Malaysia will become the first Associate Member country to host the ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup when it stages the sport's biggest junior tournament in February 2008. As well as awarding the 2008 event to Malaysia in its meeting in Dubai on 30 April, the ICC Board also handed the right to host the 2010 event to Kenya, the 2012 event to Canada and 2014 to United Arab Emirates.

'We are delighted to be able to spread our top junior cricket event around the emerging cricket world,' said ICC President Ehsan Mani.

'The ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup has a rich history of showcasing the stars of the future from West Indies captain Brian Lara in 1988 to India's Piyush Chawla in 2006 and it is very exciting that the next four events will all take place in Associate Member countries. Malaysia has a proven track record of staging international cricket events. It successfully staged cricket during the 1998 Commonwealth Games and has previously hosted the ICC Trophy and the ICC World Cup Qualifying Series Division Two.'

'Kenya has also hosted an ICC Trophy and has extensive experience of hosting events involving Full Members including the ICC Knock-out in 2000. Canada will also be an able host having staged a successful ICC Trophy in 2001 while United Arab Emirates will have three magnificent stadiums in place by 2014 as well as the facilities of the ICC Global Cricket Academy. All four members have sufficient grounds and turf pitches and these events will provide impetus for the continued growth of the sport in these four geographically spread countries.'