Afghanistan U-19 squad suffers cancellation of warm up games due to Visa delays

All is not looking good for the Afghanistan Under-19 squad as their World Cup campaign has been halted due to visa delays. The team is yet to arrive in West Indies and the scheduled warm-up games stand canceled. Afghanistan’s warm-up games were against England and UAE on January 10 and 12 at St Kitts & Nevis and St Paul’s, respectively.

Afghanistan is placed in Group C along with Pakistan, Zimbabwe, and Papua New Guinea. The team is going to play its first match against Zimbabwe on January 16 followed by matches against Papua New Guinea and Pakistan on January 18 and 20, respectively.

The ICC Head of Events Chris Tetley confirmed in an official release that they are having a conversation with Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) and other stakeholders regarding this issue. The ICC is expected to resolve this issue in the next few days. The warm-up matches have also been rescheduled so that the team which is already in West Indies can prepare for the upcoming tournament.

The Under-19 World Cup is scheduled to start from January 14 and will go on till February 5. The tournament contains 16 teams divided into four groups. The top two teams from each group will qualify for the Super League knockouts. The remaining teams will play in the Plate competition for positions nine to 16, and this will run simultaneously with the main tournament. Bangladesh won the last edition of the tournament after defeating India by three wickets.