CRICKET PNG is proud to announce that Raymond Haoda Jr has become the first player from a non-test playing country to take the most wickets at an ICC Under 19 World Cup.
The Hanuabada-born Haoda took 15 wickets at an average of 17.26 in the recently completed ICC U19 World Cup in New Zealand, where Australia won their third U19 World Cup.
Haoda led the wicket-taking table ahead of highly-regarded prospects, Usman Qadir (Pakistan) and Alister McDermott (Australia).
The previous best bowling performance by a non-test playing country was when Kenya’s Thomas Odoyo finished third on the 1998 U19 World Cup wicket-takers table taking 15 wickets at an average 15.80.
Haoda, is described as being quick for an 18-year-old, and there is no reason why he will not be able to increase his speed in the future.
His complete World Cup bowling figures were 1/54 (8) vs Bangladesh, 2/44 (7.1) vs Pakistan, 3/37 (10) vs West Indies, 5/34 (8.3) vs Afghanistan, 2/65 (9.4) vs Bangladesh and 2/25 (10) vs Canada.
Wayne Holdsworth (Aus), Mustaq Ahmed (Pak), Ramnaresh Sarwan (WI), Mluleke Nkala (Zim), Zahid Saeed (Pak), Xavier Doherty (Aus), Waddington Mwayenga (ZIM), Emamul Haque (BAN), Moises Henriques and Wayne Parnell (SA) have been the leading wicket takers at previous U19 World Cups and all of these players have gone on to play First Class and List A Cricket.
Haoda will now resume playing on scholarship with Marist-Harewood CC in New Zealand which is part of a Cricket PNG initiative in conjunction with Sir Brian Bell, a long time supporter of the game in Papua New Guinea.