BAN-U19 VS ENG-U19 TEAM PREVIEWS
The year 2022 will be marked by several highlight events, and the year couldn’t have started any better with the Under-19 World Cup beginning in January. With sixteen countries’ young guns pitted against one other, there will be much to watch and judge as the future stars take the field.
The tournament has started with Group D and Group C matches, and now all eyes will be on Group B, as England U-19 will face Bangladesh U-19 in a crucial match. In senior cricket, England is the defending champion, while in U-19 cricket, Bangladesh U-19 is the defending champion. This duel between the two will provide lots of entertainment for both viewers and bettors.
The match will take place at Warner Park in Basseterre, St Kitts, on the evening of January 16, 2021. Based on recent events, it is likely to be a thrilling fight that will keep your attention riveted throughout.
Bangladesh may not have been able to put the pedal to the metal in senior cricket, but they’ve come a long way in U19 cricket. Bangladesh has progressed through the group stage six times in the last eight editions of the competition, demonstrating their consistency. In fact, they came into the competition as defending champions, a title they earned after a thrilling victory over India U9 in South Africa a few years back.
Bangladesh U19 has an experienced head at the helm in Rakibul Hasan, a World Cup winner, and that could prove to be a key element. Apart from that, Bangladesh has recently played a lot of cricket, including the Asia Cup U19, where they performed admirably. They won their group and went undefeated before being ousted in the tournament’s second quarterfinal by U19.
Aside from Rakibul Hasan, Bangladesh has a plethora of skill at its disposal. Mofijul Islam Robin has been quite steady recently, and his team’s success will be heavily reliant on him. Apart from him, all eyes will be on Aich Mollah, who led Bangladesh in scoring against Zimbabwe in their warm-up encounter. He had a run-a-ball batting average of 82.
Overall, Bangladesh’s U19 team not only has a strong team on paper, but they have also executed well. They have experience on top of that, and if they can play to their full capacity, their opponents will have a difficult time, not just in this match but in all the ones to follow.
England may have won the major fifty-over title just a few years ago, but their previous U-19 victory was in 1998, when England overcame New Zealand in the competition’s final. The best performance by an England U19 squad was in 2014, when they reached the semi-final stage. They’ve been bad ever since, and with plenty of motivation from the senior squad, this English team would be desperate to make it all the way to the final.
England U19 were knocked out of the tournament in the first round in the previous edition, and it will not be easy this time. Having said that, they do have some extremely excellent players available this time, all of whom will be eager to get into the swing of things. All eyes will be on Hampshire skipper Tom Prest, who has been with the team for a long time. Apart from him, they have Jacob Bethell and Archie Lenham, both of whom have performed admirably in their separate domestic periods.
Overall, adjusting to the conditions will be critical for this English team, considering that the conditions in the West Indies differ significantly from those at home. One positive factor is that they are coming off a tremendous 281-run victory over Papua New Guinea in their warm-up match and will be full of confidence. In this forthcoming match, they will need their regular suspects to shine, and if that happens, the England U19 team will be extremely difficult to beat.
BAN-U19 VS ENG-U19 PLAYING 11
- J Rew
- A Mollah
- G Thomas II
- M Islam Robin
- P Nawrose
- Tom Prest (VC)
- R Ahmed
- Meherob Hasan (C)
- Musfik Hasan
- N Barnwell
- Rakibul Hasan