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Unlike their poor performing seniors who've just departed New Zealand after losing every completed game of their tour, West Indies under-19s arrive as defending world champions after beating three time winners India in the final of the 2016 tournament in Bangladesh.

India are clubbed with Australia, Zimbabwe and East Asia Pacific qualifier Papua New Guinea in Group B, an International Cricket Council (ICC) release stated on Thursday. A total of 16 teams slotted in four groups will engage in a sum of 48 ODIs between January 13 and February 3.

Sixteen teams will compete in the tournament, with the 10 test-tier nations joined by six qualifiers. The top two from each group will qualify for the quarterfinals.

This will be the 12th edition of the tournament and the third on New Zealand soil. The match was played at the Ujman Oval and the hosts were defeated by 7 wickets at the hands of the Indians.

Sharing a special message for the cricket fans in Twitter, the India Under-19 team's head coach Dravid said,"The under-19 team is very keen to show you their talent".

Pakistan have been one of the better sides in the U19 Cricket World Cup over the years. "We tried to get used to the New Zealand's environment and we are fully prepared", Tariq Stanikzai member of the national team said.

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