New Zealand’s cricket stars of tomorrow are gearing up for a tilt at history, when they bid for a first ICC Under19 Cricket World Cup trophy in the 12th edition of the tournament, starting 13 January.
Media release, with thanks, from New Zealand Cricket
After previously hosting the event in 2002 and 2010, the ICC Under19 Cricket World Cup is back on New Zealand soil with games to be held in Christchurch, Queenstown, Tauranga and Whangarei.
New Zealand will be led by Central Districts all-rounder Kaylum Boshier, the younger brother of Chiefs Super Rugby player Lachlan Boshier, and are coached by former BLACKCAPS spinner Paul Wiseman.
The 15-strong squad has a chance to etch their names in the record books, with New Zealand yet to lift the Under19 Cricket World Cup since the biannual tournament’s inception in 1988.
New Zealand went all the way to the final 20 years ago in 1998 in South Africa before falling to England by seven wickets. It was the launching pad for several international careers including James Franklin, Kyle Mills and brothers Hamish and James Marshall.
New Zealand’s next best finish was a decade on in 2008 in Malaysia, where they made it to the semi-final against a Virat Kohli led Indian side.
Tim Southee was awarded player of the tournament before making his senior international debut a few months later, while his new ball bowling partner Trent Boult picked up 7-20 in a match, figures which still stand as the second best in the history of the event. Current BLACKCAPS captain Kane Williamson was the captain of that side.
The latest player to transition from the Under19 set-up to the senior side is Glenn Phillips, who played in the last World Cup in 2016 and went on to make his BLACKCAPS debut early last year. His younger brother Dale Phillips will feature for New Zealand for the second time after also playing in the 2016 edition of the tournament.
New Zealand are already in camp and play their second game of a three-match warm-up series against Pakistan tomorrow at Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln.
They start their campaign against the West Indies on January 13 under lights at Bay Oval, before meeting Kenya at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on the 17th, with their final pool game a day-night match on Saturday January 20 back in Tauranga.
The final is scheduled for Saturday February 3rd at Bay Oval.
A full tournament fixture list with start times can be found at nzc.nz.
All matches during the tournament are free entry.