Manager: U-19s were fully focused
FATULLAH, Bangladesh (CMC):
West Indies Under-19 team manager, Dwain Gill, said the 'Mankad' controversy had done little to dent the confidence or preparation of his side for yesterday's Under-19 Cricket World Cup quarter-final clash against Pakistan Under-19s.
The Caribbean side entered the contest under a cloud of controversy following Keemo Paul's now hotly-debated actions in their last group game against Zimbabwe but rose above the furore to produce a clinical performance and come away with a convincing five-wicket victory and reach the semi-finals.
"I don't think that was a factor. I think what we tried to do was put that behind us," Gill told CMC Sports.
"We are not experts in the [laws of cricket] so we let the authorities deal with that so I think the guys were just focusing on Pakistan.
With Zimbabwe needing three runs off the final over for victory last week, Paul ran out non-striker Richard Ngarava as he came into to bowl the first ball, earning West Indies a dramatic two-run win.
Paul's actions attracted much criticism from some former and current international players.
The Young Windies showed no effects from the controversy, restricting Pakistan to 227 for six and then cruising to victory with ten overs left.
Opener Tevin Imlach with 54 and captain Shimron Hetmyer, 52, laid the groundwork for the win with half-centuries in a 77-run, second wicket stand.
Opting to bat, Pakistan were rocking on 57 for five in the 21st over but recovered through a 164-run, sixth wicket stand between Umair Masood (113) and Salman Fayyaz who finished on 58 not out.