Zimbabwe to host ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2026

Fungayi Munyoro-Chingaira

HARARE -Zimbabwe will host the ICC Under-19 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2026 together with neighbours Namibia, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced. The ICC said the hosts were selected via a competitive bidding process overseen by a board sub-committee chaired by Martin Snedden.

Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC)Chairperson Tavengwa Mukuhlani was delighted with the development.

“We are absolutely thrilled and honoured that the 2026 edition of the Under-19 Men’s Cricket World Cup is coming to Zimbabwe. This is not only good for the growth of the game in our country, but also a great opportunity to cement our status as one of the world’s best cricket team. Come 2026, we will be ready to deliver an amazing performance,” he said.

Apart from Zimbabwe and Namibia co-hosting the ICC Under-19 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2026, the ICC also announced the 2024 edition will be staged in Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile Zimbabwe all-rounder Sikandar Raza Butt has been named in the Upstox Most Valuable Team of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 following his brilliant show with both bat and ball at the just ended tournament in Australia.

The veteran 36 -year-old all-rounder had a memorable 2022 across formats for Zimbabwe. The team of the tournament was announced after England defeated Pakistan in the final played in Melbourne on Sunday to lift the trophy.

Although Zimbabwe bowed out at the Super 12 stage, Raza had done enough with both bat and ball to earn a place among the competition’s most outstanding players. He finished with 219 runs and 10 wickets.

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