UAE gears up to host U-19 World Cup

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UAE gears up to host U-19 World Cup

The UAE will host a major ICC event for the first time, with the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup UAE 2014 being staged from February 14 to 1 March.

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Published: Tue 28 Jan 2014, 2:48 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 9:13 PM

Dubai International Stadium will host some of the matches

Dubai International Stadium will host some of the matches

The seven venues to be used for the tournament in the UAE are the Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi; Abu Dhabi Oval 1; Abu Dhabi Oval 2; Sharjah Cricket Stadium; Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai Sports City; ICC Academy Oval 1, Dubai and the ICC Academy Oval 2, Dubai.

Australia hosted the inaugural edition of the ICC U19 CWC in 1988. The tournament was subsequently staged in South Africa in 1998, Sri Lanka in 2000, New Zealand in 2002, Bangladesh in 2004, Sri Lanka in 2006, Malaysia in 2008, New Zealand in 2010 and Australia in 2012.

Discussing what it means to the UAE to host the 10th edition of the ICC U19 CWC, David East, the Chief Executive of the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), said: “It is a great honour for us to have been asked to stage this major event for the ICC.

“It is a very significant milestone in the development of the UAE’s profile in international cricket, and will showcase the country as an ideal destination for global events”, he said.

Outlining why the UAE is a great choice for global cricket events, East said: “We are very fortunate to have three world class stadia in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah, with all being very experienced at delivering regular international cricket.

“The weather in February should be perfect for the tournament, and with the UAE being one of the safest places in the world to visit, it makes for an ideal destination for international events such as this”, he added.

Seven venues will be used for the ICC U19 CWC UAE 2014. Discussing their merits, East said: “In Abu Dhabi we have the iconic Zayed Cricket stadium together with two nursery ovals and a newly constructed pavilion to service them both.

“In Dubai, the stadium is a state of the art international venue with two further ovals at the ICC cricket academy — both floodlit, providing further options for hosting events.

“The Sharjah stadium boasts the world record for hosting the most one day international matches, and has excellent playing and practice facilities in its central city-location”, he added.

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