1988 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup

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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 defeated Pakistan in the final.[1]

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.[2]

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.[3]


A total of 31 matches were played in the tournament. Here is a list of matches played in the tournament along with scores.[4]


13 March 1988
201 (49.3 ov)
202–5 (45.5 ov)
 Australia won by 5 wickets.
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Umpires: AR Crafter (AUS) and RJ Evans (Aus)
Player of the match: Australia Brett Williams
  • Australia won the toss and elected to field
  • Australia wins the 1988 McDonald's Bicentennial Youth World Cup

Future players[edit]

Future players that featured for their national team in the tournament were:

Australia - Stuart Law (Alan Mullally also represented Australia but went on to play international cricket for England)

Bangladesh - Aminul Islam Bulbul

England - Mike Atherton, Mark Ramprakash, Nasser Hussain, Chris Lewis, Mark Alleyne, Warren Hegg and Martin Bicknell

India - Nayan Mongia, Venkatapathy Raju, Subroto Banerjee and Narendra Hirwani

Netherlands - Tim de Leede

New Zealand - Shane Thomson, Chris Cairns, Lee Germon and Andrew Caddick who went on to play for England.

Pakistan - Basit Ali, Zahoor Elahi, Shakeel Khan, Shahid Anwar, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Aaqib Javed and Mushtaq Ahmed

Sri Lanka - Sanjeeva Ranatunga, Sanath Jayasuriya, Romesh Kaluwitharana and Chandika Hathurusingha

West Indies - Brian Lara, Ridley Jacobs, Roland Holder, Rajindra Dhanraj, Nehemiah Perry and Jimmy Adams


  1. ^ "Under-19 World Cup in Australia, Feb-Mar 1988". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2007-04-05. 
  2. ^ "Australia 1998". ICC. Archived from the original on 29 April 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-05. 
  3. ^ "McDonald's Bicentennial Youth World Cup 1987/88". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2007-04-05. 
  4. ^ McDonald's Bicentennial Youth World Cup 1987/88 scores by Cricinfo