ICC Men’s U19 Europe Qualifier to be hosted by Netherlands

Netherlands Cricket

The Netherlands is going to play host to the Europe Qualifier of the ICC U19 Men’s World Cup on the 6th of August.

Meanwhile, the final marquee event will be played in Sri Lanka the next year in January.

Some of these teams including Nepal, New Zealand, and Namibia have joined with the automatic qualifying nations.

Moreover, the Europe Qualifier will witness six countries vying for the last spot in this tournament.

The teams for this edition of the Qualifier include Italy, Norway, Guernsey, Jersey, Scotland, and the Netherlands.

The team with the maximum points will get the final spot in the mega tournament after finishing 1st.

Meanwhile, all games will be played in the round-robin format in this tournament.

There are going to be a total of 15 games in this tournament, hosted across three venues.

Furthermore, all three stadiums will get a total of 5 matches apiece to host for this tournament.

Therefore, the Netherlands will look to win this tournament as they have a massive home advantage.

But, they will still have to conquer the stiff competition they will receive from Scotland and the other sides.

Additionally, the Europe Qualifier will hope to keep the fans’ expectations high for this tournament.

Andrew Wright and Monica Vissner give small speeches ahead of the Europe Qualifiers

Says Andrew Wright, ICC Europe Regional Development Manager,

The U19 Men’s Europe Qualifier has a rich history of helping to develop and showcase Europe’s best young talent.

In the last three months we have seen Harry Tector scoring a Test half-century at Lord’s, Josh Little playing in an IPL final, Vikramjit Singh hitting an ODI century to help the Dutch to the 2023 Men’s Cricket World Cup and Tomas Mackintosh help his Scottish team secure a place at the 2024 Men’s T20 World Cup.

Each of these players competed in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Europe pathway in recent years, and are a testament to the benefits of competitive, high-quality junior international cricket.

This time around, the Netherlands will play host to five other European nations, and I am looking forward to seeing the next generation of superstars emerge. With one spot available to the main event, the Europe Qualifier promises to be a highly competitive and engaging tournament.

Says Monica Visser, Chief Executive Officer of the Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricket Bond,

It is an honour for the KNCB to host this year’s ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup Europe Qualifier. We hosted the first U19 European Tournament in 1975, with David Gower the big star of that event scoring a couple of centuries. Almost 50 years later, it will be exciting to see which of this year’s participating players will appear on the scorecards of significant importance in the coming years.

Hosting this event fits into our long-term vision of growing the game in the Netherlands. Having hosted West Indies, England, New Zealand, and Pakistan last year, we hope this event will help us to attract more young boys and girls into our game.

I wish all participants success in the upcoming matches. May the best team win and keep up the good spirit.

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