The likes of India captain Prithvi Shaw, team mate Shubham Gill, Australia captain Jason Sangha, Pakistan pacer Shaheen Afridi, Afghanistan batting sensation Baheer Shah, they all go into the event after making a mark on the domestic circuit back home.
The ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2018 is set to be the most widely available edition in history thanks to expanded digital syndication of live coverage.
The world cup is being played in Pakistan and India but the match between two arch-rival teams moved to a neutral location after Indian government refused to send its team to Pakistan.
The U-19 event is no longer "just another junior tournament", as it grabs serious number of eyeballs. Zafar Iqbal took 2 wickets for 27 runs and Haroon Khan claimed 1 wicket for 46 runs.
The 16 teams have been divided into four groups of four teams each.
"The aim is the same as that of any cricketing nation - this dream of winning the World Cup".
Along side India and Australia, Papua New Guinea and Zimbabwe are also part of the Group B while Group A consists of Kenya, New Zealand, South Africa and the West Indies. The tournament starts on January 13 and the final will be played at Bay Oval in Tauranga on February 3.
The captains of the teams coming through the qualifiers are looking forward to the tournament, which is a stepping stone in the development of all participants - players and match officials. Skipper Ajay Reddy scored nine runs and Prakash Jayaramiah scored 76. Rishabh Pant attained recognition in last year's edition.