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Akbar named captain of U-19 WC team of tournament

  • Published at 10:13 pm February 10th, 2020
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File photo: Bangladesh skipper Akbar Ali poses with the U19 World Cup trophy Collected

Two other Bangladesh players, Mahmudul Hasan Joy and Shahadat Hossain, were also included in the official team

Bangladesh skipper Akbar Ali has been named captain of the ICC U19 World Cup team of the tournament. 

Two other Bangladesh players, Mahmudul Hasan Joy and Shahadat Hossain, were also included in the official team.

After three weeks of intense competition, Bangladesh won their first ICC U19 Cricket World Cup title after defeating reigning champions India in the final at Potchefstroom, South Africa.

The young Tigers were 15 runs short of victory with three wickets in hand and nine overs to go when rain interrupted play. 

After a break of about 10 minutes, play resumed and the target was revised so Bangladesh needed seven runs off 30 deliveries. Captain Akbar Ali and Rakibul Hasan secured the result with 23 balls to spare.

The player and team of the tournament were selected by a five-member panel. The members were commentators Ian Bishop, Rohan Gavaskar and Natalie Germanos, ESPN Cricinfo correspondent Sreshth Shah and ICC representative Mary Godbeer.

Team of the tournament performances:

Yashasvi Jaiswal (India) -  In: 6, Runs: 400, Ave: 133.33, SR: 82.47

Few will question the Indian openers’ claims to Player of the Tournament honours after he played a crucial role in leading his side all the way to the Final.

With 400 runs to his name in just six innings at an astounding average of 133, he topped the scoring chart comfortably, with an incredible 114 more than closest competitor Ravindu Rasantha.

Ibrahim Zadran (Afghanistan) - In: 5, Runs: 240, Ave: 60.00, SR: 66.11

The side’s other opening spot goes to reliable Afghanistan batsman Ibrahim Zadran. He notched 240 runs in five innings at an average of 60 to help his country to a seventh-place finish, knocking 73 not out in the playoff against hosts South Africa to cap off their tournament in style.

Ravindu Rasantha (Sri Lanka) - In: 6, Runs: 286, Ave: 71.50, SR: 77.50

The man who was closest to keeping on the coattails of Jaiswal in the scoring charts, Ravindu Rasantha’s total of 286 runs from six innings would likely have topped the table in most other circumstances.

A swashbuckling 102 not out off just 111 balls proved the highlight of his competition as Sri Lanka downed Nigeria in the Plate quarterfinals.

Mahmudul Hasan Joy (Bangladesh) - In: 6, Runs: 184, Ave: 46.00, SR: 80.00

The first representative from the winning side, Mahmudal Hasan Joy scored 184 runs at an average of 46 to prove a crucial linchpin in the Tigers’ line-up.

But it was one innings in particular that sealed his place in this side, as a clutch century in Bangladesh’s Super League semi-final triumph over New Zealand helped to pave the way to glory.

Shahadat Hossain (Bangladesh) - In: 4, Runs: 131, Ave: 131.00, SR: 73.59

Joy’s teammate Shahadat Hossain boasted a tournament-ending average to rival only Jaiswal’s. With three not-outs in his six innings, his 131 runs averaged out at a staggering 131.

Nyeem Young (West Indies) - In: 5, Runs: 140, Ave: 28.00, SR: 102.18 /In: 5, Wkts: 8, Ave: 26.75, Econ: 6.35

An impressive fifth-place finish for the West Indies represented a solid return in South Africa, and Nyeem Young the side seem to have unearthed a future star all-rounder.

He underlined his credentials straight from the off, making 61 with the bat to top-score in his side’s group-stage opener against Australia, before taking five for 45 to beat England next time out – becoming the first West Indian to take a five-for and make a half-century in an U19 match.

Akbar Ali (Bangladesh) - In: 4, Runs: 69, Ave: 69.00, SR: 68.31

The side’s captain led his nation to a maiden title, much to the joys of their travelling support in Potchefstroom.

He skippered with aplomb from behind the stumps throughout, showing deftness with the gloves to dismiss six batsmen throughout the tournament.

Shafiqullah Ghafari (Afghanistan) - In: 5, Wkts: 16, Ave: 7.00, Econ: 2.45

Sixteen wickets for the tournament left Shafiqullah Ghafari trailing just one man in the charts – more on which shortly.

But the devastating spinner will take home best-figures honours, with his six for 15 against South Africa the deadliest spell in tournament history for Afghanistan.

Ravi Bishnoi (India) - In: 6, Wkts: 17, Ave: 10.64, Econ: 3.48

The man to top the wicket-taking charts was Indian spinner Ravi Bishnoi, whose 17 in six matches left him with a miserly average of 10.64.

And even though his side could not make it two titles in a row, Bishnoi almost dragged them to victory over Bangladesh in the final with an impressive four for 30.

Kartik Tyagi (India) - In: 6, Wkts: 11, Ave: 13.90, Econ: 3.45

The first of the quicks in the line-up, Kartik Tyagi’s swing terrorised opposing batsmen throughout the tournament.

He took 11 wickets at an average of 13.90 to augment what was a deadly bowling attack for India.

Jayden Seales (West Indies) - In: 6, Wkts: 10, Ave: 18.30, Econ: 3.89

West Indian quick Jayden Seales truly staked his claim as one of the side's best up-and-coming fast bowlers as he looks to join a prestigious tradition.

The 18-year-old claimed 10 wickets at an average of 18.30, with a spell of four for 19 a highlight against Australia as the West Indies triumphed in the groups.

Akhil Kumar (Canada) - In: 5, Wkts: 16, Ave: 15.37, Econ: 5.23

Akhil Kumar was the shining light in Canada’s campaign, as they sealed a 13th-place finish.

The quick took 16 wickets at an average of 15.37, finishing with figures of six for 46 in Plate playoff victory over Japan.

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