HOSTS South Africa will open their campaign against Afghanistan in this month’s ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup, a tournament that showcases the world’s future cricket stars.South Africa, hosts in 1998 and champions in 2014, play their opening match at the Diamond Oval in Kimberley on January 17. The United Arab Emirates and Canada are the other teams they will have to contend with in Group D of the 16-team tournament, the final of which is scheduled for February 9.In other matches ssheduled over the first few days, New Zealand take on Japan who will be making their debut in an ICC global event at the North West University Oval in Potchefstroom on January 18 while defending champions India play Sri Lanka at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein on January 19. Nigeria, who are also making their ICC event debut will face Australia in Kimberley on January 20 for their opening game.Benoni and Kimberley are the other host cities for the 13th edition of the tournament, being played as per format used in previous editions, with the second phase dividing the teams into Super League and Plate tournaments. The top two teams from each of the four groups advance to the Super League while the remaining teams feature in the Plate championship.The JB Marks Oval in Potchefstroom will be a key venue as it hosts two Super League quarterfinals, both semi-finals and the final.The top 11 full Members in the last edition in New Zealand and the five regional champions, who have qualified for the event, will also play warm-up matches from January 12-15 in Johannesburg and Pretoria. Nigeria (Africa) also make an appearance for the first time, along with Japan (East Asia Pacific). Nigeria (Africa) and Japan (East Asia Pacific) are joined by other regional qualifiers Canada (Americas), United Arab Emirates (Asia) and Scotland (Europe).ICC Head of Events Chris Tetley: “The U-19 Cricket World Cup is a very important event in our calendar as it brings together the world’s most promising young players in a major ICC tournament, giving them the experience of competing on the global stage.“We have some excellent venues for this tournament, and we are offering free entry to all matches giving cricket fans in South Africa the opportunity to watch the next generation of superstars. I wish all the teams the very best in their preparations for the tournament and to Cricket South Africa in organising the event.”Tournament Director Sivuyile Mqingwana: “CSA is delighted to be hosting this prestigious event that further nurtures the stars of tomorrow. We look forward to hosting fans and visitors from all over the world and hope our cricketing guests and other sports tourists will enjoy both world-class cricket action, as well as the great treasures that ‘Mzansi’ has to offer.“This ICC U9 cricket showpiece affords our country’s cricket community the opportunity to watch the world’s best young players up close and personal.”Some of the world’s best players have showcased their talent at previous editions of the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup including top-ranked Test batsman Steve Smith, top-ranked ODI and T20I batsman Virat Kohli, England Test captain Joe Root and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.South Africa have seen several top players like Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla, Dean Elgar, Wayne Parnell, Quinton de Kock and Kagiso Rabada make it big in international cricket after first catching the eye during U-19 World Cups.Other players to have featured in past editions include Brian Lara (West Indies), Michael Atherton (England), Michael Clarke (Australia), Virender Sehwag (India) Inzamam-ul-Haq (Pakistan) and Rashid Khan (Afghanistan).India have won the title four times, Australia have won three times, Pakistan have won it twice while England, South Africa and the West Indies have won once each.Groupings:Group A: India, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, JapanGroup B: Australia, England, West Indies, NigeriaGroup C: Pakistan, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, ScotlandGroup D: Afghanistan, South Africa, UAE, Canada
January 20, 2020
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Olympic javelin gold medallist Keshorn Walcott and defending 400 metres hurdles champion Jehue Gordon are among 21 athletes selected to represent Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) at the World Championships in Beijing, China, later this month.Gordon is also part of the 4x400m squad, while Walcott recently added the Pan Am title to his list of accomplishments.Keston Bledman will lead the charge for T&T in the men’s 100m dash after triple Olympic silver medallist Richard Thompson was ruled out for the rest of the season with an injury.T&T is expected to have strong representation in the men’s 400m with four quarter milers – Machel Cedenio, Deon Lendore, Lalonde Gordon, and Renny Quow – posting sub-45-second times this season. Kelly-Ann Baptiste and Michelle-Lee Ahye will lead T&T’s campaign in the women’s 100m.Quadruple Olympic medallist Ato Boldon will be part of the T&T coaching staff in Beijing.TEAM T&TMen – Keston Bledman (100, 4×100), Rondel Sorrillo (100, 4×100), Kyle Greaux (200, 4×100), Machel Cedenio (400, 4×400), Lalonde Gordon (400, 4×400), Renny Quow (400, 4×400), Jarrin Solomon (400, 4×400), Mikel Thomas (110 hurdles, 4×100), Jehue Gordon (400 hurdles, 4×400), Keshorn Walcott (javelin), Emmanuel Callender (4×100), Dan-Neil Telesford (4×100), Deon Lendore (4×400).Women – Kelly-Ann Baptiste (100, 4×100), Michelle-Lee Ahye (100, 4×100), Semoy Hackett (100, 200, 4×100), Khalifa St Fort (100, 4×100), Reyare Thomas (200, 4×100), Kamaria Durant (200, 4×100), Sparkle McKnight (400 hurdles), Cleopatra Borel (shot put).Officials – Dexter Voisin (manager), Dr Ian Hypolite (head coach), Edwin Skinner (coach), Charlie Joseph (coach), Gunness Persad (coach), Ato Boldon (coach), Ismael Lopez Mastrapa (coach).