India to Face Off Against Archrivals Bangladesh in ICC’s 2024 U19 World Cup Opener in South Africa

The 2024 ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup is set to be hosted by South Africa after being moved from Sri Lanka. The tournament will commence on January 19 and will include 41 matches across five venues to determine the next U19 champion team.

India, having won the tournament five times, will defend their title against Bangladesh, the team they faced in the final when South Africa last hosted the event. In addition to India and Bangladesh, Group A also includes Ireland and USA.

Group B comprises England, South Africa, and West Indies, with the hosts playing the Caribbean team in their opening match. This group appears to be unpredictable with Scotland occupying the remaining spot.

Australia, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, and Namibia will make up Group C, while Group D will consist of three Asian teams—Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nepal—along with New Zealand.

Chris Tetley, ICC Head of Events, expressed confidence in South Africa’s ability to successfully host the tournament, citing their recent success in hosting major events.

India, having lost to Bangladesh in the previous U19 World Cup final held in South Africa, will be eager to defend their title and secure a sixth championship.

These are the key details regarding the upcoming ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup in South Africa.