The ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2018 will see 16 countries play 48 matches to crown the next champion.
David Richardson, the International Cricket Council’s chief executive officer, was confident that like always, young guns would again put up a great show.
“I think what the U19 CWC does is two things,” said Richardson. “There are not many cricketers who start off playing without the dream of playing international cricket. And what the Under-19 World Cup does is it realises that dream for teenaged cricketers, who are keen on their cricket.”
Richardson had special praise for U-19 teams from Afghanistan and Nepal, who both had a successful U-19 Asia Cup, in which Afghanistan were the winners and Nepal reached the semifinals.
“I think Nepal is a very good incentive for the smaller nations. They have done exceptionally well in the Under-19 events of the past. The likes of Afghanistan, who did very well in the recent U19 Asia Cup, can also do very well against some of the more favoured teams.”
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