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Jnr Tigers start WC title defence campaign today

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  • 16 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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Jnr Tigers start WC title defence campaign today

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Defending champions Bangladesh will begin their ICC U-19 World Cup title defence campaign today by taking on England in their opening Group A match at Warner Park, Basseterre in St Kitts.

The match is scheduled to start at 07:00pm (BST) and will be telecast live on GTV.

The junior Tigers earlier emerged champions in the 2020 edition of the tournament by defeating India by three wickets in the final at Potchefstroom in South Africa.

Bangladesh named three of their previous U-19 World Cup winning squad members – Rakibul Hasan, Prantik Nawrose Nabil and Tanzim Hasan Sakib in their latest World Cup squad with the first two to play as captain and vice-captain.

The current batch of the junior Tigers had received less exposure compared to their previous team after Covid-19 forced to postpone quite a few proposed series.

Bangladesh U-19 team had a mixed outing during the matches they played in the last few months after they returned to the field for the first time in September last year.

The junior Tigers won a home 50-over series against Afghanistan 3-2 before they went down in the one-off Youth Test series against the same opponents.

They then travelled to Sri Lanka where they suffered a 0-5 defeat against the hosts in a five-match YODI series in October before they became unbeaten champions in a triangular series in India in December.

The junior Tigers failed to qualify for the final in the U-19 Asia Cup in the UAE after they lost to ultimate champions India in the semifinal, held last month.

However, they had a decent outing against Zimbabwe in their World Cup warm-up match as they won the match by 155 runs in D/L method to get some confidence in their bank ahead of the 14th edition of the tournament.

“We couldn’t prepare like the previous time due to Covid-19. However, other teams also couldn’t take enough preparation for the same reason. But I think the kind of preparation we have is the best possible one. If we can execute our plans properly in the coming matches, we can definitely do well in the tournament,” Bangladesh skipper Rakibul told reporters in a virtual press conference on Wednesday.

Bangladesh will face Canada on January 20 while they will take on the United Arab Emirates on January 22 respectively in their remaining Group A matches with both the matches scheduled to be held at the same venue.

The tournament will see the top two teams from each of the four groups go through to the Super League stage while the remaining teams will battle it out in the Plate competition.

The two semifinals will be played on February 1 and 2 while the final will be played on February 5 at Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua.

Meanwhile, Australia and Sri Lanka began their respective campaign of the ICC U-19 World Cup on a winning note after they defeated West Indies and Scotland by six wickets and 40 runs respectively during their opening Group D matches on Friday.