-  Tuesday 19 January 2021

Youth World Cup kicks off

COLOMBO, Feb 5 - The 58th anniversary of Independence for Sri Lanka brought another fete for the country as it became the first nation to host three important ICC events in the last six years as the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup 2006 was officially inaugurated today amid a function at the Taj Samudra Hotel in Colombo.
This is the second time the city of Colombo is hosting the tournament as the third edition in 2000 was held here. Thus, Sri Lanka became the first country to host the tournament twice.

ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed, Sri Lankan Minister for Sports Jeevan Kumaratunga and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) president Jayanta Dharmadasa along with all the captains of the 16 participating teams took to the podium led by a dancing troop reflecting traditional Sri Lankan culture.

The skippers also lit an oil fed lamp one by one after ICC CEO Malcolm Speed passed the flame to them. Match referees Allan Hurst and Roshan Mahanama were also present at the podium. 

The most exciting part of the evening was the unveiling of the trophy. The trophy,  for which all the team will fight in the next 15 days, arrived laden on an elephant back and was handed over to Speed.

The Nepali contingent felt proud when the ICC CEO reminded all the guests of Nepal's achievement of beating South Africa in the 2004 U-19 World Cup. "We are glad to see the increasing interest in  the U-19 World Cup from the media," said Speed terming the event as a very important one in the ICC Calendar.

"This is the ground where future stars of world cricket undergo an acid test to prove their abilities and try to break in the international cricket arena," said Speed wishing all the best of luck.

Sri Lankan Minister for Sports Jeevan Kumaratunga thanked ICC for the trust in Sri Lankan cricket.

On behalf of  SLC, secretary Anil Hasim thanked all the dignitaries and ICC for granting an opportunity to host the tournament.

All the team members and ICC officials, SLC staff were also thanked for their hard work.

Colombo calling

Doping test

All the teams participating in the U-19 World Cup will have to undergo doping test. Manager of the Nepali team TB Shah said that urine samples of three players of each team will be collected in a random basis during every match.

Nepali skipper Kanishka Chaugai and manager TB Shah attended the managers' meeting this morning. "The meeting discussed things regarding the doping test and anticorruption regulations along with the playing conditions," said Shah.

Wet Colombo 

As the World Cup kicks off from Sunday, Colombo suddenly received a heavy rain throughout the day today. Locals say this is the first time in more than a decade, it has rained in Colombo in the month of February.

However, the teams found the rain rather pleasing. Although the unseasonal rain might have given some relief, they are certain to see hotter Colombo in the few days as the rain is expected to make way for sunny days.


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