ICC U-19 World Cup 2018: From format to schedule, all you need to know about upcoming mega event

As the ICC U-19 World Cup 2018 nears, here's a guide - from format to the schedule - to all your questions regarding the tournament.

FirstCricket Staff, January 09, 2018

The ICC U-19 World CUp is upon us. Come 13 January and Pakistan U-19 will take on Afghanistan U-19 to kick off the tournament. While, the final of the tournament will be played on 3 February at Mount Maunganui.

The tournament's warm-up matches are already underway and India, led by Mumbai's teen sensation Prithvi Shaw, crushed South Africa by 189 runs. Even England, Canada and Australia were off to a winning start in the warm-up matches.

Apart from Shaw, the other players who will be attracting people's attention are Windies' Kirstan Kallicharan, New Zealand's Rachin Ravindra, England's Will Jacks, Sri Lanka's ambidextrous skipper Kamindu Mendis, Afghanistan's Mujeeb Zadran and Australia' Jason Sangha.

As the ICC U-19 World Cup 2018 nears, here's a guide to all your questions regarding the tournament:

Reigning champions

Windies defeated India in the 2016 edition by 5 wickets to clinch the U-19 World Cup Trophy.

Which country will host the tournament?

New Zealand will be hosting the tournament and the teams will play at seven different venues. They are:

Cobham Oval, Whangarei.
Lincoln No 3, Lincoln
Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln
Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
Queenstown Events Centre, Queenstown
Hagley Oval, Christchurch
Mainpower Oval, Rangiora

Duration of the tournament

13 January 2018 to 18 February 2018

How many teams will participate? 

Sixteen teams will feature in the upcoming tournament. They are Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, England, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Windies, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Afghanistan, Kenya and Papua New Guinea.

Ten teams, who were full members of ICC before Afghanistan and Ireland were given Test status, entered the tournament via a direct entry. Namibia were also granted the same because they were the top associate nation. The other five teams qualified by the virtue of winning the different qualifying tournaments

The 16 teams have been divided into four groups for the U-19 World Cup: 

Group A
Kenya, South Africa, New Zealand, Windies

Group B
Australia, India, Papua New Guinea, Zimbabwe

Group C
Bangladesh, Canada, England, Namibia

Group D
Afghanistan, Ireland, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

All 16 captains of the 16 countries that will take part in ICC U-19 World Cup 2018 pose with the trophy in the centre. Image courtesy: Twitter @ICC

All 16 captains of the 16 countries that will take part in ICC U-19 World Cup 2018 pose with the trophy in the centre. Image courtesy: Twitter @ICC

Format of the tournament

All the sixteen teams are divided into four groups. Each team will play the other three sides in their group once and will be awarded a certain number of points after every win. However, they can also attain bonus points if they win by a large margin. Though the format becomes slightly complicated after the group phases.

The teams holding the first and the second positions (eight teams in total) in their group will qualify for the Super League, the winners of which will win the World Cup, while the third and fourth positions (again eight teams) will advance to the Plate League. It goes without saying that the teams in the Plate League won't be the competing for the World Cup crown from there on, but they will contend for the Plate Title. The winners of the Plate Title will end up at the ninth position in the eventual standings of the tournament.

There will be eight quarter-finals in total (four in Super League, four in Plate League) and the winners of the semi-final will eventually face off each other in the final of both the leagues.

The teams which end up on the losing side in the Super League and Plate League quarter-finals will feature in the Super League Playoff and Plate League Playoff semi-finals. The winners of the Super League Playoff semis will compete for the fifth place and the losers will lock horns against each other for the seventh place.

On the other hand, the winners of Plate League Playoff semifinals will challenge each other for the 13th place and the losers will pit against each other for the 15th spot.

Below are the full squads of all the 16 teams of the tournament: 

India: Prithvi Shaw(C), Shubman Gill, Aryan Juyal, Abhishek Sharma, Arshdeep Singh, Harvik Desai, Manjot Kalra, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Pankaj Yadav, Riyan Parag, Ishan Porel, Himanshu Rana, Anukul Roy, Shivam Mavi, Shiva Singh

Windies: Emmanuel Stewart(C), Ronaldo Alimohamed, Alick Athanaze, Cephas Cooper, Jarion Hoyte, Kirstan Kallicharan, Kimani Melius, Ashmead Nedd, Kian Pemberton, Raymond Perez, Joshua Persaud, Jeavor Royal, Keagan Simmons, Bhaskar Yadram, Nyeem Young

New Zealand: Kaylum Boshier (C), Finn Allen, Jakob Bhula, Max Chu, Katene Clarke, Matthew Fisher, Luke Georgeson, Ben Lockrose, Callum McLachlan, Felix Murray, Dale Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Sandeep Patel, Connor Sullivan, Todd Watson

South Africa: Raynard van Tonder(C), Matthew Breetzke, Gerald Coetzee, Jade de Klerk, Jean du Plessis, Fraser Jones, Wandile Makwetu, Akhona Mnyaka,Andile Mokgakane, Kgaudisa Molefe, Jason Niemand, Thando Ntini, Jiveshan Pillay, Hermann Rolfes, Kenan Smith

Australia: Jason Sangha(C), Will Sutherland, Xavier Bartlett, Max Bryant, Jack Edwards, Zak Evans, Jarrod Freeman, Ryan Hadley,Baxter J Holt, Nathan McSweeney, Jonathan Merlo, Lloyd Pope, Jason Ralston,Param Uppal, Austin Waugh

Zimbabwe: Liam Roche(C), Robert Chimhinya, Jonathan Connolly, Gregory Dollar, Alistair Frost, Taun Harrison, Wesley Madhevere, Tanunurwa Makoni, Donald Mlambo, Dion Myers, Tinashe Nenhunzi, Nkosilatu Nunu, Kieran Robinson, Jayden Schadendorf, Milton Shumba

Bangladesh: Saif Hassan(C), Afif Hossain,Aminul Islam, Hasan Mahmud, Mahidul Islam Ankon,Mohammad Naim, Mohammad Rakib, Nayeem Hasan,Pinak Ghosh, Qazi Onik,Robiul Haque,Roni Hossen, Shakil Hossain, Tipu Sultan, Towhid Hridoy, Zakir Hasan

England: Harry Brook(C),Ethan Bamber, Liam Banks, Tom Banton,Jack Davies,Adam Finch,Luke Hollman, Will Jacks,Tom Lammonby, Dillon Pennington,Savin Perera,Tom Scriven, Prem Sisodiya, Finlay Trenouth, Roman Walker

Ireland: Ian Anders(C), Aaron Cawley, Varun Chopra, Mark Donegan, Jonathan Garth, Jamie Grassi, Reece Kelly, Graham Kennedy, Joshua Little, Sam Murphy, Max Neville, Neil Rock, Harry Tector, Harry Tector, Andrew Vincent

Pakistan: Hasan Khan(C), Rohail Nazir, Mohammad Ali Khan, Ali Zaryab, Ammad Alam, Arshad Iqbal, Imran Shah, Mohammad Taha, Muhammad Mohsin Khan, Muhammad Musa, Muhammad Zaid, Munir Riaz, Saad Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Suleman Shafqat

Sri Lanka: Kamindu Mendis(C), Krishan Arachchige, Ashen Bandara, Hasitha Boyagoda, Jehan Daniel, Nishan Madushka, Nuwanidu Fernando, Santhush Gunathilaka, Praveen Jayawickrama, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Nipun Malinga, Kalana Perera, Nipun Dananjaya, Thisaru Rashmika, Haren Buddila

The Brand Ambassador of the tournament Corey Anderson poses with the ICC U-19 World Cup Trophy. Image courtesy: Twitter @ICC

The Brand Ambassador of the tournament Corey Anderson poses with the ICC U-19 World Cup Trophy. Image courtesy: Twitter @ICC

Kenya: Maxwel Ager (C), Sachin Bhudia, Abhishekh Chidambaran, Aveet Desai, Jay Doshi, Aman Gandhi, Ankit Hirani, Jasraj Kundi, Jayant Mepani, Dennis Musyoka, Gerard Mwendwa, Thomas Ochieng, Sukhdeep Singh, Sidhart Vasudev, Rene Were

Afghanistan: Naveen-ul-Haq(C), Azmatullah Omarzai, Bahir Shah, Darwish Rasooli, Ibrahim Zadran, Ikram Ali Khil, Mujeeb Zadran, Nisar Wahdat,Qais Ahmad,Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Tariq Stanikzai, Wafadar, Waqarullah Ishaq, Yousuf Zazai, Zahir Khan

Namibia: Lohan Louwrens(C), Henry Brink, Petrus Burger, Jan-Izak de Villiers,Shaun Fouche, Jurgen Linde,Nicol Loftie-Eaton,Gerhard Lottering, Dewald Nel,Mauritius Ngupita, Ben Shikongo, Floris Steenkamp, Erich van Mollendorf, Eben van Wyk

Canada: Arslan Khan(C), Akash Gill, Tiaan Pretorius, Ashtan Deosammy, Arshdeep Dhaliwal, Faisal Jamkhandi,Rishiv Joshi,Emanuel Khokhar,Kavian Naress, Aran Pathmanathan,Pranav Sharma,Rommel Shahzad,Krishen Samuel,Randhir Sandhu,Kevin Singh

Papua New Guinea: Vagi Karaho (C), James Tau, Daure Aiga, Boge Arua, Sinaka Arua, Simon Atai, Eisa Eka, Semo Kamea, Igo Mahuru, Leke Morea, Toa Nou, Nou Rarua, Ovia Sam, Kevau Tau, Heagi Toua

Schedule of the tournament: 

13 Januar, Saturday, Match 1
Pakistan U-19 vs Afghanistan U-19, Group D
Cobham Oval, Whangarei, 03.00 AM IST

13 January, Saturday, Match 2
Zimbabwe U-19 vs Papua New Guinea U-19, Group B
Lincoln No 3, Lincoln, 03.00 AM IST

13 January, Saturday, Match 3
Bangladesh U-19 vs Namibia U-19, Group C
Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln, 03.00 AM IST

13 January, Saturday, Match 4
New Zealand U-19 vs West Indies U-19, Group A
Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, 06.30 AM IST

14 January, Sunday, Match 5
Sri Lanka U-19 vs Ireland U-19, Group D
Cobham Oval, Whangarei, 03.00 AM IST

14 January, Sunday, Match 6
South Africa U-19 vs Kenya U-19, Group A
Lincoln No 3, Lincoln, 03.00 AM IST

14 January, Sunday, Match 7
India U-19 vs Australia U-19, Group B
Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, 06.30 AM IST

15 January, Monday, Match 8
Bangladesh U-19 vs Canada U-19, Group C
Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln 03.00 AM IST

15 January, Monday, Match 9
England U-19 vs Namibia U-19, Group C
Queenstown Events Centre, Queenstown, 03.00 AM IST

16 January, Tuesday, Match 10
Pakistan U-19 vs Ireland U-19, Group D
Cobham Oval, Whangarei, 03.00 AM IST

16 January, Tuesday, Match 11
India U-19 vs Papua New Guinea U-19, Group B
Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui 06.30 AM IST

17 January, Wednesday, Match 12
Sri Lanka U-19 vs Afghanistan U-19, Group D
Cobham Oval, Whangarei, 03.00 AM IST

17 January, Wednesday, Match 13
Zimbabwe U-19 vs Australia U-19, Group B
Lincoln No 3, Lincoln, 03.00 AM IST

17 January, Wednesday, Match 14
New Zealand U-19 vs Kenya U-19, Group A
Hagley Oval, Christchurch, 03.00 AM IST

17 January, Wednesday, Match 15
Windies U-19 vs South Africa U-19, Group A
Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, 06.30 AM IST

18 January, Thursday, Match 16
Namibia U-19 vs Canada U-19, Group C
Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln, 3.00 AM IST

18 January, Thursday, Match 17
Bangladesh U-19 vs England U-19, Group C
Queenstown Events Centre, Queenstown, 03.00 AM IST

19 January, Friday, Match 18
Sri Lanka U-19 vs Pakistan U-19, Group D
Cobham Oval, Whangarei, 03.00 AM IST

19 January, Friday, Match 19
Australia U-19 vs Papua New Guinea U-19, Group B
Lincoln No 3, Lincoln, 03.00 AM IST

19 January, Friday, Match 20
India U-19 vs Zimbabwe U-19, Group B
Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, 06.30 AM IST

20 January, Saturday, Match 21
Afghanistan U-19 vs Ireland U-19, Group D
Cobham Oval, Whangarei, 03.00 AM IST

20 January, Saturday, Match 22
West Indies U-19 vs Kenya U-19, Group A
Lincoln No 3, Lincoln, 03.00 AM IST

20 January, Saturday, Match 23
England U-19 vs Canada U-19, Group C
Queenstown Events Centre, Queenstown, 3.00 AM IST

20 January, Satuday, Match 24
New Zealand U-19 vs South Africa U-19, Group A
Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, 06.30 AM IST

22 January, Monday, 03.00 AM IST
Plate Quarter-Final 1 (C3 vs B4)Lincoln No 3, Lincoln

22 January, Monday, 03.00 AM IST
Plate Quarter-Final 2 (B3 vs C4), Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln

23 January, Tuesday, 03.00 AM IST
Super League Quarter-Final 1 (C1 v B2), Queenstown Events Centre, Queenstown

23 January, Tuesday, 03.00 AM IST
Plate Quarter-Final 3 (D3 v A4), Lincoln No 3, Lincoln

23 January, Tuesday, 03.00 AM IST
Plate Quarter-Final 4 (A3 v D4), Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln

24 January, Wednesday, 03.00 AM IST
Super League Quarter-Final 2 (D1 v A2), Hagley Oval, Christchurch

25 January, Thursday, 03.00 AM IST
Super League Quarter-Final 3 (A1 v D2), Hagley Oval, Christchurch

25 January, Thursday, 03.00 AM IST
Plate playoff Semi-Final 1, Mainpower Oval, Rangiora

25 January, Thursday, 03.00 AM IST
Plate Playoff Semi-Final 2, Lincoln No 3, Lincoln

25 January, Thursday, 03.00 AM IST
Plate Semi-Final 1, Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln

26 January, Friday, 03.00 AM IST
Super League Quarter-Final 4, (B1 v C2), Queenstown Events Centre, Queenstown

26 January, Friday, 03.00 AM IST
Plate Semi-Final 2, Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln

27 January, Saturday, 03.00 AM IST
Super League Playoff Semi-Final 1, Hagley Oval, Christchurch

27 January, Saturday, 03.00 AM IST
15th Place Playoff, Mainpower Oval, Rangiora

27 January, Saturday, 03.00 AM IST
13th Place Playoff, Lincoln No 3, Lincoln

28 January, Sunday, 03.00 AM IST
Super League Playoff Semi-Final 2, Queenstown Events Centre, Queenstown

28 January, Sunday 03.00 AM IST
11th Place Playoff, Mainpower Oval, Rangiora

28 January, Sunday, 03.00 AM IST
Plate Final, Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln

29 January, Monday, 03.00 AM IST
Super League Semi-Final 1, Hagley Oval, Christchurch

30 January, Tuesday, 03.00 AM IST
Super League Semi-Final 2, Hagley Oval, Christchurch

30 January, Tuesday, 03.00 AM IST
7th Place Playoff, Queenstown Events Centre, Queenstown

31 January, Wednesday, 03.00 AM IST
5th Place Playoff, Queenstown Events Centre, Queenstown

01 February, Thursday, 03.00 AM IST
3rd Place Playoff, Queenstown Events Centre, Queenstown

03 February, Saturday, 03.00 AM IST
Final, Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui

Updated Date: Jan 09, 2018





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3634 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3772 97
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5751 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Pakistan 3279 102
6 Australia 3548 101
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3270 131
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114