India U-19 captain Prithvi Shaw, on Sunday, said that the goal for his team was to return home with the World Cup Trophy. The World Cup will be played in New Zealand across seven venues in the cities of Christchurch, Queenstown, Tauranga, and Whangarei starting on January 13.
India has reached the finals of the U-19 World Cup five times in the history of the tournament and
"We've been here a week now, played a couple of games. Everything has gone well, the preparation of the team has been good. Our goal is obviously to win the World Cup but at the same time we are looking forward to our first game (against Australia on January 13), and let's see how the process goes." PTI reported Shaw saying.
The ICC U-19 World Cup officially got underway at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch with an impressive ceremony showcasing New Zealand's culture. The ceremony was attended by representatives of all the 16 participating teams, Christchurch Councillor Aaron Keown, as well as New Zealand Cricket President Debbie Hockley, who, on behalf of the ICC and NZC, welcomed the teams to the tournament.
The seven venues hosting the matches are Hagley Oval, Rangiora Oval, Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln No. 3, John Davies Oval, Bay Oval and Cobham Oval. The final will be played on February 3 at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui in Tauranga.