By CricketCountry Staff
Brisbane: Feb 21, 2012
The ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup is all set to be staged in Queensland, Australia in Brisbane, Townsville and the Sunshine Coast from August 11-26, 2012.
Former Under-19 players like Virat Kohli, Angelo Mathews ( Sri Lanka), Ryan Harris and David Warner (Australia) made their presence felt at the event that was launched at the Gabba on Monday.
India’s rising star Virat Kohli stressed on the importance of how an event like this can help a young cricketer in more ways than one. Kohli quickly recalled his Under-19 days when he led his team to the U-19 World Cup triumph in 2008, at Malaysia.
The fact that Kohli is a now well-established player in the Indian team and also a future captaincy material proves just how much the Under-19 World Cup can help budding cricketers and make the world sit up and take notice.
"For me it feels special to be now playing alongside those who were my heroes four years ago. It's a dream come true," Kohli told Times of India. "It's a wonderful exposure and a great learning curve. Since the event is also covered live on television, it helps put the youngsters in the spotlight. It happened to us and our performances were noticed," added Kohli.