Dec 8, 2015

Nepal will prepare for their ICC Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh with official warm-up matches against Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced in its website on Monday.

Nepal are pitted in Group D against India, Australia and New Zealand in the January 27-February 14 tournament. Before going into their Group of Death games, Nepal will know what to expect in the tournament when they play Pakistan on January 23 and Sri Lanka, both Test-playing nations like their opponents in their pool. The warm-up games will be an opportunity for Nepal to prepare themselves better for the tournament proper.

Nepal will open their World Cup campaign with a game against New Zealand and play Australia the very next day before completing their group campaign with a match against India on February 1.

The 16 teams have been divided into four groups of four each, with the top two from each group advancing to the Super League stage and the bottom two to feature in the Plate Championship.

Apart from the 10 Test-playing countries, six Associate and Affiliate members including Nepal, Afghanistan, Canada, Fiji, Namibia and Scotland have made it to the Finals from their respective regional qualifying tournaments.