Christchurch, Jan 12 (CNMSPORTS) Considered as the stepping stone to the big league, the 12th edition of the ICC Under-19 World Cup will witness 16 teams, including the Rahul Dravid-coached Indian colts in action, starting in New Zealand from Saturday.
The opening day of the 22-day tournament will witness four matches, including those featuring defending champions the West Indies and two-time champions Pakistan.
On Saturday, the Windies face New Zealand in a day-night fixture in Tauranga while Pakistan take on dark horses Afghanistan in Whangarei.
In other matches on the opening day to be played here, Bangladesh take on Namibia and Papua New Guinea play Zimbabwe.
From Virat Kohli to Steve Smith to Kane Williamson, most modern-day greats have learnt the ropes in the biennial event, which has gained significance with every passing edition.