The U19 World Cup 2024, which will be held in Sri Lanka from January 13 to February 4th, has a full schedule that was released by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
There will be 16 teams competing in the competition, 11 full members and 5 qualifiers, in 41 games for the trophy. Details reveal that Namibia, Nepal, New Zealand, Scotland, and the United States are the five teams that qualified for the World Cup via regional paths.
Five iconic Colombo locations—P. Sara Oval, Colombo Cricket Club, Nondescripts Cricket Club, Sinhalese Sports Club, and R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium—will serve as the sites for the matches.
Both semifinal matches, which will take place on January 30 and February 1, as well as the championship game on February 4, will be held at the prestigious R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium.
Teams who advance from the group round will compete in the new Super Six stage beginning on January 24 to decide the semifinalists and ultimate finalists.
Bangladesh, Ireland, and the United States will be in Group A with India, while England, South Africa, the West Indies, and Scotland will be in Group B. Australia, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, and Namibia are in Group C, and Afghanistan, Pakistan, New Zealand, and Nepal are in Group D.
“Names such as Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Kane Williamson, and Angelo Mathews are among those who made their mark on the world stage in this tournament,” he continued, “and we believe this tradition will continue as the drama unfolds in the 41st edition.”
We are excited to see competition return to Sri Lanka for the first time since 2006, which promises to be a festival of cricket with no shortage of entertainment.
Before the tournament begins, each competing team will play two exhibition games, four of which will be held at the five tournament venues, between January 7 and January 11.
Three years after hosting the 50 overs World Cup, West Indies hosted the competition in 2010, and Cricket West Indies chief executive Johnny Grave claimed they were prepared to put on a show once more.
The Caribbean Premier League, which has been another successful tournament, is now being held in the West Indies, which has a wealth of experience hosting ICC events.
While England, South Africa, the West Indies, and Scotland make up Group B, Bangladesh, Ireland, and the United States are the other members of Group A, which includes India. Australia, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, and Namibia are in Group C, while Afghanistan, Pakistan, New Zealand, and Nepal are in Group D.
“The ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup has a long history of introducing global audiences to future stars of the sport,” ICC Head of Events Chris Tetley said when the schedule was announced.
“We are certain to see this tradition continue as the drama unfolds,” he continued, citing names like Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Kane Williamson, and Angelo Mathews as athletes who debuted at this tournament.