ICC Grants U-19 World Cup Hosting Rights to South Africa, Taking Them From Sri Lanka Cricket

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The ICC has shifted the hosting rights for the upcoming Under-19 Cricket World Cup from Sri Lanka to South Africa due to the suspension of the Sri Lankan cricket board over alleged government interference. As per a Cricbuzz report, the decision was unanimous, and despite the suspension, cricket in Sri Lanka will continue as normal. South Africa was chosen as the new host due to its superior infrastructure, despite discussions about Oman and the UAE as potential hosts. The tournament is scheduled from January 13 to February 9, clashing with SA20’s second edition beginning on January 10. However, Cricket South Africa assured that both tournaments can be managed simultaneously. India, the defending champions, will kick off their campaign on January 14 against Bangladesh. Participating teams include Sri Lanka (hosts), Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Ireland, Pakistan, South Africa, West Indies, and Zimbabwe.