ICC to launch Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- The International Cricket Council will officially launch the Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Dunedin, New Zealand on Monday. The launch will be held at University Oval, Dunedin and will be attended by ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat along with Tournament Director Tim Murdoch.

West Indies will be one of 16 teams doing battle in the tournament which is scheduled to run from January 15-30 in New Zealand. The West Indies have been drawn in Group D along with Pakistan, Bangladesh and Papua New Guinea. Group D matched will be contested in Napier and Palmerston North. Group A is: defending champs India, England, Afghanistan and Hong King; Group B is South Africa, Australia, Ireland and United States of America; and Group C New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and Canada.

West Indies will open their campaign against Pakistan while title-holders India will start the defence of their title against
qualifiers Afghanistan. Before the official tournament matches the West Indies will play official warm-up matches against Australia and Ireland.

West Indies Under-19 World Cup matches:
Monday, January 11: vs Australia at Lincoln 3 (warm-up)
Tuesday, January 12: vs Ireland at Hagley Park (warm-up)
Friday, January 15: vs Pakistan at Fitzherbert Park (tournament)
Sunday, January 17: vs Bangladesh at Fitzherbert Park (tournament)
Tuesday, January 19: vs Papua New Guinea at Fitzherbert Park (tournament)