By Edward Makuzva
Zimbabwe has been pitted against Bangladesh, Pakistan and Scotland in Group C of the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2020 to be held in South Africa.
According to the schedule released by the International Cricket Council on Thursday, Zimbabwe will open their campaign at the 16-team biennial tournament against Bangladesh at the JB Marks Oval in Potchefstroom on 18 January 2020.
Zimbabwe will then face Pakistan and Scotland on 22 and 25 January 2020 respectively at the Witrand Oval, also in Potchefstroom.
“There’s no easy group in a World Cup,” Zimbabwe national Under-19 coach Prosper Utseya said, reacting to the draw.
“As Zimbabwe, we are going to mainly focus on things we can control – that is our game – not so much who is in our group.”
The top two teams from each of the four groups at the tournament will advance to the Super League, while the remaining teams will feature in the Plate championship.
“It’s a given that every team would want to progress to the Super League stage,” Utseya said.
“That said, should we play to our potential, we can achieve greater world-class heights.”
Zimbabwe’s final squad of 15 for the tournament is scheduled to be announced on 7 December.
ZIMBABWE’S GROUP C MATCH SCHEDULE
|Saturday||18 January||Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe||JB Marks Oval|
|Wednesday||22 January||Pakistan vs Zimbabwe||Witrand Oval|
|Saturday||25 January||Zimbabwe vs Scotland||Witrand Oval|