India U19 To Travel Sri Lanka In July, To Host Afghanistan, Nepal Later
India U19 team is all set to travel to Sri Lanka in July, a report in The Indian Express suggests.
This tour will also be the first tournament that India U19 will play post the World Cup glory.
The tournament will also a build up to the next Junior World Cup to be played in South Africa in 2020.
One of the major reasons for India winning the World Cup early this year was the preparations.
Under Rahul Dravid, India U19 played Asia Cup in December 2016 – which was also the first game for the side after World Cup 2016 – and many of the players from that tour retained their place in the side.
Many of the players came in the side and number of tours meant that many of the players got chances and best of them went onto play the World Cup.
India U19 also traveled to England few months before World Cup, which was probably the best exposure for them.
Apart from that, India played Asia Cup again and a home series against England U19 too.
With India U19 all set for action again, the focus will be on new players coming in the side.
No player from previous World Cup, even if he is below the age of 19, can be part of the side as BCCI had put a cap on players to play just one World Cup.
This saw a player like Washington Sundar not playing the U19 World Cup this year, despite being eligible to be part of the tournament.
Interestingly, he made his India debut before the World Cup.
Riyan Parag, who is 16-year-old, is also not eligible to play for India U19 again.
A new set of players will be part of the India U19 with a new captain taking to reins to lead the team.
BCCI is also planning to host Nepal and Afghanistan U19 later this year, the report adds.
Hence, India U19 is all set to start the preparations in full swing before the next Junior World Cup.
Rahul Dravid, the coach of the side, is contracted with 2019 and in all likeliness, he will continue his association with the team.
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