Guyana among four host nations for ICC U-19 World Cup 2022

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The West Indies will host the ICC Under-19 Men’s Cricket World Cup in 2022, it has been confirmed.

The tournament, which will feature 16 countries in 48 matches, is to be held in the Caribbean for the first time in its 14-edition history and will run from January 14 to February 5.

The Under-19 Men’s Cricket World Cup has developed a reputation as an event that not only offers excellent competition and entertainment, but also showcases future stars of the game.

Virat Kohli, Babar Azam, Joe Root, Steve Smith, Kane Williamson and Shimron Hetmyer are among the famous names to have competed in recent editions of the tournament, and the next generation of world-class talent will be on show across the West Indies in 2022.

“The ICC U-19 Men’s Cricket World Cup is such an exciting and special tournament, bringing together the future stars of the game and giving them an unrivalled experience of competing on the global stage,” said ICC Head of Events, Chris Tetley. “We are looking forward to the 2022 edition to see who emerges as the future stars.

“We are delighted that the West Indies will be hosting this event and we wish all the teams the very best in their preparations for the tournament and to Cricket West Indies in organising the event.”

The Under-19 World Cup trophy (Photo: ICC)

The tournament will utilise 10 venues in four Caribbean countries – Antigua and Barbuda, Guyana, St. Kitts and Nevis and Trinidad and Tobago.

But New Zealand will not be present, with the team having to withdraw due to the mandatory quarantine restrictions for minors that they would have faced on their return journey from the tournament. Scotland replace the Black Caps in the tournament.

The Scots join Australia, Sri Lanka and West Indies in Group D, with the hosts hoping to repeat their title success from 2016.

“CWI is looking forward to hosting this important global U-19 cricket event, which is just around the corner, in January,” Cricket West Indies President Ricky Skerritt said in a statement.

“In partnership with host territorial boards, cricket clubs, and Ministries of Sports, we have been hard at work preparing for this event over the past several months. However, amid so many COVID-related challenges, it has not been easy to finalise the venues and to work out all the related logistics.

“At the same time, our U-19 head coach, Floyd Reifer, and his coaching staff have been busy preparing our team for competition, using innovative methods to keep them active even while they were restricted from travel.

“West Indies has a proud under-19 cricket history, with several bright talents blossoming into international stars over the years. We, therefore, expect our current team of under-19 players to do us proud in the 2022 tournament.

“I am also confident that our visitors will experience the best of our world-famous Caribbean culture and hospitality in Antigua and Barbuda, Guyana, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Trinidad and Tobago.”

Bangladesh, England, Canada and the United Arab Emirates compete in Group A. India, Ireland South Africa and Uganda make up Group B. And Afghanistan, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea and Zimbabwe are in Group C.

The semi-finals and final will all be held at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua and Barbuda.

ICC U-19 Men’s Cricket World Cup Groupings:

Group A – Bangladesh, England, Canada, United Arab Emirates

Group B – India, Ireland, South Africa, Uganda

Group C – Afghanistan, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Zimbabwe

Group D – Australia, Scotland, Sri Lanka, West Indies

ICC U-19 Men’s Cricket World Cup Venues:

  • St Kitts and Nevis – Warner Park, Conaree, (Sandy Point – Warm-up match venue only)
  • Guyana – Guyana National Stadium, (Everest – Warm-up match venue only)
  • Trinidad and Tobago – Brian Lara Cricket Ground, Queens Park Oval, Diego Martin
  • Antigua and Barbuda – Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Coolidge Cricket Ground

ICC U-19 Men’s Cricket World Cup match schedule:

14 January – West Indies v Australia, Guyana National Stadium, Guyana; Sri Lanka v Scotland, Everest Cricket Club, Guyana

15 January – Canada v UAE, Conaree Cricket Center, St Kitts and Nevis; India v South Africa, Guyana National Stadium, Guyana; Ireland v Uganda, Everest Cricket Club, Guyana; Pakistan v PNG, Queens Park Oval, Trinidad and Tobago

16 January – Bangladesh v England, Warner Park Cricket Stadium, St Kitts and Nevis; Afghanistan v Zimbabwe, Diego Martin Sporting Complex, Trinidad and Tobago

17 January – West Indies v Scotland, Warner Park Cricket Stadium, St Kitts and Nevis; Australia v Sri Lanka, Conaree Cricket Center, St Kitts and Nevis

18 January – England v Canada, Warner Park Cricket Stadium, St Kitts and Nevis; South Africa v Uganda, Queens Park Oval, Trinidad and Tobago; Afghanistan v PNG, Diego Martin Sporting Complex, Trinidad and Tobago

19 January – Australia v Scotland, Conaree Cricket Center, St Kitts and Nevis; India v Ireland, Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad and Tobago

20 January – England v UAE, Warner Park Cricket Stadium, St Kitts and Nevis; Bangladesh v Canada, Conaree Cricket Center, St Kitts and Nevis; Pakistan v Afghanistan, Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad and Tobago; Zimbabwe v PNG, Diego Martin Sporting Complex, Trinidad and Tobago

21 January – West Indies v Sri Lanka, Conaree Cricket Center, St Kitts and Nevis; South Africa v Ireland, Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad and Tobago

22 January – Bangladesh v UAE, Warner Park Cricket Stadium, St Kitts and Nevis, India v Uganda, Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad and Tobago; Pakistan v Zimbabwe, Queens Park Oval, Trinidad and Tobago

Plate and Super League fixtures to take place between 25 January and 4 February at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground and Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua and Barbuda and Brian Lara Cricket Academy , Queens Park Oval and Diego Martin Sporting Complex  in Trinidad and Tobago.

1 February – Semi-Final, Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua and Barbuda

2 February – Semi-Final, Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua and Barbuda

5 February – Final, Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua and Barbuda

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