Malaysia will become the first Associate Member country to host the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup when it stages the U-19 World Cup in February 2008.

“We are delighted to be able to spread our top junior cricket event around the emerging cricket world,” said ICC President Ehsan Mani.

Ehsan Mani

“Malaysia has a proven track record of staging international cricket events. It successfully staged cricket during the 1998 Commonwealth Games and has previously hosted the ICC Trophy and the ICC World Cup Qualifying Series Division Two,” added Mr. Mani.

Malaysia has played host to a number of other youth tournaments and will also be hosting the ACC Trophy (for the second consecutive time) in August this year.

The next four U-19 Cup World Cups will all be staged in Associate nations, with the UAE scheduled for the 2014 event.

Mr. Mani went on to say: “The United Arab Emirates will have three magnificent stadiums in place by 2014 as well as the facilities of the ICC Global Cricket Academy. All four members have sufficient grounds and turf pitches and these events will provide impetus for the continued growth of the sport in these four geographically spread countries.” (Malaysia, Canada, Kenya and the UAE).

Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

The UAE has also been awarded the right to host the 12-team ICC World Cup Qualifier (formerly The ICC Trophy) in 2009.

Filed May 2 2006