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India will play against their arch-rivals Bangladesh in the U19 2024 men’s WC opener

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India will play against their arch-rivals Bangladesh in the U19 2024 Men’s World Cup opener. South Africa will host the World Cup.

U19 MEN’S WORLD CUP

After being moved from Sri Lanka, South Africa will host the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in 2024. The contest begins on January 19 at Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein, South Africa. The first match is between Ireland and the USA. Moreover, the U19 champions will be determined by a maximum of 41 games played across five venues. India will face Bangladesh in their opening game on January 20 at Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein. The match might be intense because of the situation that occurred in the 2020 finale. India faced Bangladesh in the 2020 U19 World Cup final on February 9. The result was in favor of Bangladesh, winning by three wickets. Moreover, the final is also remembered due to a nasty fight between the opponents.

The U19 Men’s World Cup will have Group A, Group B, Group C, and Group D. Group A includes India, Bangladesh, Ireland, and the USA. Moreover, Group B comprises England, South Africa, West Indies and Scotland. While Group C contains Australia, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, and Namibia, Group D has Afghanistan, Pakistan, New Zealand, and Nepal. Each group’s top three teams will advance to the next round. The top four teams will progress to the semi-finals, which will take place in Benoni.

Moreover, Chris Tetley, the head of events at the ICC said that,

“In the past 12 months we have seen South Africa successfully deliver two milestone events for the sport – the inaugural ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup last year, and the groundbreaking ICC Women’s T20 World Cup that immediately followed. The relocation of the U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2024 to South Africa allows us the opportunity to build on this momentum and welcome the best young cricketers on the planet to five notable international venues.”

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