Bangladesh was a unique experience for the touring West Indies Under-19 in (1995)
Statistician Charwayne Walker looks this week at the Windies Under-19 tour to Bangladesh in 1995, even as the current U-19 side head to Bangladesh for their return fixture, he reflects on the performances during that tour.
The first time the West Indies under-19 played under lights was 18 years ago, November 1995, when the Gareth Breese led side toured Bangladesh.
Playing in front of (30,000) fans at the National Stadium in the Capitol Dhaka, the Regional youngsters lost to the Bangladesh under-23 side by six wickets.
The Augustine Logie coached team also suffered losses to the Bangladesh under-19 and the Bangladesh Cricket Board XI. Please note, the West Indies tour management had to register its disapproval with the Bangladesh Cricket Board about facing senior players on the tour. The arrangement was for an under-19 series.
It should be noted that Barbadian All Rounder, Ryan Hurley, who scored two centuries on the Pakistan leg of the tour, was sent home from Karachi for discipline and fitness reasons. Summary of matches played in Bangladesh: West Indies under-19 vs Bangladesh under-23; West Indies lost by six wickets – match played at National Stadium, Crowd (30,000). West Indies under-19 – 185 for 9 in 50 overs; Wavell Hinds 44, Shirley Clarke 39, Adrian Murphy 32; Bowling for Bangladesh under-23: Salim Shahed took 2 for 26 from 7 overs.
Bangladesh under-23 in reply -187 for 4; Javed Omar Belim 79, Salim Shahed 29 Not out; Bowling for West Indies under-19 – Mahendra Nagamootoo took 1 for 14 from 10 overs, Reon King 1 for 27 from 9.4 overs Denville McKenzie 1 for 31 from 10 overs.
Match two vs Bangladesh under-19: crowd (30,000): Bangladesh under-19 won by two wickets. West Indies under-19 – 196 for 8 in 50 overs; Mahendra Nagamootoo 36, Vishal Nagamootoo 31 not out, Wavell Hinds 28, Nicholas DeGroot 27, Shirley Clark 24. Bowling for Bangladesh under-19 – N. Rahman Durjoy took 3 for 18. Bangladesh under-19 in reply: 198 for 8;
Mustadir Litu 45, Al Shahbriar 40, N. Rahman Durjoy 29 Not out. Bowling for West Indies under-19: Reon King took 3 for 40, Mahendra Nagamootoo 2 for 27 from 9 overs.
Match three vs Bangladesh Cricket Board X1 at national Stadium Dhaka: West Indies under-19 – 181 for 9 in 50 overs; Adrian Murphy 51, Nicholas DeGroot 43, Shirley Clarke 24. Bowling for Bangladesh Cricket Board XI; Naimur Rahman took four for 26 from 10 overs, Salim Shahed 3 for 25. Bangladesh Cricket Board in reply – 182 for 6, winning with four balls to spare. Kaled Mahmud top scored with 48, Naimur Rahman supported with 32. Bowling for West Indies under-19; Mahendra Nagamootoo took 1 for 24 from 10 overs Reon King 1 for 32 (10 overs), O’Neil Richard 1 for 37 (9 overs).
The historic West Indies under-19 team that toured Bangladesh in 1995:
Gareth Breese Captain Jamaica
Wavell Hinds – Jamaica
Denville McKenzie – Jamaica
O’Neil Richards – Jamaica
Nicholas DeGroot – Vice Captain Guyana
Reon King – Guyana
Vishal Nagamootoo – Guyana
Mahendra Nagamootoo – Guyana,
Amarnath Basdeo – Trinidad
Ray Cashmere- Windwards
Sylvester Joseph – Leewards
Tyrone Greenaway – Leewards
Adrian Murphy – Barbados
Shirley Clarke – Barbados
Augustine Logie – Coach
Although the circumstances are different 18 years later, the million dollar question regional cricket fans is asking, is whether Coach Roderick Estwick’s squad is ready to conquer mission Dhaka. Only time will tell if his troops are ready for next year’s ICC Youth World Cup war in Dubai.