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2023 ICC Under-19 Men’s Cricket World Cup Asian Qualifiers stage in UAE


All six countries will take part in the ICC Under-19 World Cup Asian qualifiers at Malik 1 and 2 Stadiums and Eden in Ajman. Hosts United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Malaysia, Nepal and Singapore will battle it out for a place in the 2024 ICC Men’s Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Sri Lanka from 24 February to 2 March.

All the teams have arrived here, trained in various venues, and also played warm-up matches.

The first day of matches on February 24 will see hosts UAE take on Malaysia at Malik 1, while Kuwait will take on Hong Kong at Malik 2. The match between Nepal and Singapore will be held at Eden.

The UAE qualified for the 2020 ICC Under-19 World Cup in South Africa in the last Asian qualifier. The UAE are now led by all-rounder Aayan Khan, who played a key role in their 93-run victory over West Indies at the 2020 ICC Under-19 World Cup. Most of the players in the UAE team have been selected based on their performances in UAE domestic cricket, with some players having played alongside top international cricketers in franchise leagues.

Nepal was captained by Dev Khanal. He has experience as captain of the Nepal Under-19 national team during the 2021 ACC Under-19 Asian Cup in Sharjah. To scout for talent for this Asian qualifier, the Nepal Cricket Association (CAN) is organizing a Boys Under-19 National Championship from 23 November to 5 December 2022.

After a series of warm-up games in Oman, Hong Kong has arrived in the UAE for the Asian qualifiers. They selected a strong team based on certain criteria. One of the coaches, Jawaid Iqbal, said the team was selected on the basis of excellence in domestic cricket. The team is captained by Ahan Trivedi of the powerful Kowloon Cricket Club.

Kuwait’s under-19 cricketers are still inspired by their impressive performances in recent years. They played in Division 1 of the ICC Under-19 qualifiers and did well. They also participated in the Asian Under-19 Cup twice. The Kuwait cricket team revealed that the current average age of the team is 16.5 years old. The main reason for choosing such a team is to lay a solid foundation for the team in the next few years. Upon arrival, they trained at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium and played a practice match. The team is captained by Jude Saldanha.

Singapore are led by Jeevan Santhanam, who has been their consistent performer. An excellent all-rounder, he has won many tournaments. In the ICC CWC Asia Zone 2 qualifiers in October 2022, the team performed well and remained unbeaten. They hope to repeat it in the UAE. By the way, in that tournament, the skipper Jeevan Santhanam was the best player of the tournament.

Malaysia hosted the ICC Asia Under-19 World Cup qualifiers in 2019. Although they did not perform well, they worked hard for this tournament. The team is led by goalkeeper batsman Karthik Rajaratnam. The Malaysian Cricket Association hosts the Malaysia Qadrangular T20 Series and over 50 national team trials. A strong squad has been selected from top performances in these games.

The match officials for this event are: Wendell Labrooy Tournament (Referee), Asif Yaqoob (Tutor) & (Referee), Buddhi Pradhan (Referee), Shiju Sam Mannil (Referee), Rahul Asher (Referee), Vinod Babu (Referee), Kalidas Viswanadan (Referee), Tabarak Dar (Referee), RV Venkatesh (Referee) and Harikrishnan Pillai (Referee).

schedule: (All games start at 9am)

February 24: UAE vs Malaysia (Malek Ground 1) Kuwait vs Hong Kong (Malek Ground 2) Nepal vs Singapore (Eden Gardens)

25 February: Malaysia vs Singapore (Malek Ground 1), Nepal vs Kuwait (Malek Ground 2), Hong Kong vs UAE (Eden Gardens)

27 February: Hong Kong vs Nepal (Malek Ground 1), UAE vs Singapore (Malek Ground 2), Kuwait vs Malaysia (Eden Gardens)

February 28: UAE vs Kuwait (Malek Ground 1), Malaysia vs Nepal (Malek Ground 2), Singapore vs Hong Kong (Eden Gardens)

March 2: Singapore vs Kuwait (Malek Ground 1), Hong Kong vs Malaysia (Malek Ground 2), Nepal vs UAE (Eden Gardens)


United Arab Emirates: Aayan Khan (Captain), Aryansh Sharma, Aryan Saxena, Dhruv Parashar, Ethan D’Souza, Aayan Khan, Tanish Suri (Goalkeeper), Ammar Badami, Harshit Seth, Harsh Desai, Harit Shetty, Monish Gajeswaran, Maroof Merchant, Omid Rahman Dee Parker Gajraj.

Hongkong: Ahan Trivedi (Capt), Aarez Dar, Abdul Samad Khan, Aliyaan Mohammad, Ansh Doshi, Aryan Chandrimani, Charlie Walsh, Daniel Morgan Mapp, Darsh Vora, Jayden Botfield, Mudassar Khan, Paraspreet Singh, Parth Bhagwat, Shiv Mathur

Kuwait: Jude Saldanha (Capt), Jay Mehta, Saud Mohammad Sadas, Jannat Jiwanga, Taha Hassan, Ethan Cherian, Mohammad Shah Hull, Henry Thomas, Hurt Kishore, Arsh Sahir, Gautham Prakkar, Haib Ali, Yusuf Sadiq Basha, Mohammad Akif Fa rook.

Nepal: Dev Khanal (Capt), Arjun Kumal, Dipak Bohara, Aakash Tripathi, Durgesh Gupta, Dipak Prasad Dumre, Hemant Dhami, Akash Chand, Dipesh Kandel, Bishal Bikram Kc, Subhash Bhandari, Milan Bohara, Deepak Bohara, Uttam Rangu Thapa Magar

Singapore: Jeevan Santhanam (Captain) Arjun Nagpal, Aryaveer Chaudhary, Abhuday Chhajer, Kabir Zandani Biren, Pranav Venkataraman Ramanatha Siva, Adwitya Bhargava, Pranav Nitin Maheshwari, Venkatesan Thiyanesh, Mahiyu Bhatia (Goalkeeper), Aaryan Modi, Sidhanth Sriahil Khanth, Raso mani

Malaysia: Mohammad Akram (Captain), Mohammad Arras Azmi, Mohammad Syahir Shayar, Haziq Haikar, Mohammad Azri Azhar, Mohammad Khalil (Goalkeeper), Hamza Punji, Mohammad Hariz Afnan, Mohammad Alif, Siddhartha Nilakantan, Shivnarin Rahul, Siddhar Karthik, Mohammad Aymanzaquan, Mohammad Faiz Fitri, Mohammad Akram


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