Bangladesh to open 2018 U-19 World Cup campaign against Namibia

Sports       by Dawood Rehman | Published

Sports by Dawood Rehman | Published

The schedule of the World Cup was released by the global cricket council (ICC) on Thursday.

The two sides will collide in a Group A match on the first day of next year's tournament after the schedule was revealed.

Group A will contain West Indies, South Africa, New Zealand and Kenya while Group B comprises of India, Zimbabwe, Australia and Papua New Guinea.

Bangladesh, who were semi-finalists in 2016, will compete with England, Namibia and Canada in Group C. Two-time champions Pakistan and 2016 semi-finalists Sri Lanka are in Group D with Afghanistan and Ireland.

"The captains of the teams coming through the qualifiers are looking forward to the tournament, which is a stepping stone in the development of all participants - players and match officials".

Entry to every match at the tournament, to run from January 13 to the final at the Bay Oval on February 3, will be free.

The top two teams from each group will advance to the Super League, while the remaining eight teams will feature in the Plate competition.

The Aussies are making a comeback into the tournament after skipping it in Bangladesh.

The 11th edition of the Under-19 World Cup will be played across seven venues in four cities - Whangarei, Tauranga, Christchurch and Queenstown - over 22 days.

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