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Features and Specials,26 January 2016

Stars in their eyes, young guns embark on journey of hope


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1988: The first step

Future stars in abundance, with Australia the winner in inaugural ICC U-19 World Cup

1988: The first step - Cricket News
Jimmy Adams of the West Indies was one of the many future stars coming out of the tournament.
Known as the Youth World Cup, the inaugural Under-19 World Cup was the brainchild of Australian Cricket Board General Manager Graham Halbish. It featured the seven Test-playing sides of the time and a side drawn from six ICC Associate Member countries (Bangladesh, Bermuda, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands and Zimbabwe).
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).
However, the exploits of Australian opening batsman Brett Williams overshadowed all the big names of the future. Williams topped the tournament run-aggregate with 471 runs in nine matches. He would go on to play only four first-class matches for South Australia.
The tournament was hailed as a success, but there was no repeat of the Under-19 World Cup until ten years later.

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