Since being launched as an eight-team event back in 1988 by the Australian Cricket Board (ACB), the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup has come a long way.
The tournament was not staged after its first edition in 1988 till 1998 and since then has been organised by the ICC as a biennial event. The number of competing teams in the tournament has increased from eight in 1988 to the present 16 giving an opportunity for a number of associate and affiliate teams to showcase its talent.
In all the tournament has been staged nine times, with Australia (1988, 2012), New Zealand (2002, 2010) and Sri Lanka (2000, 2006) hosting it twice, South Africa staged the event in 1998, Bangladesh (2004) and Malaysia (2008) have hosted the event once each.
As host, Australia won the inaugural edition of the tournament and since then has won the 2002 and 2010 titles as well. India won the 2000 edition beating host Sri Lanka, it also beat South Africa to claim the 2008 edition and then trounced host Australia to win the 2012 edition.
Pakistan is the only team to have defended its title successfully, by winning in 2004 (beating West Indies) and in 2006 (beating India). England is the only other team that has won the tournament, in 1998.
A number of future Test captains including Sanath Jayasuriya, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Graeme Smith, Tatenda Taibu, Nasser Hussain, Jimmy Adams, Brian Lara have featured in the tournament.
Also featuring in the tournament over the years have been other current stars like Graeme Swann, Yuvraj Singh, Upul Tharanga, Cameron White, Virat Kohli, Ian Bell, Wayne Parnell, Tim Southee, Piyush Chawla and Ahmad Shehzad.
Some of the stars to have played in ICC U19 CWC
Australia -Michael Clarke, Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Johnson, Shane Watson, Cameron White, James Hopes, Marcus North, Nathan Hauritz, David Warner, Ed Cowan, Shaun Marsh, Daniel Christian, Xavier Doherty, Stefan O'Keefe, Tim Paine, Phillip Hughes, James Pattinson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Marsh, James Pattinson
Bangladesh - Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal, Rubel Hossain
England -Owais Shah, Graeme Swann, Ravi Bopara, Ian Bell, Alastair Cook, Eoin Morgan, Jonathan Trott, Craig Kieswetter, Tim Bresnan, Samit Patel, Steven Finn
India - Virender Sehwag, Mohammad Kaif, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik, Irfan Pathan, RP Singh, VRV Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli
New Zealand- Kyle Mills, Brendan McCullum, Ross Taylor, Martin Guptill, Nathan McCullum, Jesse Ryder, Tim Southee, Bradley-John Watling, Doug Bracewell
Pakistan -Abdul Razzaq, Hasan Raza, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, Azhar Ali, Taufeeq Umar, Shoaib Malik, Faisal Iqbal, Yasir Arafat, Mohammad Sami, Junaid Khan
South Africa -Hashim Amla, Graeme Smith, Johan Botha, Jacques Rudolph, Albie Morkel, Imran Tahir, Vernon Philander
Sri Lanka -Dilhara Fernando, Chamara Silva, Prasanna Jayawardena, Jehan Mubarak, Upul Tharanga, Dammika Prasad, Angelo Mathews, Farveez Maharoof, Dinesh Chandimal, Thisara Perera
West Indies -Chris Gayle, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Marlon Samuels, Keiron Pollard, Kemar Roach, Darren Bravo, Kirk Edwards, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy, Lendl Simmons
Zimbabwe -Brendan Taylor, Hamilton Mazakadza, Prosper Utseya, Graeme Cremer and Sean Williams
Some of the other stars to have played in ICC U19 CWC
Stuart Law (Australia), Aminul Islam, Mashrafe Mortaza (both Bangladesh) Nasser Hussain, Michael Atherton, Mark Ramprakash (all England), Narendra Hirwani, Nayan Mongia (both India), Lee Germon (New Zealand), Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mushtaq Ahmed, Basit Ali (all Pakistan), Sanath Jayasuriya, Romesh Kaluwitharana (both Sri Lanka) and Brian Lara, Jimmy Adams, Ridley Jacobs,Darren Ganga, Ryan Hinds (West Indies); Tatenda Taibu (Zimbabwe).