Nepal Awarded The Right To Host ACC U-19 Cup

The Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) will host the Asian Cricket Council’s U-19 Cup in Kathmandu from November 8 – 19, 2005.

“It’s a great honour for us in Nepal and we are certainly very ready”, said ACC Vice-President and CAN President Jai Kumar Nath Shah. “The winner of this tournament goes forward to play in the U-19 World Cup next year and so this event is of major importance to all the countries at this level.”

Four grounds will be used in Kathmandu to host the tournament, two of them brand new grounds being specially developed for the tournament. Nepal TV, the state broadcaster will beam the semi-final and Final live and will carry highlights of all day’s play. Up to 46 countries will be able to access the satellite signal.

Fifteen teams play in the tournament, and are split into four groups. As semi-finalists in the last ACC U19 Cup held in Pakistan in 2003, Nepal, Malaysia, Qatar and Kuwait were seeded and thus kept apart from each other’s groups. The draw was made in Kuala Lumpur today in the presence of ACC Development Manager Sultan Rana and the Honorary Secretary of the Malaysian Cricket Association, Sivanandan Chinnadurai.

Group A Group B Group C Group D
Nepal Kuwait Qatar Malaysia
Bahrain Afghanistan Singapore Hong Kong
Brunei UAE Oman Saudi Arabia
Iran Thailand Maldives

Security was an issue raised by the ACC Development Manager Sultan Rana in his inspection tour of Kathmandu in September. “The Chief of Police and Chief of Army Staff gave me their assurances that no teams would face any problems during the tournament.”

Filed October 07 2005