Afghanistan Under-19 and USA Under-19 are set to go head-to-head in the 16th place play-off match of the ICC Men’s U-19 World Cup. The 50-over clash will be hosted at the Willowmoore Park in Benoni on January 31.
Both teams are already out of the main competition as they failed to secure a place in the Super Six round. Afghanistan were placed in Group C alongside Pakistan, New Zealand and Nepal. The Afghan boy began the campaign with a 181-run loss to Pakistan before suffering a one-wicket defeat against New Zealand.
Afghanistan would have been able to reach the next stage if they could have overcome Nepal in the final group league match. It turned out to be a gripping encounter where Nepal had the last laugh by registering a narrow one-wicket victory.
Meanwhile, the USA finished at the bottom of Group A, where India topped the table by winning all three fixtures. The USA U-19 endured a seven-wicket defeat at the hands of Ireland in the tournament opener. They faced a similar humiliation in the next game against Bangladesh before India thumped them in the last match to notch a dominant 201-run win.
Afghanistan Under-19 Full Squad: Naseer Khan (c), Numan Shah, Hassan Eisakhil, Wafiullah Tarakhil, Khalid Taniwal, Ali Ahmad Nasar, Jamshid Zadran, Sohail Khan Zurmati, Rahimullah Zurmati, Allah Mohammad, Arab Gul Momand, Faridoon Dawoodzai, Bashir Ahmad, Khalil Ahmad, Zahid Afghan. Reserves– Wahidullah Zadran, Nasir Hassan, Usman Shinwari.
USA Under-19 Full Squad: Amogh Arepally, Rayaan Bhagani, Aaryan Batra, Khush Bhalala, Prannav Chettipalayam, Arya Garg, Siddarth Kappa, Bhavya Mehta, Aarin Nadkarni, Manav Nayak, Parth Patel, Rishi Ramesh (c), Utkarsh Srivastava, Ateendra Subramanian, Aryaman Suri. Reserves– Arjun Mahesh, Ansh Rai, Aryan Satheesh.