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Daren Ganga presents Nicholas Pooran of the West Indies with the man of the match award after the the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2014 Quarter Final match between Australia and the West Indies at the Dubai Sports City Cricket Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel – IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

By NAN Sports Editor

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Feb. 19, 2016: It’s been a long, long time since West Indies cricket fans tasted a victory this sweet – but many including former senior West Indies skipper Chris Gayle, are in celebratory mode, thanks to their young, rising champs!

The West Indies are World Champions again – well at least its Under-19 team; and it’s a celebration in what is perhaps the “best cricket news in years” according to former England captain Michael Vaughan.

The team was welcomed home with fanfare this week as it credited team work for the side’s historic victory over India.

West Indies won the match with three balls to spare, scoring 146 for five after bowling out India for 145.

It was the first time the young West Indies’ team had lifted the title, after placing second in 2004.

“Congratulations to the West Indies U19 on winning the #U19CWC, #FutureStars #Champions, #Brilliant,” Gayle Tweeted.

Under-19 skipper Shimron Hetmyer added: “Words can’t explain how good I feel.”




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