India U-19 to play cricket series in Australia next month

Last Updated: May 24, 2013, 12:17 PM IST

Melbourne: India`s under-19 cricket team will play a triangular series against Australia and New Zealand starting June 30 in Darwin.

"Cricket Australia today announced more international cricket will be heading to the Top End, with the Northern Territory set to host an Under-19 International Series between Australia, India and New Zealand, beginning June 30," CA said in a statement.

Marrara Oval, Gardens Oval and Tracy Village will be host venues for the competing teams in the series, which also includes friendly matches against Papua New Guinea.

India will take on Papua New Guinea in their opening match on June 30 before playing Australia on July 2.

CA`s Executive General Manager Team Performance Pat Howard said the series presented a great opportunity to prepare for next year`s Under-19 ICC Cricket World Cup, with the best Australian, Indian and New Zealand underage players on show.

"We are excited about this tournament, which allows us to continue to bring international cricket to the Northern Territory," he said.

Papua New Guinea has come on board as a friendly team in the series in the build up to their qualification tournament, which will be held on the Sunshine Coast in July, for the next year`s Under-19 ICC Cricket World Cup.

The series will conclude on July 12.