KheloPakistan » Articles for 03.07.2012
The 9th youth World Cup will be held in Australia from the 11th-26th August 2012. The format is the standard one which has been used for this competition for some time with 4 initial groups of 4 teams followed by the knock outs starting with quarter finals, semi finals & a final. Specific matches are televised, including the ones from the semi final stage onwards. There is also 3rd & 4th place play offs & 5th & 6th place play offs once a side has been eliminated. Over the years many players have represented their countries at the under-19 level that have gone on to make their name at the very top level. Examples include Mushtaq Ahmed, Inzamam ul Haq, Owais Shah, Graeme Swann, Mohammad Kaif, Yuvraj Singh, Virat Kohli, and Hashim Amla to name a few who have made the transition. From the previous tourney names such as Mitchell Marsh, Ben Stokes, Hammad Azam, Danny Briggs amongst others have gone on to be awarded international caps, although that has been restricted to limited over matches. Below are 7 players that are worth keeping a close eye on in the forthcoming youth world cup.
On the men's side ,the first match at centre court was scheduled to take place between the sixteen time major Champion Roger Federer and the veteran Xavier Malisse. In the first set when the score was 4-3 in Federer's favour with Malisse serving, Roger, to the utmost shock of everyone, took a medical time-out because of a back-problem.When play resumed in extreme windy conditions, Malisse managed to break Federer and was serving for the set at 6-5.But he failed to hold on to his serve and eventually ended up losing the first set on tie-break.Federer completely dominated in the second set and took it away 6-1. Xavier again got going in the third set and captured it 6-4. Malisse continued his form early in the fourth set but then simply lost it and got broken twice to lose the fourth set 6-3 and the match with a score of 7-6(1) 6-1 4-6 6-3.