Pakistan take on Afghanistan in U19 World Cup opener

Pakistan take on Afghanistan in U19 World Cup opener

Pakistan take on Afghanistan in U19 World Cup opener

History repeated itself as Blind Cricket World cup defending champions India beat Pakistan convincingly by seven wickets at the Ajman Oval stadium in UAE on Friday, January 12.

The likes of India captain Prithvi Shaw, teammate Shubham Gill, Australia captain Jason Sangha, Pakistan pacer Shaheen Afridi, Afghanistan batting sensation Baheer Shah, they all go into the event after making a mark on the domestic circuit back home. Md Jail scored 90 runs in 91 balls before he was retired hurt.

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On television, the reach of the ICC U19 CWC will be spread across five continents as ICC will continue its long-term partnerships with various broadcast partners including Star Sports (India and the rest of the Indian Sub-continent), Sky Sports (United Kingdom & Republic of Ireland), SuperSport (South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa), OSN (Middle East & North Africa). For India, Venkateshwara Rao scored a half century.

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With this win, India top their group, followed by Pakistan. The team's opening game against Australia was called off due to heavy rain. As the Indian team refused to travel to Pakistan, their matches are hosted in the UAE.

Sixteen teams will compete in the tournament, with the 10 test-tier nations joined by six qualifiers. However, only teams from Bangladesh and Nepal have agreed to play in Pakistan for now, while matches with other countries are scheduled to be held in UAE.

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The tournament's stature has risen to such an extent that a great like Rahul Dravid, the current India U-19 coach, would love to have been part of it back in the day.

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