The Under-19 World Cup, starting Friday in the West Indies, will give future stars a chance to shine, while four-time champions India will once again be the top contenders for the title. In the tournament being held on Caribbean soil for the first time amid the Corona epidemic, 16 teams have been divided into four groups. India has been placed in Group B while Australia is in Group D.
Bangladesh, which won the Under-19 title for the first time by defeating India two years ago, are in Group-A and two-time winners Pakistan and Afghanistan are in Group-C. The Afghanistan team has arrived here late due to visa issues and was deprived of playing the warm-up matches. The top two teams from each group will advance to the quarterfinals.The bio bubble of the tournament has not yet been violated, but there have been cases of corona infection in the teams of Pakistan and Zimbabwe. New Zealand withdrew from the tournament due to their segregation rules, being replaced by Scotland. Hosts West Indies will face Australia on the first day while Scotland will face Sri Lanka. India will play their first match against South Africa in Guyana on Saturday.