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Things are back to normal - England lost the match against Sri Lanka by 7 wickets.
I think its going to be between India and Pakistan again this Under 19 World Cup.
Australia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, England,West Indies, NZ and SA are probably a few notches below them...
These are the rank according to their recent performance:
The cup winner should be whithin the top three.
New Zealand not ranked? ITSTL.
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NZ were seeded 9th on the back of past performances. These were ICC ranking going into the World Cup draw.
6. Sri Lanka
7. West Indies
9. New Zealand
10. South Africa
I think at U-19 level apart from the top 2 teams who are really at a level above the rest, the rest are about the same ie on any day , team 9 can beat Team 3.
Also NZ is too far lowly ranked in this and NZ U-19 can easily beat Team 3-10 on any day at their best.
Though Bangladesh won the one day series against below teams recently:
Against Pakistan and SA in away series
Agianst Srilanka, Nepal and WI in home series
But they were beaten by India heavily (though they have two close matches against the same team) in the final of a tri-series and the experience and age level is very low of this team. Only few of them have first class experiences.
On other hand, Pakistan is very experienced side (along with India, who should be at the number one). Most of their players have First class experience. They r talented but inconsistent. One of their openning batsman is playing for the national side right now!!
Nothing to speak of India, they r beating every side very easily. The only two hardles they might get are against Pakistan and Bangladesh. Most of their players r very compact and have decent record on their first class carrier. They have a coach like Dav Whatmore and atleast 10 quality players who can turn the match for them.
Again, its funny to predict at this level, any thing can happen. I think one of our member Chaminda, has good knowledge on those teams and his comments r more correct than most of others.
I dont think Aus have any chance in this WC at Malay condition.
Nepal is a bit more strong this time than the previous one. They can beat atleast 3 of the top ten side on average matches. ICC's ranking wast fare.
SA and WI have few wonderfully talented players, but they havent played a lot of matches as a team as others did. Still, the strengths of their sides r not better than Ind, Pak, Ban or Srilanka.
Newzealand and England is better team than last one, but its true that they have no chance of winning this WC.
Last edited by luvaus; 28-01-2008 at 03:58 PM.
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