There is a huge controversy that sparked in U-19 World Cup after West Indies bowler ‘Mankaded’ Zimbabwe’s last batsman Richard Nagarava in a nerve wrecking match at Mirpur, Dhaka. Zimbabwe needed three runs from the last over to win a match to qualify for the quarterfinal. But, Keemo Paul noticed that Richard Nagarava was stepping out to take a single. So Paul ran from his mark but did not roll his arm instead he came straight to break the bails to run out Nagarava.
But back in 1987 World Cup in Lahore, a group encounter between West Indies and Pakistan has produced a remarkable match. West Indies were two-time champion were still one of the favourite teams in world cricket’s biggest jamboree. Pakistan were the home favourite and had won their both group games before came to play the match.
Imran Khan took four wickets that restricted West Indies for 216. Pakistan were comfortable enough in pursuit at 92 for 3 and then 183 for 5. Then Courtney Walsh got rid of Saleem Yousuf, who anchored the chase with a fifty and Patric Patterson’s last over had gone two runs and two wickets. Pakistan had lost four wickets for 20runs.
By the time Walsh came to bowl the last over. West Indies were set to bag the match as Pakistan needed 14 runs off the six.
Abdul Qadir bowled a single off the first ball and Saleem Jaffar another off the second ball, leaving 12 to get off last four. Qadir who had little contribution with the ball, ran for two and then launched a straight six that made the crowd to roar. They ran for another two off the next ball, leaving two to get off the last.
Walsh ran in to bowl the last ball and did not bowl as Jaffer at the non-striker’s end was out of the crease. Walsh could have run Jaffer out comfortably, but did not do so and headed back to bowl the delivery again.
Because of Walsh’s great sportsmanship, Pakistan had won the remarkable match as Qadir took the necessary runs off the last ball. Pakistan qualified for the semi-final and West Indies’ chance of semifinal berth were in trouble. Walsh got a reward for his sportsmanship. A local fan gave him a hand –woven carpet.
His act since then has become more famous than the match itself. Now, the controversial act of Keemo Paul in the ICC U-19 World Cup is bringing us back to that great West Indies era.
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