U19 World Cup Trophy. Photo- ICC
U19 World Cup Trophy. Photo- ICC

The International Cricket Council (ICC), on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, has announced the schedule for the U19 World Cup 2022 which will take place in the West Indies for the first time in its 14-edition history. The tournament is slated to be played from 14 January to 5 February and has developed a reputation as an event that not only offers excellent competition and entertainment but also showcases future stars of the game.

The tournament will utilize ten venues in four Caribbean countries – Antigua and Barbuda, Guyana, St Kitts, and Nevis, and Trinidad and Tobago. The semi-finals and final will all be held at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua and Barbuda.

Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua. Photo - ICC
Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua. Photo – ICC

ICC U19 World Cup 2022 Groupings Announced

The tournament will also not have New Zealand participating due to the mandatory quarantine restrictions for minors that they would have faced on their return journey from the tournament. Scotland replaces the Black Caps in the tournament. The Scots join Australia, Sri Lanka, and West Indies in Group D, with the hosts hoping to repeat their title success from 2016.

Defending champions Bangladesh. Photo- Getty
Defending champions Bangladesh. Photo- Getty

Defending champions Bangladesh are against England, Canada, and the United Arab Emirates in Group A. India, Ireland South Africa, and Uganda make up Group B. And Afghanistan, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, and Zimbabwe are in Group C.

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

“West Indies has a proud under-19 cricket history, with several bright talents blossoming into international stars over the years. We, therefore, expect our current team of under-19 players to do us proud in the 2022 tournament. I am also confident that our visitors will experience the best of our world-famous Caribbean culture and hospitality in Antigua & Barbuda, Guyana, St. Kitts & Nevis, and Trinidad & Tobago,” he added.

U19 World Cup Trophy. Photo- ICC
U19 World Cup Trophy. Photo- ICC

ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup Groupings:

Group A – Bangladesh, England, Canada, United Arab Emirates
Group B – India, Ireland, South Africa, Uganda
Group C – Afghanistan, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Zimbabwe
Group D – Australia, Scotland, Sri Lanka, West Indies

ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup Venues:

St Kitts and Nevis – Warner Park, Conaree, (Sandy Point – Warm-up match venue only)
Guyana – Guyana National Stadium, (Everest – Warm-up match venue only)
Trinidad and Tobago – Brian Lara Cricket Ground, Queens Park Oval, Diego Martin
Antigua and Barbuda – Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Coolidge Cricket Ground

Here is the schedule of the ICC U19 World Cup 2022:

ICC U19 World Cup 2022 Schedule. Photo- ICC
ICC U19 World Cup 2022 Schedule. Photo- ICC

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