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U19 World Cup to remain as aACAyfinishing school'.

Dubai: The International Cricket Council Under-19 Cricket World Cup will remain as the finishing school for young cricketers, according to the governing body's president.

Alan Isc, who flew in from New Zealand to witness the final and present the trophies, said: "This event has been designed as a finishing school for these young cricketers. It is an opportunity for players to test their skills in a full ICC tournament environment against their peers from around the world, and I think they have risen to that challenge."

Isc also revealed that the event has been designed to also educate cricketers for the future challenges. "The players have received education on matters of anti-corruption and anti-doping, they have learned how to cope with questions from the media and generally being in the spotlight," he said. "They have learned how to perform to the best of their ability in the midst of all the distractions that go along with events like this. In short, this event has put them on the road to becoming well-rounded sportsmen."

Congratulating South Africa on their maiden success, especially for their unbeaten run, he went on to name some of the cricketers that impressed him in the tournament. "There have been a number of strong and consistent performances from the likes of Jake Doran of Australia, Shadman Islam of Bangladesh, Ben Duckett of England, Kuldeep Yadav of India, Imam ul Haq of Pakistan, Aiden Markram and Kagiso Rabada of South Africa, Sadeera Samarawickrama of Sri Lanka and Tagenarine Chanderpaul of the West Indies.

For many of them, it was an emotional moment too. Some of them, like their fathers, got to play in a World Cup starting from UAE's Shiv Mehra, whose father Vijay Mehra played in 1996 World Cup, Tagenarine Chanderpaul of West Indies, whose father Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Australia's Ben McDermott's father Craig McDermott played in World Cups.

South Africa's medium-pacer Corbin Bosch, who destroyed Pakistan with a four-wicket spell, dedicated his performance to his late father Tertius, who was one of South Africa's fast bowlers but died at the age of 33 due to a viral infection.

"I did it for my dad," Bosch said. "I have this huge belief I am playing for him and I am here because of him. I have been performing throughout the tournament for him as it's his birthday next week."

South African skipper Markram, named Player of the Tournament for scoring 370 runs in all, with two centuries and one half-century, said: "It has been absolutely amazing having all the mums and dads here, supporting us, and I am just so glad that we could win it for them."

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
Date:Mar 3, 2014
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