The wait is finally over.
After two years of wait, the ICC men’s Under-19 World Cup is all set to commence on 19 January with the match between the USA and Ireland alongside South Africa and West Indies at 2:00 PM Bangladeshi time. 16 teams are participating in the fifteenth edition of the age-level mega event. After Sri Lanka Cricket’s suspension last year, South Africa is hosting the event. A total number of 48 matches will be played from 19 January to 11 February across 5 venues.
All participants are divided into 4 groups comprising 4 teams for the first stage. The top three teams will be qualified for the next stage – Super Six. 12 teams will be divided into two groups and each team will get two matches. The top 2 teams from each tier will play in the semi-finals. 2 more matches are allocated to decide the 16th place.
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Former champion Bangladesh U-19 team is in group A, where they will face India, Ireland and the USA respectively on 20, 22 and 26 January. All games will start at 2 PM according to Bangladeshi standard time. With the confidence of becoming the unbeaten Asia champion just a month ago, can the Bangladeshi age-level team add two stars on their jersey?
On the other hand, the 10th edition of the Bangladesh Premier League will be unveiled on the same date and within a gap of just half an hour. Two former champions – Comilla Victorians and Dhaka Dominators will face each other in the opening game. The second game of the magazine event between Chottogram Challengers and Sylhet Strikers will commence at 7:30 PM followed by the first game on the game ground – Mirpur Sher-E-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. 46 matches will be played in that tournament participated by 7 teams. Each of the games is going to be played in T20 format and three venues located in three major cities – Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet are prepared for this event.
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