playing a couple of warm-up matches in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup scheduled from January 15 to 30 next year in New Zealand.
Placed in Group A alongside England, Afghanistan and Hong Kong, India play their warm-up games against United States and Sri Lanka on January 11 and 12 respectively before opening their pool engagements on January 15.
After a day’s break, the Indians will take on Hong Kong on January 17 before winding up their preliminary campaign with a match against England on January 21, the ICC said in a statement here. The 16-team tournament’s 10 matches, including both semi-finals and the final, would be telecast live by ESPN-STAR Sports.
The teams are split into four groups with Groups A and C being based in and around Christchurch, Group B teams playing their matches in Queenstown and Group D games taking place in Napier and Palmerston North. In addition to the 10 full members, there are six associate and affiliate teams taking part, having won through their respective regional qualifying tournaments as well as the global qualifier, which was held in Canada last month.
The top two teams from each group will qualify for the quarterfinals. — PTI