The 11th edition of the tournament will be played across four cities in Bangladesh from January 27 to February 14 and features nine Test-playing nations and seven Associate and Affiliate Members – Afghanistan, Canada, Fiji, Namibia, Nepal, Ireland and Scotland.

Dravid, a veteran of 164 Tests and 344 one-day internationals with more than 10,000 runs in both forms, lauded the tournament even though he himself never participated in one. He was 15 when the inaugural event was held in 1988 and had already become a Test cricketer when it was next played in 1998.

"It is a great opportunity for young players to be able to get exposure to the demands of international cricket," said Dravid, who will coach the India side at the tournament.

"The event provides an opportunity to grow and learn, meet cricketers from other countries who you may go on to play against at the senior level for many years,” he added.

"Touring at a young age exposes you to the outside world and helps you explore and understand various cultures. That will go a long way in the development of a cricketer," the former cricketer cited.

Former England captain Atherton, now one of the most respected cricket commentators and writers, played in the first edition in Australia in 1988 alongside the likes of team-mate Nasser Hussain, West Indies great Brian Lara, Pakistan’s Inzamam-ul-Haq and Sanath Jayasuriya of Sri Lanka.

"It is a fantastic competition and a wonderful opportunity for the best young players around the world to test themselves against the best of their age-group," said Atherton, who went on to play 115 Tests and 54 one-day internationals for England.

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