Dubai, August 30:

Sixteen teams will compete in the under-19 cricket World Cup to be played in Sri Lanka from February 5-19 next year. The ICC announced this after a two-day chief executive committee meeting. On the issue of including cricket in 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, the CEC has referred a proposal from the Indian organisers to the ICC Board for further consideration at its meeting in October.

The Indian organisers are keen to organise competition in at least the Twenty20 version of the game. An ICC statement said progress towards a revised schedule for international cricket took a step forward during the meeting. “A special scheduling summit was followed by a meeting of the CEC which enabled all of the ICC full member countries and associate member representatives to consider the implications of a move from a five-year programme to a six-year cycle of international cricket,” ICC said.

ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed said that the gathering of all those responsible for the scheduling of international cricket was critical to the effective completion of this complex task.