Youth Cricket World Cup to kick off today

2020-01-17 at 07:45

The 2019 Youth Cricket World Cup will get underway today in South Africa.

The 16-team tournament, that also includes Sri Lanka, defending Champions India and hosts South Africa, will be worked-off from today to the 9th of February.

Hosts South Africa will take on Afghanistan in the tournament opener in Kimberley later today.

The Sri Lanka Under-19 team will kick-start the youth World Cup campaign against defending Champions India in Bloemfontein on Sunday.

Left-handed batsman Nipun Dhananjaya, who had also featured in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2018, will lead Sri Lanka during the 13th edition of the youth World Cup.

Sri Lanka finished ninth after defeating West Indies in the Plate final during the 2018 tournament.

The Sri Lanka squad features 11 of the 15 members from the U19 Asia Cup held in September last year, when the hosts finished as semi-finalists.

Left-hand opener Kamil Mishara features as a lone wicket-keeper in the squad, with Navod Paranavithana slotting in as the leading all-rounder.

The batting would revolve around skipper Dhananjaya, Ravindu Rasantha, Kavindu Nadeeshan and Ahan Wikramasinghe.

Chamindu Wijesinghe, Dilshan Madhushanka and Amshi De Silva slot in as the frontline seam bowlers, while Ashen Daniel will lead the spin attack with his off-breaks.

Sri Lanka is placed in Group A alongside India, New Zealand and Japan.

Sri Lanka’s best performance in the competition came in the 2000-01 edition held at home, where Malinda Gajanayake-led team finished runners-up, going down to India by six wickets in the final.