Under-19 Cricket World Cup

For the most recent tournament, see 2016 Under-19 Cricket World Cup.
ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup
Administrator International Cricket Council
Format 50 overs
First tournament 1988
Tournament format Round-robin
Number of teams 16
Current champion  West Indies (1st title)
Most successful  Australia (3 titles)
 India (3 titles)
Most runs Ireland Eoin Morgan (606)
Most wickets Australia Moises Henriques
Ireland Greg Thompson (27)

The ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup is an international cricket tournament contested by national under-19 teams. First contested in 1988, as the Youth World Cup, it was not staged again until 1998. Since then, the World Cup has been held as a biennial event, organised by the International Cricket Council (ICC). The first edition of the tournament had only eight participants, but every subsequent edition has included sixteen teams. Australia and India have both won the World Cup three times, while Pakistan have won twice and England, South Africa, and the West Indies once each. Two other teams – New Zealand and Sri Lanka – have made a tournament final without going on to win. In June 2016, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided that Indian players could only play in one under-19 tournament, regardless if they still meet the age criteria for another edition.[1]


Year Host(s) Final venue Result
Winner Margin Runner-up
1988  Australia Adelaide  Australia
202/5 (45.5 overs)
Australia won by 5 wickets
201 (49.3 overs)
1998  South Africa Johannesburg  England
242/3 (46 overs)
England won by 7 wickets
 New Zealand
241/6 (50 overs)
2000  Sri Lanka Colombo  India
180/4 (40.4 overs)
India won by 6 wickets
 Sri Lanka
178 (48.1 overs)
2002  New Zealand Lincoln  Australia
209/3 (45.1 overs)
Australia won by 7 wickets
 South Africa
206/9 (50 overs)
2004  Bangladesh Dhaka  Pakistan
230/9 (50 overs)
Pakistan won by 25 runs
 West Indies
205 (47.1 overs)
2006  Sri Lanka Colombo  Pakistan
109 (41.1 overs)
Pakistan won by 38 runs
71 (18.5 overs)
2008  Malaysia Puchong  India
159 (45.4 overs)
India won by 12 runs (D/L)
 South Africa
103/8 (25 overs)
2010  New Zealand Lincoln  Australia
207/9 (50 overs)
Australia won by 25 runs
182 (46.4 overs)
2012  Australia Townsville  India
227/4 (47.4 overs)
India won by 6 wickets
225/8 (50 overs)
2014  UAE Dubai  South Africa
134/4 (42.1 overs)
South Africa won by 6 wickets
131 (44.3 overs)
2016  Bangladesh Dhaka  West Indies
146/5 (49.3 overs)
West Indies won by 5 wickets
145 (45.1 overs)
2018  New Zealand to be determined
2020  South Africa to be determined
2022  West Indies to be determined


1988 (Winner: Australia)

The inaugural event was titled the McDonald's Bicentennial Youth World Cup, and was held in 1988 as part of the Australian Bicentenary celebrations. It took place in South Australia and Victoria. Teams from the seven Test-playing nations, as well as an ICC Associates XI, competed in a round-robin format. Australia lost only one match, their final round-robin game against Pakistan by which time they had qualified for the semis. They went on to beat Pakistan by five wickets in the final, thanks to an unbeaten hundred from Brett Williams. England and West Indies made up the last four, but India were the real disappointments. After opening with a good win against England, they suffered hefty defeats in four matches to be knocked out early. The tournament was notable for the number of future international players who competed. Future England captains Nasser Hussain and Mike Atherton played, as did Indian spinner Venkatapathy Raju, New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns, Pakistanis Mushtaq Ahmed and Inzamam-ul-Haq, Sri Lankan Sanath Jayasuriya, and West Indians Brian Lara, Ridley Jacobs, and Jimmy Adams. Australia's Brett Williams was the leading run-scorer, with 471 runs at an average of 52.33. Wayne Holdsworth from Australia and Mushtaq Ahmed were the leading wicket-takers, with 19 wickets at averages of 12.52 and 16.21 respectively.

1998 (Winner: England)

England were the unexpected winners of the second Under-19 World Cup in South Africa. In 1998, the event was relaunched in South Africa as a biennial tournament. The only previous tournament of its kind was held ten years earlier. In addition to the nine Test-playing nations, there were teams from Bangladesh, Kenya, Scotland, Ireland, Denmark, Namibia and Papua New Guinea. The teams were divided into four pools, named after Gavaskar, Sobers, Cowdrey and Bradman, and the top two sides from each progressed to two Super League pools, whose winners advanced to the final. In order to give everyone a decent amount of cricket, the non-qualifiers competed in a Plate League, won by Bangladesh, who beat West Indies in the final. West Indies failed to qualify for the Super League after a fiasco concerning the composition of their squad - they arrived with seven players who contravened the age restrictions for the tournament. The Super League, in which every game was covered live on South African satellite television, also threw up a number of shocks and tense finishes; both pools came down to net run-rate at the finish. England, from being down and almost out, beat Pakistan - who surprisingly lost all three of their games - but lost a rain-affected match to India. Australia had beaten India and Pakistan and were favourites to reach the final. Only a massive defeat by England could deny them: but that is precisely what they suffered. In front of a crowd of about 6,000 at Newlands, they were bowled out for 147. New Zealand joined England in the final, where a century from England's Stephen Peters won the day. Chris Gayle was the tournament's leading run-scorer, with 364 runs at an average of 72.80. West Indian Ramnaresh Sarwan and Zimbabwean Mluleki Nkala were the leading wicket-takers, with 16 wickets at 10.81 and 13.06 respectively.

2000 (Winner: India)

The 2000 tournament was held in Sri Lanka, and replicated the format from 1998. Participating nations included the nine Test-playing nations, as well as Bangladesh, Kenya, Ireland, Namibia, Holland, Nepal and a combined team from the Americas development region. To the disappointment of a large crowd at Colombo's SSC, Sri Lanka fell at the final hurdle in a final dominated by India. The winners remained unbeaten throughout, and destroyed Australia by 170 runs in the semi-final to underline their supremacy. In the other semi-final, Sri Lanka delighted a crowd of 5000 at Galle by beating Pakistan. The fact that three of the four semi-finalists were from Asia and so more attuned to the conditions was coincidental - they played the better cricket and, in Pakistan's case, had a very experienced squad. England, the defending champions, were most disappointing, and they won only one match against a Test-playing country, and that a last-ball victory over Zimbabwe. South Africa, one of the favourites, were desperately unlucky to be eliminated after three no-results gave them three points while Nepal, with four points courtesy of one win over Kenya, went through to the Super League instead. The format of the tournament was as in 1997-98, with four groups of four and then a Super League and final. Graeme Smith was the tournament's leading run-scorer, with 348 runs at an average of 87.00. Pakistan's Zahid Saeed was the leading wicket-taker, with 15 wickets at 7.60. India's Yuvraj Singh was named Man of the Series. India clinched the title for the first time under the captaincy of Mohammed Kaif.

2002 (Winner: Australia)

The fourth Under-19 World Cup held in New Zealand only confirmed Australia's dominance of the game, and from their opening match, when they obliterated Kenya by 430 runs, through to their comprehensive victory over South Africa in the final, they were never threatened. Participating nations included the ten Test-playing nations, plus Canada, Kenya, Namibia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, and Scotland. Their captain, Cameron White, was singled out for praise for his leadership, and he chipped in with 423 runs at 70.50. And they didn't rely on pace either, playing only two seamers and four slow bowlers, with Xavier Doherty, a slow left-armer, leading the wicket-takers with 16 at 9.50 and all without a single wide. In contrast, India, the holders, underperformed in their semi-final against South Africa, a team they had easily beaten a week or so earlier. They also suffered embarrassing defeats to neighbours Pakistan and Bangladesh. Pakistan, however, provided the main upset when they lost to Nepal by 30 runs, and Nepal also gave England a few uneasy moments. Zimbabwe won the plate competition, with their expected opponents, Bangladesh, beaten in the semi-final by Nepal. Australian Cameron White was the tournament's leading run-scorer, with 423 runs at an average of 70.50 and Xavier Doherty was the leading wicket-taker, with 16 wickets at 9.50. Tatenda Taibu, Zimbabwe's captain, was Man of the Series for his 250 runs and 12 wickets, not to mention his wicket-keeping in between bowling stints.

2004 (Winner: Pakistan )

The 2004 tournament was held in Bangladesh. More than 350,000 spectators saw the 54 matches played in the tournament. The finale ended with a close final between the two best teams - West Indies and Pakistan. It was won by Pakistan by 25 runs against West Indies and a 30,000 crowd acclaimed the victorious Pakistanis almost as their own. The players, from the ten Test countries and six other nations, were feted wherever they went, and the appetite for cricket was remarkable: even Zimbabwe v Canada sold out. The shock was the elimination from the main competition of holders Australia, bowled out for 73 and beaten by Zimbabwe in the group stage when Tinashe Panyangara took 6 for 31, the second-best figures in the competition's history. And Australia then lost to Bangladesh in the plate final amid thumping drums and gleeful celebrations. The downside was the quality of the cricket, which was often mediocre on some indifferent pitches, and the reporting of six unidentified bowlers for having suspect actions. Pakistan would have finished unbeaten but for a hiccup against England - when both teams had already qualified for the semis. England reached the last four, which was progress, and Alastair Cook looked a class apart. But they came unstuck against West Indies' spinners in the semi-final. India completed the semi-finalists. Dhawan and Suresh Raina were the backbone of a strong batting line-up, and Raina's 90 from just 38 balls against the hapless Scots was as brutal an innings as one will see at any level. Both looked international-class already, though faced with a tough task breaking into their senior side's formidable top order. The captain Ambati Rayudu had been hailed as the next great batting hope, having scored a century and a double in a first-class match at the age of 17. But he did not score the runs promised and was banned by the referee John Morrison from the semi-final after allowing a funereal over-rate during the Super League win against Sri Lanka: eight overs were bowled in the first 50 minutes. India's Shikhar Dhawan was named Man of the Tournament, and was the tournament's leading run-scorer, with 505 runs at an average of 84.16. Bangladeshi Enamul Haque was the leading wicket-taker, with 22 wickets at 10.18.

2006 (Winner: Pakistan )

This tournament was always going to struggle to live up to the overwhelming response that greeted the previous event in Bangladesh. Despite free tickets the matches were sparsely attended even when the home side were in action, but it shouldn't detract from an impressive two weeks which finished with Pakistan securing their second consecutive title in an extraordinary final against India at the Premadasa Stadium. Pakistan crumbled to 109, but in a thrilling passage of play reduced India to 9 for 6. Nasir Jamshed, and Anwar Ali, two of the success stories of the tournament, did the damage and there was no way back for India who fell 38 runs short. These two teams and Australia were the pick of the sides and along with England - who surpassed expectation to reach the semi-finals after beating a talented Bangladesh side - made up the final four. A number of players caught the eye, notably Australia captain Moises Henriques, the Indian batsmen Sumit Thakur - the tournament's leading run-scorer - and team-mate Rohit Sharma, along with legspinner Piyush Chawla, who a few weeks later made his Test debut against England. However, perhaps the best story of the tournament was Nepal claiming the Plate trophy after a thrilling victory against New Zealand having also beaten South Africa during the event

2008 (Winner: India)

It was the first time the tournament was held in an Associate Member country. The 2008 Under-19 Cricket World Cup was held in Malaysia from 17 February to 2 March 2008. Along with hosts, 15 other teams battled in 44 matches packed into 15 days across three cities. India, still smarting from the loss in the previous edition had reason to be upbeat with Tanmay Srivastava, a mature batsman who eventually finished as the tournament's leading run-getter, in their ranks. Australia and England had forgettable campaigns, coming up short against the big teams after making mincemeat of the minnows. Defending champions Pakistan were fortuitous to reach the semi-finals as their batsmen never really got going and, against South Africa in the semi-finals, their luck finally ran out while chasing 261. New Zealand, boosted by Man of the Tournament Tim Southee, were impressive before losing to India in a narrow run-chase under lights and cloudy skies in the other semi-final. South Africa's captain Wayne Parnell had played a major role in ensuring their passage to the summit clash, picking up the most wickets in the tournament en route. But they had lost to India in the group stages and lightning did strike twice. India under the leadership of Virat Kohli, after being bowled out for 159, emerged triumphant by 12 runs under the D/L method and were crowned champions for the second time. [2]

2010 (Winner: Australia)

The 2010 Under-19 Cricket World Cup was held in New Zealand in January 2010. The tournament was hosted in New Zealand after the ICC took it away from Kenya on the flimsiest of reasons which ridiculed its own mission to spread the game. Kenya were further kicked by the ICC as their side was not allowed to participate as it had not won the African qualifying event - a weakened side had been fielded as at the time, as hosts, they did not need to qualify. As it was, New Zealand did a decent job but crowds were dismal and the group stages were as tediously predictable as in the senior tournament, with the better-funded big nations dominating. South Africa did beat Australia in a good match but a dead rubber. The competition came alive in the quarter-finals as West Indies beat England and Sri Lanka defeated South Africa. The best tie of the competition came when Pakistan beat fierce rivals India by two wickets with three balls remaining in a low-scoring match. The final between Australia and Pakistan was a rematch of the first tournament, and Australia won by 25 runs in a game where fortunes ebbed and flowed throughout.

2012 (Winner: India)

The 2012 Under-19 Cricket World Cup was held in the Tony Ireland Stadium, Australia. Along with the ten test playing nations, Afghanistan, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Ireland, Scotland and Namibia also participated in this tournament. Australia lost against India in the final on 26 August 2012. India's third U19 World Cup meant they tied for the most wins with Australia. Sri Lanka could not go through into the last eight but won the Plate championship by defeating Afghanistan by 7 wickets. Reece Topley of England was the highest wicket taker whereas Anamul Haque of Bangladesh was the top run getter. India won the final against Australia with 14 balls to spare and 6 wickets remaining. Captain Unmukt Chand played a match winning innings of 111* not out in 130 balls with the help of 6 sixes & 7 fours. Sandeep Sharma also excelled with four wickets under his belt.

2014 (Winner: South Africa)

The 2014 Under-19 Cricket World-Cup was held in Dubai (U.A.E.) in 2014. It was the first time that U.A.E. had hosted an ICC event. Afghanistan was the only non-full member to qualify for the Quarter Finals. This was the first time that Afghanistan reached the last eight of this tournament, courtesy of their stellar performance against Australia in the group stage. In fact, this was the second time that a non-test playing nation qualified for the Super League/Quarter Finals, Nepal being the first one in the 2000 edition. India wobbled in the Quarter Finals against England and finally lost in the final over. This was the first semi-final berth for England in the last four editions. Pakistan beat England in the semis to reach its fifth Under-19 Final, becoming the first team to do so. South Africa beat Australia in the second semi-final. In a one-sided final, South Africa beat Pakistan and claimed its maiden U-19 World Cup title. Corbin Bosch, son of former South African cricketer late Tertius Bosch, was the Man of the Match in the finals and Aiden Markram was the Man of the Series. South Africa did not lose even a single match in the entire tournament.

2016 (Winner: West Indies)

Summary of all teams in all tournaments

In the table below, teams are sorted by best performance, then winning percentage, then (if equal) by alphabetical order.[3]

Team Appearances Best result Statistics
Total First Latest Played Won Lost Tie NR Win%
 Australia 10 1988 2014 Champions (1988, 2002, 2010) 67 50 15 0 2 76.92
 India 11 1988 2016 Champions (2000, 2008, 2012) 71 52 18 0 1 74.28
 Pakistan 11 1988 2016 Champions (2004, 2006) 69 50 19 0 0 72.46
 South Africa 10 1998 2016 Champions (2014) 61 43 17 0 1 71.67
 West Indies 11 1988 2016 Champions (2016) 71 44 27 0 0 61.97
 England 11 1988 2016 Champions (1998) 69 40 28 0 1 58.82
 Sri Lanka 11 1988 2016 Runner-up (2000) 68 36 31 0 1 53.73
 New Zealand 11 1988 2016 Runner-up (1998) 66 30 35 0 1 46.15
 Bangladesh 10 1998 2016 3rd place (2016) 64 45 17 1 1 72.22
 Zimbabwe 10 1998 2016 6th place (2004) 62 28 34 0 0 45.16
 Afghanistan 4 2010 2016 7th place (2014) 24 11 13 0 0 45.83
 Namibia 8 1998 2016 7th place (2016) 47 9 37 1 0 20.21
   Nepal 7 2000 2016 8th place (2000, 2016) 43 21 21 0 1 50.00
 Ireland 7 1998 2016 10th place (2010) 49 16 32 1 0 33.67
 Kenya 3 1998 2002 11th place (1998) 17 5 12 0 0 29.41
 Scotland 7 1998 2016 11th place (2012) 42 12 30 0 0 28.57
 Canada 5 2002 2016 11th place (2010) 29 4 23 1 1 16.07
 United States 2 2006 2010 12th place (2006) 11 2 8 0 1 20.00
 United Arab Emirates 1 2014 2014 12th place (2014) 6 1 5 0 0 16.67
 Papua New Guinea 7 1998 2014 12th place (2008, 2010) 41 3 38 0 0 7.31
 Denmark 1 1998 1998 13th place (1998) 6 2 4 0 0 33.33
 Netherlands 1 2000 2000 14th place (2000) 6 1 4 0 1 20.00
 Hong Kong 1 2010 2010 14th place (2010) 6 1 5 0 0 16.67
 Uganda 2 2004 2006 14th place (2004, 2006) 12 2 10 0 0 16.67
 Bermuda 1 2008 2008 15th place (2008) 5 1 4 0 0 20.00
 Malaysia 1 2008 2008 16th place (2008) 5 1 4 0 0 20.00
 Fiji 1 2016 2016 16th place (2016) 6 0 6 0 0 0.00
Defunct teams
ICC Associates 1 1988 1988 8th place (1988) 7 0 7 0 0 0.00
Americas 1 2000 2000 16th place (2000) 6 0 6 0 0 0.00

Note: the win percentage excludes no results and counts ties as half a win.

Team result by tournament

Team Australia
South Africa
Sri Lanka
New Zealand
Sri Lanka
New Zealand
United Arab Emirates
New Zealand
South Africa
 Afghanistan 16th 10th 7th 9th 4
 Australia 1st 4th 4th 1st 10th 3rd 6th 1st 2nd 4th § Q Q 10
 Bangladesh 9th 10th 11th 9th 5th 8th 9th 7th 9th 3rd Q Q 10
 Bermuda 15th 1
 Canada 15th 15th 11th 15th 15th 5
 Denmark 13th 1
 England 4th 1st 6th 7th 4th 4th 5th 8th 5th 3rd 6th Q Q 11
 Fiji 16th 1
 Hong Kong 14th 1
 India 6th 5th 1st 3rd 3rd 2nd 1st 6th 1st 5th 2nd Q Q 11
 Ireland 14th 12th 11th 13th 10th 12th 13th 7
 Kenya 11th 13th 14th 3
 Malaysia 16th 1
 Namibia 15th 15th 12th 15th 11th 16th 13th 7th Q 8
 Netherlands 14th 1
   Nepal 8th 10th 13th 9th 10th 13th 8th 7
 New Zealand 7th 2nd 7th 6th 8th 10th 4th 7th 4th 10th 12th Q Q 11
 Pakistan 2nd 7th 3rd 5th 1st 1st 3rd 2nd 8th 2nd 5th Q Q 11
 Papua New Guinea 16th 16th 16th 12th 12th 14th 16th 7
 South Africa 3rd 9th 2nd 7th 11th 2nd 5th 3rd 1st 11th Q Q 10
 Scotland 12th 13th 12th 16th 11th 14th 14th 7
 Sri Lanka 5th 6th 2nd 8th 5th 6th 7th 4th 9th 8th 4th Q Q 11
 Uganda 14th 14th 2
 United Arab Emirates 12th 1
 United States 12th 15th 2
 West Indies 3rd 10th 5th 4th 2nd 8th 9th 3rd 6th 6th 1st Q Q 11
 Zimbabwe 8th 11th 9th 6th 7th 14th 13th 15th 11th 10th Q Q 10
Defunct teams
Americas 16th 1
ICC Associates 8th 1
Total 8 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16


Team records

Highest team totals[4]
Lowest team totals[5]
Most consecutive wins[6]
Most consecutive losses[7]

Individual records

Most appearances[8]
Most career runs[9]
Most runs in a single tournament
Highest individual scores[10]
Most career wickets[11]
Most wickets in a single tournament
Best bowling figures[12]
Oldest players[13]

Note: age restrictions were relaxed for some teams at the early editions of the tournament.

By tournament

Year Player of the final Player of the tournament Most runs Most wickets
1988 Australia Brett Williams not awarded Australia Brett Williams (471) Australia Wayne Holdsworth (19)
Pakistan Mushtaq Ahmed (19)
1998 England Stephen Peters not awarded West Indies Cricket Board Chris Gayle (364) West Indies Cricket Board Ramnaresh Sarwan (16)
Zimbabwe Mluleki Nkala (16)
2000 India Reetinder Sodhi India Yuvraj Singh South Africa Graeme Smith (348) Pakistan Zahid Saeed (15)
2002 Australia Aaron Bird Zimbabwe Tatenda Taibu Australia Cameron White (423) Australia Xavier Doherty (16)
Zimbabwe Waddington Mwayenga (16)
2004 Pakistan Asif Iqbal India Shikhar Dhawan India Shikhar Dhawan (505) Bangladesh Enamul Haque (22)
2006 Pakistan Anwar Ali India Cheteshwar Pujara India Cheteshwar Pujara (349) Australia Moises Henriques (16)
2008 India Ajitesh Argal New Zealand Tim Southee India Tanmay Srivastava (262) South Africa Wayne Parnell (18)
2010 Australia Josh Hazlewood South Africa Dominic Hendricks South Africa Dominic Hendricks (391) Papua New Guinea Raymond Haoda (15)
2012 India Unmukt Chand Australia Will Bosisto Bangladesh Anamul Haque (365) England Reece Topley (19)
2014 South Africa Corbin Bosch South Africa Aiden Markram Bangladesh Shadman Islam (406) Sri Lanka Anuk Fernando (15)
2016 West Indies Cricket Board Keacy Carty Bangladesh Mehedi Hasan England Jack Burnham (420) Namibia Fritz Coetzee (15)


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