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Guyana, Jan 13 : ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2022 is all set to begin with a clash between the hosts West Indies and Australia on January 14.
The 14th edition of the mega event will see rising stars of 16 countries battling it out in 48 matches, with Antigua and Barbuda, Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis, and Trinidad and Tobago hosting the games across 10 venues.
The 16 teams have been divided into four groups. Group A consists of Bangladesh, England, Canada and United Arab Emirates, while Group B has India, Ireland, South Africa and Uganda.
Group C includes Afghanistan, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea and Zimbabwe, and Group D consists of Australia, Scotland, Sri Lanka and West Indies.
The tournament will see the top two teams from each of the four groups progress to the Super League stage, while the remaining teams will battle it out in the Plate competition.
While Group D matches will commence on January 14, remaining groups will get into action from January 15, with games between Canada and UAE, India and South Africa, and Pakistan and PNG respectively.
Trinidad and Tobago will host the Plate competition between January 25-31, while the Super League stage will begin on January 26 in Antigua and Barbuda.
The two semi-finals will be played on February 1 and 2 at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground and Coolidge Cricket Ground, respectively.
The final will be played on February 5 at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.
Talking about their opening match against West Indies, Australia captain Cooper Connolly said that the side is in good shape ahead of the tournament despite suffering a heavy loss against India in their sole warm-up match.
Despite a magnificent 117 by Connolly, Australia were beaten by nine wickets by India, the four-time ICC U19 World Cup champions.
“I think as a team we are shaping up quite well. (India defeat) was a reality check for us against one of the strongest sides, maybe the favorite. But our team is checking out really well and I feel like we’re in good shape for the first game,” Connolly told ICC.
“We can’t start off really easy, we’ve got to beat the West Indies and come out with a strong mindset. Hopefully we can knock them over.
“From the last World Cup, the aim was to make this. I looked forward to the opportunity that I might play in two, and then another thing was to get the captaincy. That’s unbelievable, I’m so proud of myself and mum and dad back home are really proud so I’m ready to go and lead my country.
“I feel like we’re pretty strong in all areas, but our batting and spin bowling is going to be pretty dominant for us and I feel like our pace can take early wickets up front.”