Future stars in abundance, with Australia the winner in inaugural ICC U-19 World Cup
The tournament was staged in February and March, with the initial rounds taking place in rural Australia and the semi-finals and final held at the Adelaide Oval.
Played on a round robin basis, the top four sides - Australia, West Indies, Pakistan and England - qualified for the semi-finals. During the group stages, teams didn’t have the luxury of staying in hotels, with players paired off and put up with local families to help cut costs.
Australia won the event losing just one match throughout, to Pakistan, after it had already qualified for the semi-final. Australia got its revenge however, beating Pakistan in the final.
The tournament boasted a galaxy of future stars including future Test captains Brian Lara and Jimmy Adams (West Indies), Michael Atherton and Nasser Hussain (England) and Inzamam-ul-Haq (Pakistan) as well as Mushtaq Ahmed (Pakistan) and Chris Cairns (New Zealand).
The tournament was hailed as a success, but there was no repeat of the Under-19 World Cup until ten years later.