Captain Akbar Ali, who guided his team to victory, was awarded the man of the match prize [File: Christopher Lee/Getty Images]

Dhaka, Bangladesh – Bangladesh has lifted its maiden Under-19 Cricket World Cup after beating India, sending the cricket-crazy South Asian nation into a frenzy of celebrations.

“I can’t express the joy in words. It’s our first world cup win,” said Nihad Ferdous, an ardent cricket fan, who followed the Bangladeshi team during the tournament played in South Africa.


“These kids have shown such maturity on their way of becoming the champion that you have to see it to believe it. We need to nourish this bunch so that they can turn into proper international cricket players,” Ferdous told Al Jazeera.


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