The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the 14-man squads for the 10 teams participating in ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Ireland.
Host Ireland will be joined by teams from Afghanistan, Canada, Kenya, Namibia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Scotland, United States of America (USA) and Vanuatu.
The top six sides of the tournament, which will be played from 28 July to 9 August, will qualify for a place at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup to be held in Australia next year. The 10 ICC Full Members automatically qualify.
The tournament will be played on 14 grounds in Dublin and the North-West, namely Merrion, The Hills, North County, Leinster, Clontarf, YMCA, Oakhill, Coleraine, Bready 1, Bready 2, Limavady, Strabane, Eglinton and Drummond.
ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier Squads
Afghanistan: Shir M. Shirzi (captain), M Jawed Ahmadi, Mohammad Y. Ahmadzai, Nasir J. Ahmadzai, Younas K. Ahmadzai, Aftab Alam, Abdur R Mangal, Abdul R.K. Naseri, Mohibullah Paak, Rahmatullah Sahaq, Hashmatullah Shaidi, Sayed A. Shirzad, Najibullah Zadran, Afsar K. Zazai
Canada: Kevasan Juvarajan (captain), Tristan Ali, Maninder Aulakh, Suddepta Aurka, Gurkaran Dhilon, Nikil Dhutta, Kyle Edghill, Nitish Kumar, Trevor Manoosingh, Rayankhan Pathan, Sarren Ramsany, Jobanjot Singh Sidhu, Akass Shah, Akhlas Umar
Ireland: George Dockrell (captain), George Adair, Richard Berry, Scott Campbell, Adam Coughlan, Shane Getake, Niall Hodgins, Ryan Hunter, Hugh MacDonnell, Andrew McBrine, Graeme McCarter, Barry McCarthy, Sam Shannon, Jason van der Marwe
Kenya: Kennedy Ochieng (captain), Duncan Allan, Harrison Angila, Jignesh Hirani, Irfan Karim, Martin Ndandason, Joseph Ochieng, Rushabhvardhan Patel, Emmanuel Ringera, Raj Savala, Raj Shikotra, Vinit Shikotra, Siddhant Taneja, Rahul Vishram
Namibia: Stephen Baard (captain), Justin Baard, Luke Bolton, Christopher Coombe, Jason Davidson, Andre Engelbrecht, Gerhard Erasmus, Shalako Groenewald, Zhivago Groenewald, Gert Lotter, Tangeni Lungameni, Pelham Myburgh, Wian van vuuren, Johan Wessels
Nepal: Prithu Baskota (captain), Pradeep Airee, Naresh B. Budhaayer, Bhuban Karki, Krishna Karki, Avinash Karn, Subash P. Khakurel, Nischal Pandey, Shubhendi Pandey, Rajesh Pulami Magar, Sagar Pun, Fajlur Rahman, Rupesh K. Shrivastav, Rahul K. Vishwakarma
PNG: Christopher Kent (captain), Charles Amini, Dogodo Bau, Sese Bau, Nigel Boge, Albert Geita, Raymond Haoda, Gia Kelly, Raturima Maha, Alei Nao, Vagi Oala, Lega Siaka, Toua Tom, Norman Vanua
Scotland: Patrick Saddler (captain), Frederick Coleman, Matthew Cross, Henry Edwards, Peter Legget, Anjandeep Luthra, Thomas McBride, Scott McElnea, Ross McLean, Samuel Page, Peter Ross, , Kyle Smith, Stanley Shillington, Aman Bailwal
USA: Gregory Sewdial (captain), Salman Ahmad, Shayan Abdul Ghani, Abhijit Joshi, Cameron Mirza, Prashanth Nair, Mital Patel, Amarnauth Persaud, Gurpreet Sandhu, Hammad Shahid, Jodhbir Singh, Trevor Singh, Pranay Suri, Steven Taylor
Vanuatu: Patrick Matautaava (captain), Ravin Arutambean, Kaluwin Bangalini, Callum Blake, Jelany Chilia, Worford Kalworai, Kendy Kenneth, Nalin Nipiko, Jamal Ngwango, Joshua Rasu, Shem Sala, Jaxies Samuel, Apolinaire Stephen, Ronald Tari.
ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier Schedule
All games begin at 1045 local time
- 26 July ? Scheduled team arrivals
- 27 July ? Practice
- 28 July: Kenya v Vanuatu (Merrion), Namibia v PNG (The Hills), Scotland v Canada (North County), Afghanistan v Nepal (Leinster), Ireland v USA (Clontarf)
- 29 July: Ireland v Afghanistan (North County), Nepal v Scotland (Merrion), Canada v Kenya (The Hills), Vanuatu v Namibia (YMCA), PNG v USA (Leinster)
- 30 July: Rest/Reserve Day
- 31 July: USA v Namibia (North County), Vanuatu v Canada (Merrion), Kenya v Nepal (Railway Union), Ireland v Scotland (The Hills), Afghanistan v PNG (Leinster)
- 1 August: Nepal v Vanuatu (YMCA), Namibia v Canada (North County), USA v Afghanistan (The Hills), PNG v Scotland (Oakhill), Ireland v Kenya (Leinster)
- 2 August: Travel Day
- 3 August: Ireland v Vanuatu (Coleraine), Canada v Nepal (Bready), Namibia v Afghanistan (Limavady), Kenya v PNG (Strabane), Scotland v USA (Eglinton)
- 4 August: Rest/Reserve Day
- 5 August: Afghanistan v Scotland (Strabane), Kenya v USA (Bready), PNG v Vanuatu (Bready 2), Ireland v Canada (Limavady), Nepal v Namibia (Drummond)
- 6 August: Canada v ONG (Eglinton), Vanuatu v USA (Drummond), Ireland v Nepal (Bready), Scotland v Namibia (Bready 2), Kenya v Afghanistan (Limavady)
- 7 August: Scotland v Kenya (Eglinton), PNG v Nepal (Coleraine), USA v Canada (Bready 2), Afghanistan v Vanuatu (Bready), Ireland v Namibia (Strabane)
- 8 August: Rest/Reserve Day
- 9 August: Namibia v Kenya (Drummond), Ireland v PNG (Eglinton), Vanuatu v Scotland (Coleraine), Nepal v USA (Limavady), Canada v Afghanistan (Strabane)