Bengaluru, November 30: The ICC U19 World Cup 2018 was launched with 44 days to go for the 16-team event that brings together future stars who will compete across four cities and seven venues in New Zealand from January 13 to February 3, 2018.
The function was attended by Grant Robertson, Minister for Sports and Recreation of New Zealand, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson, New Zealand Cricket Chief Executive David White and Event Brand Ambassador Corey Anderson among others.
"The ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup is special for so many reasons. It gives players an unrivaled experience of global events, a real flavor of international cricket at senior level and a glimpse into what life as one of the world's best is really like.
"This event plays an important role in developing the participating teenagers into international professionals, teaching them invaluable lessons in comradery, discipline, leadership, playing under pressure and of course in the spirit of the game.
"A host of past and present stars have come through the U-19s since its inception in 1988. The fact that a number of current captains including your very own Kane Williamson, Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Joe Root, Sarfraz Ahmed, Dinesh Chandimal and Eoin Morgan have all played in the event demonstrates the calibre of cricket we have come to expect at this event," said Richardson.
New Zealand all-rounder Anderson remembered how the tournament helped shape his career.
"It is an honour for me to be associated with this tournament as its Brand Ambassador. I played in two U-19 World Cups in 2008 and 2010 and can't forget the experience of playing with the upcoming best from around the world.
"I was lucky to have figured in the tournament along with players like Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Kane Williamson and Joe Root, all of who have gone on to lead their respective sides in world cricket.
"The tournament provides players with many learning which hold them in good stead as they develop into top-class cricketers," said Anderson.