ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2018 is just 100 days away. The International Cricket Council has announced New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson as the event ambassador for the tournament . The tournament will see participation of 166 teams. The world cup will bring together the world’s future cricket stars.
This is the 12th edition of the tournament and the third in New Zealand. The world cup will run from 13 January to 3 February across four cities. This touurnament gives a platform to inspire the next generation of cricketers and fans.
This was highlighted by Anderson, who played in the U19 World Cups of 2008 (in Malaysia) and 2010 (in New Zealand).
“It is extremely exciting to be involved again in the U19 World Cup. I played two of them – it is the first stepping stone to playing international cricket. You go from playing domestic cricket to playing international cricket – it’s a big step but it’s a step that is necessary. To have it in our backyard is great. We are going to see players who people may not know now but who in the years to come will become household names. In 2010, it was my first snippet of playing international cricket at home, “Anderson said.
Anderson, who scored 324 runs in 10 matches with four half-centuries across the two editions of the tournament, has been representing New Zealand regularly in all three formats of the game. The 26-year-old all-rounder made his international debut in 2012 and to date has scored 683 runs and bagged 16 wickets in 13 Tests, accumulated 1109 runs and grabbed 60 wickets in 49 ODIs, and has 432 runs and 14 wickets in 29 T20Is.
The ICC U19 Cricket World Cup, which replicates a major tournament experience in terms of organisation, playing facilities and media attention, is an important event in ICC’s events calendar and is seen as a stepping stone in the development of all participants – players and match officials.