ICC Africa Under-19 Championships

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ICC Africa Under-19 Championships
Administrator International Cricket Council
African Cricket Association
Format 50-over
First tournament 2001
Tournament format Round-robin
Current champion  Namibia
Most successful  Namibia (5 titles)

The ICC Africa Under-19 Championships are a series of regular cricket tournaments organised by the African Cricket Association (ACA) for under-19 teams from its member nations. The initial tournament was staged in 2001 but did not return until 2007. During the interim years a joint competition with the East Asia-Pacific Cricket Council was held.[1] A second division was added in 2009 providing affiliate nations with a chance to participate. After this first edition, two teams were promoted, but since then only one team has moved between divisions. The two divisions are played at different times and in different locations. The current champions are Namibia.

The tournament also serves as qualification for the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup, though the number of teams progressing has varied over the years.

Under-19 World Cup Qualification History[edit]

One of the key aspects of the African Under-19 Championships is its role in Under-19 World Cup Qualification. Before the introduction of the championship only Kenya and Namibia took part in the World Cup.[2][3] However, aided by the development of international cricket during the late 90s and 2000s the possibility of holding the first African regional qualifier arose in 2001. Of the five associate nations at that time,[4] Kenya already had automatic qualification for the 2002 U-19 World Cup due to their ODI status.[5] As a result, the highest finisher in the inaugural competition besides Kenya would also qualify. Namibia finished in first place and so earned themselves the final World Cup space.[6]

For the following two U-19 World Cups, the African Cricket Association and the East Asia-Pacific Cricket Council organised joint qualification competitions from which two teams would progress.[1] In the 2003 competition, Uganda qualified alongside EAP side Papua New Guinea for the 2004 U-19 World Cup but in 2005 two African nations, Namibia and Uganda made it through to the 2006 finals.[7][8]

In 2007, the two councils once again organised separate competitions, meaning only one team would qualify from the African Championships.[9] Namibia beat Kenya in the final to go through as the representative of African associate nations.[10]

The entire qualification system for the U-19 World Cup was revamped in 2009. Whilst regionally, a second division of African affiliate nations was organised, including the chance of promotion,[11] a new international qualification tournament was introduced by the ICC. This competition saw ten teams, two from each of the five cricketing regions, fighting for the six remaining places in the World Cup finals.[12] The winners and runners-up of the 2009 Africa U-19 Championships, Uganda and Sierra Leone, made it through to the U-19 World Qualifiers, but neither finished high enough to progress to final. The Sierra Leone team hit the headlines when they were denied visas and so had no chance to compete.[13]

The same system continued for the 2012 U-19 World Cup qualification, though the regional divisions were played a year earlier than usual, in 2010. Namibia and Kenya finished first and second in Division One earning them places in the U-19 World Cup Qualifier, due to be held next year.[14]

Tournament results[edit]

Division One[edit]

Year Host(s) Venue(s) Final
Winner Result Runner-up
2001  Uganda Kampala  Namibia
+0.981 NRR
Namibia won on net run rate
table
East and Central Africa
+0.287 NRR
2003
(with EAP)
 Namibia Windhoek  Papua New Guinea
9/193 (50 overs)
Papua New Guinea won by 53 runs
scorecard
 Uganda
140 all out
2005
(with EAP)
 South Africa Benoni  Namibia
140/7 (43.3 overs)
Namibia won by 3 wickets
scorecard
 Uganda
139 (47.3 overs)
2007  South Africa Benoni  Namibia
256/7 (50 overs)
Namibia won by 39 runs
scorecard
 Kenya
217 all out (45.2 overs)
2009  Zambia Lusaka  Uganda
12 points
Uganda won on points
table
 Sierra Leone
10 points
2010  Namibia Windhoek  Namibia
14 points
Namibia won on points
table
 Kenya
10 points
2013  Uganda Entebbe and Kampala  Namibia
173 (47.2 overs)
Namibia won by 52 runs
scorecard
 Kenya
121 (40 overs)
2015  Tanzania Dar es Salaam  Namibia
8 points
Namibia won on points
fixtures
 Uganda
6 points

Division Two[edit]

Year Host(s) Venue(s) Final
Winner Result Runner-up
2009  Mozambique Maputo  Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone won on points
 Ghana
2010  Swaziland Big Bend  Nigeria
8 points
Nigeria won on points
table
 Rwanda
6 points
2013  South Africa Benoni  Ghana
Ghana won on points
 Tanzania
2014  Zambia Lusaka  Tanzania
10 points
Tanzania won on points
table
 Rwanda
6 points

Participating teams[edit]

Legend
  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • Q – Qualified
  • * – Combined tournament with EAP members (not included in this table)
  •     — Hosts
Team Uganda
2001
Namibia
2003*
South Africa
2005*
South Africa
2007
Zambia
2009
Namibia
2010
Uganda
2013
Tanzania
2015
Total
 Botswana 4th 6th 3rd 4th 6th 5
 East and Central Africa 2nd 1
 Ghana 6th 1
 Kenya 4th 3rd 3rd 2nd 5th 2nd 2nd 3rd 8
 Namibia 1st 4th 1st 1st 3rd 1st 1st 1st 8
 Nigeria 6th 8th 8th 8th 7th 5th 5th 7
 Sierra Leone 2nd 6th 8th 3
 Tanzania 7th 5th 7th 7th 8th 7th 4th 7
 Uganda 3rd 2nd 2nd 3rd 1st 5th 3rd 2nd 8
 West Africa 5th 1
 Zambia 5th 6th 5th 4th 4th 6th 6

Records[edit]

This section includes performances by African teams and players at the 2003 and 2005 combined Africa/EAP tournaments.

Highest team scores
Lowest team scores
Highest individual scores
Best bowling figures

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Other Matches played by Namibia Under-19s cricketarchive.com 17/11/10
  2. ^ ICC Youth World Cup 2000 cricketeurope4.net 17/11/10
  3. ^ Under-19 World Cup 2002 cricketeurope4.net 17/11/10
  4. ^ The East and Central Africa cricket team and West Africa cricket team had not yet split into their separate states at this point
  5. ^ Africa: Under 19 titles start today espncricinfo.com 17/11/10
  6. ^ Africa Under-19 Championship 2000/2001 Points Table cricketarchive.com 17/11/10
  7. ^ ICC Under 19 World Cup 2004 cricketeurope4.net 17/11/10
  8. ^ ICC Under 19 World Cup 2006 cricketeurope4.net 17/11/10
  9. ^ Namibia announce Under-19 squad espncricinfo.com 17/11/10
  10. ^ Africa Under 19 Championships 2007 cricketeurope4.net 17/11/10
  11. ^ News Flash Africa February 2009 icc-cricket.yahoo.net 17/11/10
  12. ^ Under 19 World Cup Qualifier details cricketeurope4.net 17/11/10
  13. ^ Visa issues end Sierra Leone's World Cup dream espncricinfo.com 17/11/10
  14. ^ Lotter, Vijayakumar bag top honours icc-cricket.yahoo.net 17/11/10
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