Sourav Ganguly explained why India has never hosted the Under-19 World Cup.© BCCI
Team India will be looking for a sixth U-19 World Cup win when it takes on Australia in the tournament’s summit clash on Sunday in Benoni, South Africa. India is the most successful team in the history of the tournament, having reached the final eight times before the current edition. India first won the U-19 World Cup in 2000 under the leadership of Mohammed Kaif, followed by four more triumphs in 2008, 2012, 2018 and 2022.
Despite having such a rich history in the event, India has never hosted the tournament.
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has shared his opinion on the reason for India’s absence from hosting the tournament.
Ganguly believes that there is no particular reason behind this as the idea of the tournament is to take cricket to different parts of the world.
“There is no particular reason for it (India will not host the U-19 World Cup). The other World Cups are played in India. What is wrong if this one is played in places where the senior World Cups are not held as often? “It’s a way to bring the game to other countries,” Ganguly said. RevSportz.
There is another perception that the BCCI is not organizing the tournament because it does not generate enough revenue.
Breaking the myth, Ganguly said: “You can say it is a loss-making tournament. Most of the World Cups in which the senior men’s national teams do not participate are non-profit. But that is not the reason why The U-19 World Cup has not been played in India.” “And I think it will be held in India,” he added.
Malaysia (2008) and the United Arab Emirates (2014) are associate members of the ICC and will host it once each, while the next edition will be co-hosted by Zimbabwe and Namibia in 2026.
Few careers will have wings to fly while others will fade into oblivion, but on Sunday, all those lively Indian 18 and 19-year-olds will leave no stone unturned to win a record sixth ICC Under-19 World Cup title. .
India U-19 had beaten Australia in the 2012 and 2018 finals, and will again be favorites during this edition’s title match.
(With PTI inputs)
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