Emmanuel Stewart, first Windward Islander to lead the West Indies at U/19 Level

West Indies Youth Team to the Inaugural ICC Youth Cup in Australia, 1988. Back row (left to right), H. Gangapersad (T&T), R. Samuels (Jam), K. Browne (Nevis), S. Simon (Antigua), S. Skeete (Bdos), T. Samuels (Jam), R. Jacobs (Antigua), N. Perry (Jam). Front Row: D. Telemaque (Dominica), D. Thomas (Grenada), R. Holder (Bdos), A. E. King Manager (Bdos), B. Lara, Captain (T&T), R. Kanhai, Coach (Guy), J. Adams (Jam), R. Dhanraj (T&T)

By Statistician Charwayne Walker

Grenadian Emmanuel Stewart, who led the West Indies Under-19 team earlier this year to South Africa and Zimbabwe, created history by becoming the first player from the Windward Islands to captain the West Indies at this level.

Stewart will be at the helm again when the West Indies Under-19 defend their title at the ICC Youth World Cup in New Zealand, next month.

The following is the list of teenagers who had the honour of leading the West Indies at the Under-19 Level:

Dudnath Ramkissoon – Trinidad and Tobago, Young West Indies to the United Kingdom (1970)

Colin Murray – Trinidad and Tobago, Young West Indies to the United Kingdom (1974)

Timur Mohamed – Guyana, Young West Indies vs Young England (1976)

Austin White – Leeward Islands, Young West Indies to the United Kingdom (1978)

Marlon Tucker – Jamaica, Young West Indies vs Young England (1980)

Roger Harper – Guyana, Young West Indies to the United Kingdom (1982)

Zorol Barthley – Leeward Islands, Young West Indies vs Young England (1985)

Brian Lara – Trinidad and Tobago, Inaugural ICC Youth World Cup and One Off Youth Test, Australia (1988)

Sherwin Campbell – Barbados, West Indies Under-19 to Canada (1989)

Sherwin Campbell – Barbados, West Indies Under-19 vs Young Australia (1990)

Ian Bradshaw – Barbados, Young West Indies to the United Kingdom (1993)

Andre Percival – Guyana, West Indies Under-19 vs Young England – Jan/Feb (1995)

Gareth Breese – Jamaica, West Indies Under-19 to Pakistan and Bangladesh –             November (1995)

Shirley Clarke – Barbados, West Indies Under-19 vs Young Pakistan (1996)

Sylvester Joseph – Leeward Islands, 2nd ICC Youth World Cup, South Africa (1998)

Ryan Hinds – Barbados, 3rd ICC  Youth World Cup, Sri Lanka (2000)

Brenton Parchment – Jamaica, West Indies Under-19 to the United Kingdom (2001)

Narsingh Deonarine – Guyana, 4th  ICC Youth World Cup, New Zealand (2002)

Denesh Ramdin – Trinidad and Tobago, 5th ICC Youth World Cup, Bangladesh (2004)

Leon Johnson – Guyana, 6th ICC Youth World Cup, Sri Lanka (2006)

Sharmarh Brooks – Barbados, 7th ICC Youth World Cup, Malaysia (2008)

Andre Creary – Jamaica, 8th ICC Youth World Cup, New Zealand (2010)

Kraigg Brathwaite – Barbados, West Indies Under-19 vs Young Australia One Off Youth Test and ODI Dubai (2011)

Kraigg Brathwaite – Barbados, 9th ICC Youth World Cup, Australia (2012)

Rumaul Lewis – Jamaica, West Indies Under-19 vs Young Bangladesh (2013)

Rumaul Lewis – Jamaica, West Indies Under-19 to Bangladesh 2013, (aborted for security concerns)

Rumaul Lewis – Jamaica, 10th ICC Youth World Cup, Dubai (2014)

Shimron Hetmeyer- Guyana, 11th ICC Youth World Cup, Bangladesh (2016) *WI won

Emmanuel Stewart – Windward Islands, West Indies Under-19 to South Africa and Zimbabwe (2017)

Emmanuel Stewart – Windward Islands, 12th ICC Youth World Cup, New Zealand (2018)

When Kraigg Brathwaite led the West Indies in the Second Test at Hamilton, New Zealand, last weekend, he joined Brian Lara and Denesh Ramdin as the only players to have led the West Indies at both the Under-19 and Test levels.

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