warming up for U-19 World Cup
By Marlon Fernandopulle
Sri Lanka Cricket officials are working round the clock in their
efforts to ensure that all preparations are complete before the
ICC under 19 world cup kicks off in Colombo in two weeks time.
tournament will see sixteen teams compete in 44 games that will
be played in five test venues in Colombo. Speaking to the Sunday
Times Tournament Director Bandula Warnapura who is spearheading
all operations expressed satisfaction at the preparations todate.”We
are happy that all preparations are going on smoothly as planned”.
The former Sri Lanka test captain is expecting most of the teams
to arrive this week in order to prepare for the event.” Already
Nepal is here, we expect four more teams on Tuesday and still more
during the latter part of the week”.
to Warnapura the pitches are being prepared and all the five venues
are also geared up for the occasion.SSC, NCC, CCC, P Sara Stadium
and the R Premadasa Stadium are the venues which will host the world
cup. Meanwhile the teams and officials will be staying at the Taj
Samudra and Galadari Hotels in Colombo. Two former test cricketers
Jimmy Adams (West Indies) and Venkatesh Prasad (India) are also
expected as Coaches of their respective teams.
area of concern for Warnapura was the weather factor.” The
weather is always a bit of a concern when you host tournaments like
this. But going by the past records we have had good dry weather
during January and February for the past 10 years and so I hope
it will continue in that way”.
Sixteen umpires which will include three Sri Lankans selected by
the ICC will officiate in the games.T H Wijewardene,Asoka de Silva
and Peter Manuel will be the three Lankan umpires while Roshan Mahanama
and Alan Hurst will officiate as the match referees.
top 2 teams from each of the four groups will qualify for the Super
League and will play-off against each other in quarter-finals. The
bottom 2 teams from each of the four groups will qualify to play
in the Plate Championship and will also play-off against each other
in quarter finals.
winners of the Super League quarter-finals will qualify for the
Super League semi-finals. The losers of the Super League quarter-finals
will progress to the Super League play-offs. The winners of the
Plate Championship quarter-finals will qualify for the Plate Championship
semi-finals. The losers of the Plate Championship quarter-finals
will progress to the Plate Championship play-offs.