The Wai Wai U-19 National Cricket Tournament is beginning here from Friday. The nine-day tournament will serve as selection event for the ACC U-19 Asia Cup to be held in the United Arab Emirates from December 26 to January 4.
The nine-day tournament will see the debut in age group cricket from the newly-recognized Region No 9 (Mahendranagar). Mahendrangar made their debut in the domestic cricket last month through the Pepsi Standard Chartered National Twenty20 Cricket Tournament.
Mahendrangar have been drawn in Group ‘A’ alongside Region No 1 (Biratnagar), Region No 2 (Birgunj), Region No 3 (Kathmandu) and Region No 6 (Baitadi). Group ‘B’ consists of Region No 4 (Bhairahawa), Region No 5 (Nepalgunj), Region No 7 (Janakpur) and Region No 8 (Pokhara).
Janakpur will meet Pokhara in the tournament opener at the Pulchowk Engineering College grounds on Friday. Biratanagar had won the previous edition held in Pokhara.
Along with Pulchowk, Sainik Awasiya Mahahvidhyalaya grounds of Bhaktapur and TU Stadium are sharing the matches. The top two finishers from each group will make it to the semi-finals.