Mumbai: India will defend its Under-19 World Cup title under the leadership of Vijay Zol, who recently led the side to junior Asia Cup victory. Zol will lead the 15-member squad which also includes star performers Sanju Samson and Kuldeep Yadav.
The ICC Under-19 World Cup is scheduled to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in February. The three-time champions, India have been clubbed with Pakistan, Scotland and Papua New Guinea in Group A. India will open their campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan on February 15 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. India have previously won the U-19 World Cup title in 2000, 2008 and 2012.
Last week, 19-year-old Zol had scored an unbeaten 91 to help Maharashtra chase down a 252-run target and beat champions Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy quarter-finals.
Squad: Vijay Zol (C), Akhil Herwadkar, Ankush Bains, Ricky Bhui, Sanju Vishwanadh Samson, Shreyas Iyer, Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Kuldeep Yadav, Amir Gani, Karan Kaila, CV Milind, Avesh Khan, Monu Kumar Singh and Atit Seth.
Team Management: B. Arun (Coach), R Sridhar (Assistant Coach), Biju George (Fielding), Sreenivas PR (Physio), Anant Date (Trainer), Ashutosh Dandige (Video Analyst) and RI Palani (Manager).