ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2022 Match schedule announced

ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2022 Match schedule announced
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For the first time, the West Indies will host the 14th edition of the ICC Under 19 Men's Cricket World Cup. The event, which showcases the game's future stars, will see 16 teams travel to the Caribbean to compete in 48 matches across four host countries from 14 January to 5 February.

Current champions Bangladesh, England, Canada, and the United Arab Emirates will compete in Group A, while debutants Uganda will compete in Group B alongside India, South Africa, and Ireland. Group C is made up of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, and Papua New Guinea, while Group D is made up of the West Indies, Australia, and Sri Lanka. Scotland completes the Group D tournament lineup after New Zealand withdrew due to extensive mandatory quarantine restrictions for minors upon their return home.

Antigua and Barbuda, Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis, and Trinidad and Tobago have been confirmed as the four host countries, with 10 venues hosting matches. The top two teams from each of the four groups will advance to the Super League, while the remaining teams will compete in the Plate over the course of 23 days.

The 48-match schedule will begin on January 14 with the hosts West Indies taking on Australia, followed by Sri Lanka taking on Scotland in Guyana. Between the 14th and 22nd of January, the group stage will be held in Guyana, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Trinidad and Tobago.

The Plate competition will be held in Trinidad and Tobago from January 25 to January 31, with the Super League beginning on January 26 in Antigua and Barbuda. The semi-finals will be played on 1 February at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground and on 2 February at the Coolidge Cricket Ground. The final will also be held at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground on February 5th.

"The ICC U19 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.

"Many of the best players, including Virat Kohli, Babar Azam, Joe Root, and Shimron Hetmyer, have competed in the U19 Men's Cricket World Cup, and we are looking forward to the 2022 edition to see who emerges as the future stars."

"We are delighted that the West Indies will host this event, and we wish all of the teams the best of luck in their preparations for the tournament, as well as Cricket West Indies for organising it."

"CWI is looking forward to hosting this important global U19 cricket event, which is just around the corner in January," said Cricket West Indies President Ricky Skerritt. Over the past several months, we have been hard at work preparing for this event in collaboration with host territorial boards, cricket clubs, and Ministries of Sports. However, with so many Covid-related challenges, finalising the venues and working out all the related logistics has not been easy.

"At the same time, our U19 head coach, Floyd Reifer, and his coaching staff have been hard at work preparing our team for competition, employing creative methods to keep them active even while they were unable to travel." West Indies has a proud under-19 cricket history, with several promising young players rising through the ranks to become international stars over the years. As a result, we expect our current under-19 team to do us proud in the 2022 tournament. "I am also confident that our visitors will enjoy the best of our world-renowned Caribbean culture and hospitality in Antigua and Barbuda, Guyana, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Trinidad and Tobago."

The West Indies won the title once in 2016, with India winning it four times, Australia three times, Pakistan twice, and England, South Africa, and Bangladesh once each.

Between the 9th and 12th of January, 16 warm-up matches will be held in St Kitts and Nevis and Guyana.

Groupings for the ICC U19 Men's Cricket World Cup:

Group A : Bangladesh, England, Canada, and the United Arab Emirates

Group B : India, Ireland, South Africa, and Uganda.

Group C : Afghanistan, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, and Zimbabwe.

Group D : Australia, Scotland, Sri Lanka, and the West Indies.

Venues for the ICC U19 Men's Cricket World Cup:

Warner Park Cricket Stadium, Conaree Cricket Center, St. Kitts and Nevis (Sandy Point - Warm-up match venue only)

Guyana - National Stadium of Guyana (Everest Cricket Club - Warm-up match venue only)

Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Queens Park Oval, and Diego Martin Sporting Complex are all located in Trinidad and Tobago.

Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua and Barbuda

Match schedule for the ICC U19 Men's Cricket World Cup:

14 January : West Indies vs. Australia, Guyana National Stadium, Guyana; Sri Lanka vs. Scotland, Everest Cricket Club, Guyana. 

15 January: Canada vs. UAE at Conaree Cricket Center in St. Kitts and Nevis; India vs. South Africa at Guyana National Stadium in Guyana; Ireland vs. Uganda at Everest Cricket Club in Guyana; and Pakistan vs. PNG at Queens Park Oval in Trinidad and Tobago.

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

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

18 January: England vs. Canada at Warner Park Cricket Stadium in St. Kitts and Nevis; South Africa vs. Uganda at Queens Park Oval in Trinidad and Tobago; and Afghanistan vs. PNG at the Diego Martin Sporting Complex in Trinidad and Tobago.

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

20 January : England vs. UAE at Warner Park Cricket Stadium in St. Kitts and Nevis; Bangladesh vs. Canada at Conaree Cricket Center in St. Kitts and Nevis; Pakistan vs. Afghanistan at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad and Tobago; and Zimbabwe vs. PNG at the Diego Martin Sporting Complex in Trinidad and Tobago.

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

22 January : Bangladesh vs. UAE at Warner Park Cricket Stadium in St. Kitts and Nevis; India vs. Uganda at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad and Tobago; and Pakistan vs. Zimbabwe at Queens Park Oval in Trinidad and Tobago.

Plate and Super League matches will be held between January 25 and February 4 at Antigua and Barbuda's Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground and Coolidge Cricket Ground, and Trinidad and Tobago's Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Queens Park Oval, and Diego Martin Sporting Complex.

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