ICC U-19 World Cup commences on Saturday

Rahul Dravid Sourav Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly during a Test match in England

However, India won their last match against Sri Lanka, before which their opening game against Australia was called off due to rain.

New Zealand have never won an ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup, despite producing some stellar talent over the years. This is the third time the tournament is being held in New Zealand, after 2002 and 2010. Zafar Iqbal took 2 wickets for 27 runs and Haroon Khan claimed 1 wicket for 46 runs.

The 16-team event has been divided in groups of four each, with top two sides from each group advancing to the Super League while the remaining eight teams will feature in the Plate Championship.

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"The aim is the same as that of any cricketing nation - this dream of winning the World Cup".

India are clubbed with Australia, Zimbabwe and East Asia Pacific qualifier Papua New Guinea in Group B, an International Cricket Council (ICC) release stated on Thursday. The final will be played on February 3 at Mount Maunganui. The fact that Dravid, who has had an exemplary record in New Zealand as a player, is the coach, will come in handy for the youngsters. India captain Ajay Reddy scored nine runs and Prakash Jayaramiah scored 76. The National Cricket Team Leg-spinner Rashid Khan was one of the key members of that squad and is now one of the leading spinners of the world in ODIs and T20Is. "I tell a lot of these boys that I think it's a terrific opportunity for them to be a part of this tournament", Dravid had said in the lead up to the event.

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