February 11, 2019
Malaysia to mix it with the best for Under-19 World Cup qualifying slot
Malaysia will meet the United Arab Emirates in the opening match of the ICC Under-19 World Cup Asia Division 1 qualifiers at the Kinrara Oval on April 12.
In the fixtures released by the International Cricket Council for the six-team tournament, Malaysia will also face Oman (Apr 13), Nepal (Apr 15), Kuwait (Apr 16) and Singapore (Apr 18).
The winners of this round-robin tournament will claim the single qualifying berth to the Under-19 World Cup in South Africa in January and February 2020.
Kuwait and Oman qualified from the Asia Division Two qualifying tournament in Bangkok last December. The final between Kuwait and Oman ended in a tie.
Besides Kinrara, matches will also be held at the Bayuemas Oval in Klang and at the UKM Oval in Bangi.
Malaysia appeared at the Under-19 World Cup once when the country hosted the 2008 edition, claiming a famous 70-run win over Zimbabwe in the group stage.
The national Under-19 squad returned from a tour of India last month where they gained valuable practice and experience after playing several state sides in the 32nd Rajiv Gandhi Under-19 Twenty20 Championship in Hyderabad, Telangana.
Prior to leaving for India, the Under-19 team defeated Colombo University of Sri Lanka by five runs and 25 runs in two 50-over matches at the Kinrara Oval.
The squad, trained by national coach Sampath Perera, also won a four-match series against the visiting Saudi Arabia team 3-1 in early December.