Ahead Of India vs Australia Final Sourav Ganguly Shares Details Of U-19 World Cup, "It's A Loss-Making Tournament"

As team India take on Australia in the tournament's summit clash on Sunday in Benoni, South Africa they will be eyeing a sixth U-19 World Cup triumph. India are the most successful side in the history of the tournament, having reached the final on eight occasions prior to the ongoing edition. India first won the U-19 World Cup in 2000 under the leadership of Mohammed Kaif, followed by four more triumphs in 2008, 2012, 2018 and 2022.

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has shared his views on the reason behind India's absence, when it comes to hosting the tournament.

Ganguly told, "There is no particular reason to it (India not hosting the U-19 World Cup). The other World Cups are played in India. What's wrong if this one is played in places where the senior World Cups don't take place that often? It's one way of taking the game to other countries."

Bursting the myth, Ganguly said: "You can say it's a loss-making tournament. Most World Cups not featuring the senior men's teams are non-profit. But that's not the reason the U-19 World Cup hasn't been played in India. And I think it's going to be held in India.”

Feb 10, 2024 12:17 PM