The following sixteen teams will contest the World Cup, in order of seeding:
Papua New Guinea
The last under-19 World Cup in January 2000 was won by India, who defeated the host nation Sri Lanka by six wickets in the final. In the previous January 1998 World Cup in South Africa, England defeated New Zealand by seven wickets.
The Under 19 World Cup is a One-Day Cricket tournament. The ICC Playing Conditions for One-Day Internationals will apply. The opening ceremony will be held in Christchurch on 14 January and each side will play two warm-up practice against teams in other pools before the competition starts in earnest with the opening match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka on Saturday, 19 January. World Cup Tournament Director, Tim Murdoch, said planning was well in place for the event, which is expected to bring around 300 players and officials, as well as hundreds of spectators and media representatives to New Zealand.
The sixteen competing teams have been split into four pools as follows:
l India (holders), South Africa, Bangladesh, Canada, playing in Auckland
l Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Namibia, playing in Christchurch
l Pakistan, England, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, playing in Christchurch
l Australia, West Indies, Scotland, Kenya, playing in Dunedin
Each team then plays the other three teams in the pool. The top two teams from each pool move forward into the Super League. The Super League is contested by two pools of four teams each. At the end of Super League play, the top two teams in each pool go through to the finals. The bottom two teams from pool play move into the Plate Championship. The two Plate pools then play to determine the top two teams in each pool. These four teams go through to the Plate Finals series. The minimum number of games a team will play is six. To win the World Cup final a team will play eight matches.
The pool matches will be played in Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin. The Plate Championship pool play will be in Auckland, and the Super League pool play and the Finals series for both the World Cup and the Plate Championship will be played in Christchurch.