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Yash Dhull named captain of the Official ICC Most Valuable Team of the Tournament
Sports Bulletin Report ISLAMABAD:-The Upstox Most Valuable Team of the Tournament has been named with victorious captain Yash Dhull chosen to skipper a line-up of future stars. Overall, eight nations are represented in the 12-strong line up as champions India lead the way with three players included. Pace is provided by the likes of Josh Boyden, Awais Ali and Ripon Mondol with all-rounders Tom Prest and Dunith Wellalage the spin options alongside Vicky Ostwal. South Africa’s Dewald Brevis was announced as the Player of the Tournament for the ICC Under 19 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2022 in West Indies for his record-breaking run haul. The side was pulled together by a selection panel including commentators Samuel Badree, Natalie Germanos, ICC Match Referee Graeme Labrooy and journalist Sandipan Banerjee. The team of the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2022 (in batting order) is: Haseebullah Khan (WK, Pakistan) Teague Wyllie (Australia) Dewald Brevis (South Africa) Yash Dhull (Captain, India) Tom Prest (England) Dunith Wellalage (Sri Lanka) Raj Bawa (India) Vicky Ostwal (India) Ripon Mondol (Bangladesh) Awais Ali (Pakistan) Josh Boyden (England) Noor Ahmad (Afghanistan)
India become ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup Champion 2022
Sports Bulletin Report ISLAMABADIndia beat England by four wickets to win their fifth ICC Under 19 Men’s Cricket World Cup in the West Indies. The two unbeaten sides met at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua and Barbuda as England went in search of only their second title, but it was India who extended their record of most tournament wins. Raj Bawa took five for 31 as England lost wickets early in their innings before 95 from James Rew restored hope in the push for a first trophy since 1998. It was not to be as both Shaik Rasheed and Nishant Sindhu made fifties before Dinesh Bana crashed back-to-back sixes to seal the win. India dominate England to add another trophy to their cabinet England won the toss and chose to bat with their second-highest run-scorer Jacob Bethell alongside George Thomas who had made a courageous 52 in their semi-final win over Afghanistan. It was a shaky start for Bethell who survived an appeal for caught behind in the second over but fell three balls later as he was dismissed leg before wicket by Ravi Kumar for two. Captain Tom Prest came in at number three but could not add to his 292 runs as he went for a four-ball duck, England’s first of the tournament. Thomas was not deterred by the loss of two of his side’s key wickets as he played attractive strokes and earned a brief reprieve having been dropped on 26. But he too got out before he could have any real impact, caught by Yash Dhull off the bowling of Raj Bawa for 27. James Rew of England plays the ball through midwicket during the ICC U19 Men's Cricket World Cup Final match between England and India at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on February 05, 2022 in Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda. It was left to James Sales to work with Rew to put on England’s highest stand of their innings, adding 93 runs to the total before Rew cruelly missed out on his century. He was caught by Kaushal Tambe for 95 from 116 balls having hit 12 sixes and almost singlehandedly given England a fighting chance. Sales was left stranded on 34 not out as the tail wagged – England were all out for 189 from 44.5 overs as Bawa claimed five for 31, with Kumar almost equally as impressive with four for 34. India’s chase of their modest target got off to the worst possible start as Angkrish Raghuvanshi was caught behind for a second-ball duck, with the right-hander unable to move past Prest to the third-highest run-scorer in the competition. The Men in Blue were able to score at a sedate rate, with Harnoor Singh adding 21 from 46 balls before he too was caught behind. Shaik Rasheed and Dhull looked to repeat their 204-run partnership they put on against Australia in the semi-final, as Rasheed brought up his fifty from 83 balls. However, Sales and Rew combined again this time to dismiss the right-hander with the very next delivery. England detected a chink in the Indian armour, and in Sales’ next over Dhull was caught by George Bell who wheeled away in celebration knowing two new batters were at the crease. However, Nishant Sindhu and Bawa, who has the highest individual score of the tournament with 162 not out, moved India to 164 before Bawa became the fifth wicket to fall. It was going to take something special to defeat India even now as the required runs ticked down to 14 from 23 balls. And something special did arrive, Rehan Ahmed sticking out a hand to stop a near-certain maximum and dismiss Tambe to leave India on 176 for six. But with Sindhu at the crease, England’s task always seemed difficult, he crashed four runs to relieve the pressure England had been building before taking a single to bring up his first half-century in international cricket. Dinesh Bana was in the mood to get the trophy in his hands as early as possible smashing a six off his toes to bring the scores level. Another six followed in the next ball as Bana's teammates raced onto the pitch before the ball had even crossed the rope, knowing victory and the trophy was theirs. ICC Under 19 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2022 placings 1 - India 2 - England 3 - Australia 4 - Afghanistan 5 - Pakistan 6 - Sri Lanka 7 - South Africa 8 - Bangladesh 9 – United Arab Emirates 10 – Ireland 11 – West Indies 12 – Zimbabwe 13 – Uganda 14 – Scotland 15 – Canada 16 – PNG
Inviting Pakistan to bat first was team decision in Under-19 CWC match
Bipin Dani Sri Lanka's Under-19 captain Dunith Wellalage is being criticized for inviting Pakistan to bat first, but it was not his sole decision, it is learnt. "It was decided in the team meeting to field first if the toss is won", one of the sources, speaking exclusively over the telephone said after the match, which Pak team won comfortably. "Mahela Jayawardene was not a part of this decision", the source also confirmed. "Mahela, the consultant, left for Colombo a few days before. He has so many other things to do", the source added. "One of his main tasks is to fill the coaching vacancies for various teams". Former Sri Lankan cricketer Naveed Nawaz is likely to be the key contender. The 48-year-old Naveed, who played one Test and three ODIs is a coach for the Bangladesh U-19 team and was already interviewed. "He was invited by the team management for a meal when Mahela was in the West Indies. However, no proper discussion on his appointment took place in the presence of other coaching staff and Sri Lankan commentator Russel Arnold and the match referee-Graham Labrooy were also present", the source further added.  Sri Lanka's U-19 team was originally booked to leave for Colombo on 6th February, however, the team management is awaiting the ICC plan for a pre-boned departure by a day, it is learnt.   According to the sources in the Caribbean Islands, if the bookings and seats are available in British Airways flight for 5th February the team may not wait there to watch India's final against England on Saturday. The team is scheduled to arrive in Colombo from Antigua via Gatwick and Doha.
AUSTRALIA CLAIM THIRD SPOT IN UNDER-19 CRICKET WORLD CUP 2022
Sports Bulletin Report ISLAMABAD:-A fine all-round performance from Nivethan Radhakrishnan fired Australia to third place in the ICC Under-19 Men’s Cricket World Cup with a two-wicket win over Afghanistan. The ambidextrous all-rounder took three for 31 to limit Afghanistan to 201 all out batting first, before notching a half-century in the chase. Australia were made to sweat but eventually snuck home with five balls to spare. Afghanistan, hoping to better their previous best result in this tournament – fourth in 2018, won the toss and elected to bat at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua and Barbuda. However two early wickets for William Salzmann (3-43), removing Nangeyalia Kharote and Allah Noor, reduced Afghanistan to 15 for two. Mohammad Ishaq (34) and skipper Suliman Shafi (37) started to rebuild, adding 70 before the former was run out by Salzmann, the latter falling three balls later to Radhakrishnan. Ijaz Ahmad Ahmadzai took up the baton, making 81 as wickets continued to tumble around him, before becoming the ninth man to fall as Salzmann’s final victim with the score on 201. Skipper Cooper Connolly (2-30) finished off the innings with his second wicket in the final over, leaving Australia with a manageable chase as they were set 202 to win. Campbell Kellaway (51) and Teague Wyllie (13) put on a half-century stand for the first wicket before the latter was bowled by Nangeyalia to bring Radhakrishnan to the crease. He and Kellaway added another 60 before a little wobble as Noor Ahmad removed both Kellaway and Connolly in quick succession. Isaac Higgins joined Radhakrishnan, scoring 11 in a 40-run partnership, but when both were dismissed with 35 still required, a few nerves started to appear. Lachlan Shaw (13) and Corey Miller (13) then added 26 to take Australia to the brink before three quick wickets gave Afghanistan hope. They took it to the final over, but Joshua Garner (four not out) held his nerve to see Australia home.
Under-19 CWC: Pakistan and South Africa finish with 5th and 7th position respectively
Sports Bulletin Report ISLAMABAD:- Pakistan and South Africa both signed off their ICC Under-19 Men’s Cricket World Cup campaigns on a positive note with victories on Thursday. Two-time champions Pakistan eased past Sri Lanka in the fifth placed playoff after the two sides chances of lifting the trophy ended at the quarter-final stage last week. Meanwhile elsewhere in Antigua, South Africa finish in seventh place after a closely fought two-wicket victory over Bangladesh. Skipper Akram shines for Pakistan Pakistan were in command from the off at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, with openers Mohammad Shehzad and Haseebullah Khan dominating the Sri Lanka attack. The pair led Pakistan to 100 without loss, Shehzad eventually made 73 off just 69 deliveries before he was dismissed by vice-captain Raveen de Silva. But Khan was joined at the crease by the impressive skipper Qasim Akram and the two took the game away from Sri Lanka, putting on a superb stand. Both made centuries and took Pakistan beyond 350, Khan was finally gone when trapped by Matheesha Pathirana ending on 136. Akram remained unbeaten as his side closed on 365-3, setting their opponents a daunting task to claim fifth place. And the Sri Lankan response was in tatters after just two overs with Akram wreaking havoc with the new ball. The talented all-rounder removed openers Chamindu Wickramasinghe and Pawan Pathiraja for a combined total of just one, with Shevon Daniel also falling between the two. Ranuda Somarathna also went for a duck with Akram single-handedly reducing Sri Lanka to 4-15. From then on Sri Lanka were purely batting for pride. Their captain Dunith Wellalage didn’t go without a fight and made a brave 40, which included five boundaries. Vinuja Ranpul was in similarly defiant mood hitting 53 not out and his sides only two sixes of the match. But it wasn’t enough and Pakistan cleaned up a 238 run victory when Treveen Mathew was hit on the pads by Zeeshan Zameer’s full delivery, bowling out the Sri Lanka team inside 35 overs to secure 5th place. Excellent Brevis helps South Africa to narrow playoff win Over at the Coolidge Cricket Ground, South Africa were also aiming to end their time in the Caribbean on a high, taking on Bangladesh in the 7th place playoff. After winning the toss and electing to bat, Bangladesh made a strong start reaching 50 without loss only for Mahfijul Islam to fall to Liam Alder in the 10th over. But fourth man in Ariful Islam kept maximum pressure on the South African attack, smashing 102 from 103 balls and finding the boundary on 12 separate occasions. The 17-year-old looked untouchable for so much of the Bangladeshi innings, right until the 47th over when Mathew Boast found a good line and Islam pulled his shot to South Africa captain George Van Heerden. The Bengal Tigers eventually reached a strong total of 293-8 at the end of their 50 overs. In reply, South Africa lost Jade Smith in the sixth over when outside edging Musfik Hasan’s delivery. But Dewald Brevis, who hit 97 in the quarter-final defeat to England, offered some hope for his team with a century eventually finishing with 138 off 130 balls. The other end was less reliable, Van Heerden and Gerhardus Maree both going cheaply, however Mathew Boast’s quickfire 41 from 22 kept them on track. In a nervy finale, it looked like Andile Simelane would take South Africa over the line, but he was run-out after tidy fielding from Ripon Mondol. But eventually they got the win, and seventh place, in fine style when Alder punched a big drive down the leg side that went for six, securing a two-wicket victory in the process. This bettered their final placing at the 2020 tournament where they finished eighth, but for defending champions Bangladesh a difficult three weeks ended in defeat.
Under-19 CWC 2022: India beat Australia to set up Final date with England
Sports Bulletin Report ISLAMABAD:-India advanced to their eighth ICC Under-19 Men’s Cricket World Cup final with a comprehensive 96-run defeat of Australia and will face England in the showpiece. Shaik Rasheed and Yash Dhull put on the second biggest partnership of the tournament, adding 204 runs for the third wicket after a shaky start for the Men in Blue. Australia never got going in their reply to 290 as leading wicket-taker Vicky Ostwal took three for 42 with Australia eventually bowled out for 194. They will now face Afghanistan in the 3rd/4th place play-off on Friday before the grand finale between England and India on Saturday. India make Australia pay to reach fourth consecutive final India got off to a slow start having won the toss and chosen to bat, openers Angkrish Raghuvanshi and Harnoor Singh added just 16 runs in 7.4 overs before the former was dismissed by a pearler from William Salzmann. The right-arm seamer deceived Raghuvanshi with a length ball, the right-hander playing a shot but instead saw the ball uproot his off stump. Singh would follow having made 16 from 28 before Shaik Rasheed and captain Yash Dhull put on a strong third-wicket stand, reaching their fifty partnership off 78 balls, one delivery into the second half of the innings. Dhull then proceeded to find the boundary with increasing regularity taking advantage of wayward bowling by Salzmann. The skipper was joined on a half-century by Rasheed as India passed 150 with just two wickets gone, the pair then passed 140 runs between them and as they did Australia missed a golden chance to end the partnership. Salzmann found the ball in his hand with the chance to secure a near-certain run-out, the pressure told as the ball ballooned on its way to the stumps and India survived. Dhull then brought up his first century for India, coming off 106 balls, with the 200-partnership following soon after. Australia would then secure their run out, as Dhull was forced to go for a run-a-ball 110 before Rasheed was out the very next ball falling six runs short of his own hundred. It did not get much better for Australia, however, as the final over went for 27 runs to see India post an imposing 290 for five. The dangerous Teague Wyllie was out leg before wicket for just one run in the second over to hamper Australia’s chances further as they emerged from the powerplay only three runs ahead of India, who had yet to get going at that point. Corey Miller would fall in the same way as Wyllie but not before putting on 38 from 46 balls to move Australia to 71 for two in the 17th over. Vicky Ostwal would then add to his tally as India’s leading wicket-taker in the tournament (now 12), dismissing opener Campbell Kellaway for 30 as he sent a drive straight to Nishant Sindhu. It was now up to Australian captain Cooper Connolly to match his opposite number but could add only three runs as he top-edged a looping catch to Rasheed. Instead, Lachlan Shaw was the man to try and steer Australia to an increasingly improbable run chase, but he could not find a partner as the next three batters fell cheaply to leave Australia on 125 for seven. Australia’s first six came sooner than their opponents, in the 37th over to India’s 44th, but the very next ball broke their eighth-wicket partnership which had added 42 runs. Milestones continued to bring dismissals, Lachlan Shaw going five balls after bringing up his half-century as Ravi Kumar took his second wicket. Tailender Tom Whitney put up some resistance including crashing back-to-back sixes but was run out to signal the end of his side’s challenge for the title. India’s victory means the two undefeated sides will face off as they take on England at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua and Barbuda on 5 February.
Under-19 CWC 2022: India and Australia all set for semifinal
Sports Bulletin Report ISLAMABAD:-Cooper Connolly is backing Australia’s new batting prodigy Teague Wyllie to help fire his team into the ICC Under-19 Men’s Cricket World Cup final 2022. A talented India team stand between Australia and Saturday’s showpiece match at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. However, Aussie captain Connolly believes his team have the ability to get there, particularly if his Western Australia teammate Wyllie can maintain his red-hot form as the three-week tournament reaches its conclusion. Wiley has already scored 264 runs in four matches and going into the semi-finals is the fourth-highest run scorer at the World Cup. “I said at the start of the tournament,” said Connolly. “That he (Teague Wyllie) was going to be a big run scorer for us. “I backed him as a Western Australia man, I’ve seen him progress all the way from playing as a junior. He is a really talented guy. “There is no reason why he can’t continue to do that and I think he can play a big role for us in these last couple of matches.” The 18-year-old all-rounder also confirmed that facing their toughest opponent of the finals so far wouldn’t stop his team from playing positively. His team chased down a big total in their group win over Scotland before putting 276 runs on the board in the Super League quarter-final win over Pakistan. Connolly added: “There is no change from us in approach. We are just going to try and play some good cricket and hopefully we can knock off India. “They are a very good side and we know that, but I think if we play our best cricket we can beat them. “To reach the final would be pretty cool. I spoke to Mitch Marsh briefly about it, because he won the last one for Australia (in 2010). “I’d love to be able to get to that spot and do the same as him.” Meanwhile, India skipper Yash Dhull says his team’s warm-up victory over Australia last month won’t have any substantial impact on their forthcoming final four clash. Dhull’s team thrashed the Aussies by nine wickets in Guyana prior to the competition proper getting underway, with the skipper himself scoring an unbeaten half-century. That day the Indian spinners were in particularly fine form but Dhull believes the differences, in both conditions and the wicket, make Wednesday’s game an incomparable scenario. “The wicket in the warm-up match against Australia Under-19s was different to the one we will have in the semi-final tomorrow (in Antigua),” he said. “The game will be played depending on the pitch conditions. So, we will only know tomorrow how we will bowl and how we can put Australia under pressure.” “We will look to play with a positive mindset. We will look to set the target as per the condition of the wicket and the situation of the match. “Everyone is fit and fine and available for selection.” Dhull was part of the group in the India team hit by a covid earlier in the tournament, but recovered to produce an excellent display in the quarter-final win over Bangladesh. He was also full of praise for the team’s coach VVS Laxman, who scored over 8,000 runs in test match cricket for the men in blue. Dhull added: “VVS Laxman has been sharing his experience with us and been talking about the mindset we need to have. His role has been important for us.”
Under-19 CWC 2022: England beat Afghanistan to clinch place in final
Sports Bulletin Report ISLAMABAD:-England kept their nerve to become the first team to reach the ICC Under-19 Men’s Cricket World Cup final after edging a thriller with Afghanistan by 15 runs. Spinner Rehan Ahmed became the hero for the Young Lions, taking three wickets in the penultimate over at crucial point when their opponents needed just 18 runs from the last 10 balls. England will now face the winner of the other semi between Australia and India on Saturday in the final – a remarkable turnaround from the previous tournament just two years ago in South Africa when they finished ninth. As for Afghanistan they will head to the Coolidge Cricket Ground for the third-place playoff. England end 24-year wait to return to the final despite brave Afghanistan effort Rain delayed the first of the two Super League semi-finals at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground after England won the toss and chose to bat. Once both sides were eventually able to take to the field in Antigua and Barbuda it was Afghanistan who made the stronger start. Jacob Bethell, who lit up the quarter-final tie with 88 against South Africa last week, was trapped LBW by Naveed Zadran, an early sign that England faced a difficult task. Skipper Tom Prest then joined vice-captain Bethell in making an early departure, reducing them to 2-56, as the Young Lions struggled to command with the bat. George Thomas did steady the ship with an excellent 50 after a slightly nervy introduction at the crease, only beaten by an excellent delivery from Noor Ahmad. And when William Luxton was clean bowled by Izharulhaq Naveed, Prest’s team were five wickets down having barely put 100 runs on the board. However, the rain came again to delay play for a further half hour and led to revised conditions of 47 overs per side. England’s back-end partnership of 95 from George Bell and Alex Horton then managed to put a different dynamic on their innings. The duo attacked the Afghanistan seamers fiercely which managed to top the final total up to 231. The earlier interruptions from the weather meant Afghanistan had a revised DLS target to match this score and chasing their first ever ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup final, they knew a good start was needed to seize control of the game. Opener Nangeyalia Kharote was unable to provide it when English seamer Josh Boyden claimed his wicket with just the third ball of the innings. But Kharote’s replacement Allah Noor, smashed a huge six to get off the mark and quickly gave his team a platform. The 18-year-old produced a marvellous knock, which featured eight boundaries as the momentum of the semi swung back the Afghanistan’s way. Along with wicketkeeper Mohammad Ishaq the pair got their team past 90, with Noor making a valuable half-century.         England’s crucial breakthrough came after some wonderful fielding led to a run-out for Ishaq with wicketkeeper Horton reacting quickly to a loose throw at the strikers end. Noor remained stubborn but eventually went for 60, with Thomas Aspinwall claiming a vital wicket. That set-up a frantic-finish that could have gone either way. The 44th over for England appeared to have turned the game when two no balls in-a-row gifted their opponents eight runs, before Abdul Hadi (37 no) smashed a huge six to take them to 200 and tantalising close. But Ahmed’s late flurry and a nerveless final over from Boyden carried England over the line to their first ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup final since 1998 in South Africa, when they lifted the trophy.
National Under-16 Cricket: Northern Blues beat Balochistan Blues by 74 runs
Sports Bulletin Report MULTAN:-Three more Pool B matches in the National Under-16 One-Day Tournament (45 overs) were played on Tuesday at three Multan venues with Northern Under-16 Blues, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Under-16 Blues and Southern Punjab Under-16 Blues winning their games against Balochistan Under-16 Blues, Central Punjab Under-16 Blues and Sindh Under-16 Blues, respectively. Sameer Ahmed’s unbeaten 82 and Salman Ahmed five-for led Southern Punjab U16 Blues to a two-wicket win over Sindh U16 Blues at the Zawari Cricket Academy Ground. After being put into bat, Sindh were dismissed for 132 in the 45th over. Opening batter Yahya Shah top-scored with a 92-ball 46, which included five fours. The right-arm fast Salman took five wickets for 31. In reply, Southern Punjab achieved the target in the 38th over for the loss of eight wickets. The right-handed Sameer returned undefeated on 82 off 115 balls faced. He struck 10 fours and three sixes. Sindh’s Noor Habib took four for 32, while Abdul Moiz and Maaz Zahid picked two wickets apiece. At the Multan Cricket Stadium, Northern U16 Blues beat Balochistan U16 Blues by 74 runs. Batting first, Northern Blues were bowled out for 183 in the 44th over. Syed Ali Mehdi top-scored with a 62-ball 35, hitting two fours and one six. For Balochistan U16 Blues, Mohammad Adil and Mohammad Asfand picked three wickets each. In return, Balochistan U16 Blues were bowled out for 109 in the 37th over. Sumair Ahmed top-scored with 21. Northern’s Mohammad Nabeel and Mohammad Hassan Khan bagged three wickets apiece, while Syed Ali Mehdi picked two wickets for 13. At the Divisional Sports Ground, half centuries from Shahzaib Khan and Usman Khan guided Khyber Pakhtunkhwa U16 Blues to a 41-run win over Central Punjab U16 Blues.  Batting first, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa U16 Blues scored 215 for seven in 45 overs. Shahzaib and Usman scored 58 and 53 runs, respectively. Central Punjab’s Ali Hamza picked three wickets for 42, while Ali Raza grabbed two for 52. In return, Central Punjab U16 Blues were bowled out for 174 in the 42nd over. Subhan Saeed top-scored with 45, hitting seven fours. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Usman Khan picked three for 37. Ahmed Hussain and Luqman Khan bagged two wickets each. Scores in brief: Northern U16 Blues beat Balochistan U16 Blues by 74 runs Northern U16 Blues 183 all out, 43.2 overs (Syed Ali Mehdi 35; Mohammad Adil 3-22, Mohammad Asfand 3-56) Balochistan U16 Blues 109 all out, 36.2 overs (Sumair Ahmed 21; Mohammad Nabeel 3-16, Mohammad Hassan Khan 3-17, Syed Ali Mehdi 2-13) Southern Punjab U16 Blues beat Sindh U16 Blues by two wickets Sindh U16 Blues 132 all out, 44.2 overs (Yahya Shah 46; Salman Ahmed 5-31) Southern Punjab U16 Blues 135-8, 37.3 overs (Sameer Ahmed 82 not out; Noor Habib 4-32, Maaz Zahid 2-26, Abdul Moiz 2-30) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa U16 Blues beat Central Punjab U16 Blues by 41 runs Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 215-7, 45 overs (Shahzaib Khan 58, Usman Khan 53; Ali Hamza 3-42, Ali Raza 2-52) Central Punjab U16 Blues 174 all out, 41.5 overs (Subhan Saeed 45; Usman Khan 3-37, Ahmed Hussain 2-30, Luqman Khan 2-35)
Earthquake shaking was very scary: says Irish commentator
Bipin Dani Earthquake felt at the Ireland-Zimbabwe Under-19 World Cup match at the wonderful, historic Queen's Park Oval in Trinidad on Saturday was "very scary", according to the Irish commentator Andrew Leonard. Leonard, Nikhil Uttamchandani (Barbados) and Trinidad's Vidya Rampal were in the commentary box when ground shook for approximately 20 seconds during the sixth over of play. Speaking exclusively over the telephone, Leonard said, "The shaking then began whilst my co-commentator was speaking and it began to get significantly worse over the coming seconds to the point where those in the back of the box started saying rapidly "Earthquake, Earthquake"!!!  At this point I didn't know what to think or what to do and as the shaking continued so much to the point where the whole box was shaking, I simply commented "We are, I believe, having an earthquake right now." "I may have sounded very calm, but really I was very confused as to what was happening or what we were supposed to have been doing!! We don't have earthquakes in Ireland where I'm from and although I travel a huge amount commenting on cricket around the world, I have never experienced an earthquake in the flesh". "Our producer and co-commentator in the back of the box were fairly panicked but for the players down at ground level they had barely noticed. They quickly established it was an earthquake of 5.1 on the Richter scale with the epicenter about 30 km away closer to Tobago than Trinidad. We continued on adrenaline through the first drinks break and then when we realized what we had just been through live on air, it started to sink in and I couldn't help but laugh at what an incredibly surreal situation it was:, he added. Post-tragic, he explains, "the messages then started flooding in on social media with comments and questions, and it provided great entertainment listening to everyone's thoughts on the earthquake in Trinidad and Tobago. Luckily I don't think there was any significant damage or injuries anywhere as the mind immediately raced to the Earthquake tragedies in the cricket playing nations of Nepal and New Zealand in recent years".