The International Cricket Council (ICC) Board has announced a new host nation for the 15th edition of the ICC Men's U19 Cricket World Cup in January 2024.
The event, scheduled for January, will take place in South Africa after the ICC Board, in its meeting today, confirmed the replacement of Sri Lanka as hosts.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) faced suspension by the ICC due to breaches in its obligations as a Member, particularly in failing to independently manage its operations without government interference.
Following the board meeting, it was disclosed that Sri Lanka can still participate in international cricket, both in bilateral matches and ICC events. However, the ICC will oversee funding to SLC. Consequently, the U19 event has been relocated to the same country that hosted the Women’s U19 T20 World Cup earlier this year.
This forthcoming World Cup marks the 15th edition of the U19 men's event, following the previous tournament in the West Indies in 2022, where India secured the title for the fifth time. India, among 15 other teams, will be competing vigorously for the highly sought-after trophy.
A revised tournament format has been introduced, incorporating a new Super Six stage after the Group stage to determine the semi-finalists.
The 16 participating teams are grouped into four groups of four. Defending Champions India share Group A with Bangladesh, Ireland, and the USA. Group B includes England, South Africa, the West Indies, and Scotland. Group C comprises Australia, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, and Namibia, while Group D encompasses Afghanistan, Pakistan, New Zealand, and Nepal.
Scheduled to commence in January, the tournament will feature 41 matches, culminating in the Final to be held in February.