The West Indies has enjoyed mixed success at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup, claiming the runner-up trophy in 2004 after losing to Pakistan in the final by 25 runs, and finishing third in the 2010 event after losing to Pakistan again, this time in the semi-final. In 2006, the team lost the quarter-final to India, and, in 2008, it defeated Nepal to win the Plate Final.
West Indies U19s hasn’t played much international cricket since the 2010 event, though it has enjoyed successful series against defending champion, Australia, a team it has never beaten in the tournament itself. West Indies U19s won a three-match ODI series against Australia in Dubai, winning the third and deciding ODI after a knock of 98 not out from Kyle Mayers.
In September 2011, West Indies U19s finished third in the Quadrangular Series in India. The team won one of its group matches, an eight-wicket victory over Australia, before beating Australia again in the high-scoring third-place playoff. A century from Kraigg Brathwaite and half centuries from Anthony Alleyne, Kavem Hodge and Sunil Ambris set up the victory.
The in-form Kraigg Brathwaite will bring international experience to the team, as he has already played a number of Tests for the West Indies senior team. In a group with India, Zimbabwe and PNG, the team faces some challenging competition but will be considered a strong chance to progress beyond the group stage.
The tournament has proved an excellent breeding ground for future stars of the West Indies team, with Jimmy Adams, Brian Lara, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Chris Gayle, Denesh Ramdin, Darren Ganga, Ridley Jacobs, Sylvester Joseph and Darren Sammy all playing in the U19 tournament before moving on to captain the national team.