Scotland, who narrowly missed out on direct qualification for the ICC U19 Men’s World Cup, have been handed a second chance to take part in the competition following New Zealand’s withdrawal due to Covid-19 restrictions.
The tournament, which will be hosted by the West Indies, see the future stars of the game from 16 countries competing in 48 matches across four host countries – Antigua & Barbuda, Guyana, St Kitts & Nevis, and Trinidad & Tobago – between 14 January and 5 February.
Scotland, who were beaten to the final qualifying spot by Ireland in the European regional qualifying event in September, will play in Group D with the host nation, Australia and Sri Lanka.
“Obviously, it’s not the way we would have wanted to be included in the competition,” said Scotland Lead Coach Gordon Drummond. “But it’s a great opportunity for our young cricketers to gain more experience of international cricket and challenge themselves against the best players in the world at their stage.
“We know these tournaments are hugely valuable in the development of our young cricketers. After the disappointment of the qualifiers, I know the group are determined to be as competitive in the tournament and cause some upsets along the way.”
The format sees the top top two teams from each of the four groups advance to the Super League will the remaining teams feature in a Plate competition.
Scotland will be in action on the first day of the competition taking on Sri Lanka in Guyana.