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New Zealand pull out of 2022 under-19 World Cup due to quarantine restrictions upon return

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Scotland will replace New Zealand as the latter withdrew from the 16-team Under-19 World Cup in the West Indies due to mandatory quarantine restrictions for minors they would have faced upon return from the tournament.

Bangladesh are the defending champions, beating India in the final of the 2020 tournament. (Courtesy of ICC)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Scotland join a competitive Group D which includes Australia, Sri Lanka and West Indies
  • The tournament will be played in the Carribean for the first time
  • The final will be played on February 5

New Zealand have withdrawn from next year’s men’s under-19 World Cup due to mandatory quarantine rules for minors they would have faced when they return from the tournament. Scotland will replace the team in a formidable Group D that includes hosts West Indies, Australia and Sri Lanka.

The tournament will start on January 14 and the final is schedule to be played on February 5. This will the first time in 14-edition history that the under-19 World Cup will be played in the Carribean.

Defending champions Bangladesh headline Group A in the 16-team tournament, alongside England, Canada and UAE. Four-time champions India are grouped alongside South Africa, Ireland and Uganda while Afghanistan, Pakistan, PNG and Zimbabwe compose Group C.

The tournament will be played across 10 venues in Antigua and Barbuda, Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis and Trinidad and Tobago.

Trinidad and Tobago will host the Plate competition between 25 and 31 January, with the Super League taking place in Antigua and Barbuda from 26 January. The semi-finals will be played on February 1 across two venues; the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground and Coolidge Cricket Ground on February 2. The Final on February 5 will also be held at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.

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