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Under-19 Cricket World Cup: UAE’s eight venues stage warm-up ties

Dubai: Eight cricket grounds in the UAE will be the stage for International Cricket Council (ICC) Under-19 Cricket World Cup warm-up matches on Monday.

With all the teams for the under-19 World Cup having arrived, excitement for the event has reached his peak.

All the squads trained hard under the watchful eyes of their coaches.

The Australian team trained at the Abu Dhabi Oval 1 prior to their warm-up match against Zimbabwe in the presence of the legendary batsman Greg Chappell, who is the manager of the team.

Graeme Hick, who is the coach of the Australian team, said: “We are happy with the preparations and our boys are ready for the challenge.”

He also remarked that the tour to Sri Lanka before arriving in UAE was very useful for the players.

At Abu Dhabi’s Oval two grounds, South Africa will meet Namibia, while the Zayed Cricket Stadium will host the match between defending champions India and Sri Lanka.

The Dubai’s ICC Academy Oval grounds will also be staging two matches.

Meanwhile, England meet Scotland at Oval ground 1 and West Indies take on Afghanistan at Oval ground 2.

The Emirates airline’s Sevens grounds will be the venue for the Pakistan-UAE match, while in the next ground Papua New Guinea will meet Bangladesh.

The Indian team has arrived here after training at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore and a short boot camp in the picturesque Wayanad district in Kerala.

In 2012, the under-19 team had gone for a similar boot camp into the Nagarhole jungles in Karnataka.

B. Arun, the coach of the Indian team, said they had been involved in various team-building exercises.

“We have been together for over a year,” said Arun, who coached the 2012 team to victory in the Under-19 World Cup and also guided the team to an Under-19 Asian Cup triumph in the UAE last month. “We’re going to enjoy playing together, being together, doing things together and we’re going to carry this to the field and that was the focus of the camp.”