ICC U19 World Cup, Nepal U19

Preview: Nepal U19 vs New Zealand U19

After missing out on the 2020 and 2022 editions, Nepal is finally back in the 2024 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup. The Nepalese team produced a miraculous win against UAE U19 in the final to qualify for the U19 World Cup 2024.

The U19 World Cup 2024 commenced in South Africa on January 19 and is scheduled to run until February 11. Nepal is placed in Group D alongside Pakistan, New Zealand and Afghanistan. They will start the campaign with a match against New Zealand U19 on January 21.

Nepal U19 vs New Zealand U19 details:

Date: January 21 (Sunday). 
Venue: Buffalo ParkEast London, South Africa
Time: 1:45 PM (NST)
Live coverage: ICC.tv
Live score: You can cover the live score at cricnepal.com

Head to Head in World Cup:

Nepal – 2, New Zealand – 0

Nepal has emerged victorious in both meets against New Zealand in U19 World Cup. Basanta Regmi’s heroic helped Nepal stun the Kiwis by one wicket in the plate final of 2006 edition.

In 2016, the Nepalese side defeated them by 32 runs in an interesting match. Rachin Ravindra, Glenn Phillips and Finn Allen were top-order batters of that Kiwi side.

Nepal Under-19s coach ‎Jagat Bahadur Tamata worked hard on the side's fielding, evident in the three run-outs against New Zealand Under-19s  •  BCB

What to expect?

We can expect a close contest between Nepal U19 and New Zealand U19. The Nepalese team arrived in South Africa on January 6th, hence they had enough time to adjust themselves to new conditions. Moreover, they played a few practice matches before the official warmup matches.

Nepal has a good record against the Kiwis in the mega event hence they will look to continue a good record. Meanwhile, Balackcaps will do their best to end the curse against Nepal.

What happened in warm-up matches?

Nepal played against Scotland and West Indies in the warmup matches, so did New Zealand. Nepal defeated Scotland whilst their match against West Indies was washed out due to rain. Meanwhile, Kiwis were defeated by the Windies side and emerged victorious against Scotland.

Weather report:

As per Google’s weather report, there is a 0% chance of the match being interrupted due to rain. The average temperature will be 28°C. The humidity is around 71% and wind flow of 24km/h.

Nepal’s other fixtures:

vs Pakistan – (January 24) in East London

vs Afghanistan – (January 26) in East London


Nepal’s squad: Dev Khanal (c), Dipesh Kandel, Gulshan Jha, Durgesh Gupta, Subash Bhandari, Aakash Tripathi, Arjun Kumal, Deepak Bohara, Uttam Thapa Magar (wk), Dipak Dumre, Aakash Chand, Bishal KC, Tilak Raj Bhandari, Bipin Rawal (wk), Dipak Bohara

New Zealand’s squad: Oscar Jackson (captain), Tom Jones, Zac Cumming, Alex Thomson, Ben Breitmeyer, Sam Clode, Rahman Hekmat, Josh Olliver, Cameron Paul, Snehith Reddy, Ewald Schreuder, Lachie Stackpole, Ollie Tewatiya, Ryan Tsourgas.