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4 matches on Day I

Abu Dhabi: Future stars will get a chance to show their talent, potential and prowess when the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup gets underway in the UAE, on Friday.

On the opening day, four matches will be played with England taking on the UAE at the Zayed Cricket Stadium. Zimbabwe will take on Canada at Abu Dhabi Oval 1, while New Zealand will square off against Sri Lanka at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. South Africa and the West Indies will lock horns at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

India will seek to defend the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup title in a 16-day tournament in which 48 matches will be played. India have also previously won the crown under Mohammed Kaif in 2000 and Virat Kohli in 2008, but unlike Pakistan, their opponent in Saturday’s match at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, they have never won back-to-back titles. (PTI)