To represent one's country at a world-level tournament is any budding teenage cricketer's dream, but to take part in two editions before turning 19 is a remarkable accomplishment reserved for a select band who display talent beyond their years.
Host country Bangladesh's Mehidy Hassan Miraz will have the rare distinction of captaining his nation in two editions. Mehidy, who celebrated his 18th birthday in October last, had not turned 16 when he led Bangladesh in the UAE in 2014.
Besides Mehidy, the hosts have four other players with previous experience of having taken part in the sport's premier age-group tournament. They are Najmul Hossain, Joyraj Sheik, Zakir Hasan and Saeed Sarker.
Defending champions South Africa, England, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe will take the field with a fresh set of cricketers, but most of the other teams have players with previous experience in the tournament.
Three-time former champions India has in its ranks Sarfaraz Khan, Ricky Bhui and Avesh Khan, who helped their team finish fifth in the UAE.
Sarfaraz, one of India's brightest young batsmen who turns out for Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League, insisted he had an unfinished business at hand in Bangladesh.

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