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Bangladesh national cricket team

Bangladesh cricket crest

Bangladesh cricket crest
Test status granted2000
First Test matchv India at Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka, 10–13 November 2000
CaptainShakib Al Hasan
CoachJamie Siddons
Official ICC Test and ODI ranking9th (Test), 9th (ODI)
Test matches
- This year
Last Test matchv England at Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester, 04–06 June 2010
- This year
As of 12 August 2010
The Bangladesh national cricket team, also known as "The Tigers", is a national cricket team representing Bangladesh. The team is administered by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). Bangladesh is a full member of the International Cricket Council with Test and One Day International status. It played its first Test match in 2000 against India in Dhaka, becoming the tenth Test cricket playing nation.
Bangladesh's first official foray into international cricket came in the 1979 ICC Trophy in England, leaving the tournament with 2 wins and 2 defeats. Seven years later, on 31 March 1986, Bangladesh played in its first One Day International match against Pakistan in the 1986 Asia Cup. Cricket has gradually become very popular in urban areas of the country. Although football was the most popular game for a long time, cricket gained momentum and soon surpassed football. Especially after Bangladesh won the ICC Trophy in Malaysia in 1997. By winning the ICC trophy, the Tigers had qualified for the 1999 Cricket World Cup for the first time, where they beat Pakistan creating one of the biggest upsets in their cricketing history. In 1997, Bangladesh became a regular ICC member with the right to play One Day Internationals. It attained the status of a Test playing country on 26 June 2000.
As of May 2010, Bangladesh have played in 68 Tests, winning only 3. Their first victory was against Zimbabwe and the other two against a West Indian team crippled by a players' strike. They have lost 57 of their matches, and 33 of these by an innings.Bangladesh's performance has led to repeated calls for them to lose their Test status. Recently however, under the guidance of coach Jamie Siddons Bangladesh has been improving their test match performances. In the one day form of the game Bangladesh has performed a lot better.They have managed to defeat all the Test playing nations at least once. The performance of the Tigers in 2010 has also shown a gradual improvement as a Test match and ODI side. This year in Bangladesh, they created history by beating New Zealand convincingly in the ODI series. The Kiwis were beaten with a clean sweep of 4-0 and this was the first major whitewash by the Tigers against a full strength test squad.

History of Bangladesh Cricket

History of cricket in Bangladesh

Bangladesh wins the Sixth ICC trophy in Malaysia gaining the opportunity to take part in the 1999 Cricket World Cup. It was considered as a great victory by the people of Bangladesh from all walks of life. Bangladesh also becomes a regular ICC member with the right to play One Day Internationals. Earlier, in February Dhaka hosted the 3rd & final SAARC cricket tournament.

Bangladesh posts its first ODI win against Kenya in India thanks to a fiery 77 run and 3 wickets contribution by Mohammad Rafique. In October, Bangladesh hosts (although did not participate in) the first ever ICC champions trophy, a knock-out ODI tournament featuring all the Test playing nations. The tournament was applauded by the whole world for great organizing and huge number of spectators. The performance of Bangladesh on and off the field this year helped to be recognized as the next big cricketing nation.

See also: 1999 Cricket World Cup
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In 2000, Bangladesh made their debut Test appearance, hosting India in Dhaka. They lost by nine wickets.vetern batsman Aminul Islam Bulbul scored 145 in the first innings of the match.

Bangladesh played eight Tests in 2001. They toured Zimbabwe in April and lost both Tests. They lost two one-off Tests to Pakistan and Sri Lanka, both by an innings, before returning home for a two-Test series against Zimbabwe. In the first Test in Dhaka, they escaped with a draw after no play was possible on the final two days due to rain. They had been 213 runs behind in their second innings, with seven wickets in hand. After seven Tests, it was their first time the team had avoided defeat. Zimbabwe then won the second Test by 8 wickets. Bangladesh then made their first Test tour of New Zealand, losing both Tests by an innings.

Bangladesh played four series of two Tests each in 2002 against Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and the West Indies. They lost all eight matches, six of these by an innings.

In September, Bangladesh came very close to their first Test victory, when they lost to Pakistan by only one wicket. Also in the match, Alok Kapali took a hat-trick against the Pakistani batsmen.

In December, Bangladesh defeated India in their 100th ODI, this being only the third time that they beat a Test playing nation.

Early January, Bangladesh defeated Zimbabwe in their 35th Test, their first ever Test match victory. In the first Test of the series, Bangladesh defeated Zimbabwe by 226 runs in Chittagong Stadium. Bangladesh scored a huge total of 488 in their first innings. In reply, Zimbabwe were all out for only 312 for their first innings. Bangladesh declared in their second innings after scoring 204/9. Powered by a spirited spell from Enamul Haque Jr., who took 6/45, Bangladesh wrapped up Zimbabwe's innings for 154.
Bangladesh would have needed to get the fourth-highest fourth innings total to win in Test cricket history in the second Test of the series. They opted to play out the last four sessions playing conservatively and consequently secured a draw. This gave the team its first Test series win and triggered scenes of wild jubilation across the country. National coach Dav Whatmore was later quoted as saying that playing overly-aggressive cricket to try to win the Test would not have been a good idea.
Bangladesh also secured their first One Day International series win in the same tour. Despite losing the first two matches of the five-match series, they recovered to win the series 3-2.
On 18 June, Bangladesh scored an upset victory over Australia in a One Day International match in the NatWest Series. Australia scored 249/5 in 50 overs. In reply, Bangladesh reached 250 runs with four balls to spare. Mohammad Ashraful scored 100 runs off 101 balls, his first one-day century, while Aftab Ahmed hit a six in the first ball of the final over, and hit a single from the next ball to win the game by five wickets.

The first home One-Day International series of 2006 began with some optimism for Bangladesh, who registered their first-ever win against Sri Lanka in the second ODI of the series. At the end of March, Bangladesh played four ODIs against Kenya, winning all four. Then in April, they came very close to beating Australia in a Test match, taking a first-innings lead of 158, and eventually losing by only three wickets after bowler Mashrafe Mortaza dropped what could possibly have been a catch to turn the match around. Habibul Bashar, the Bangladesh captain, said of the catch "If [Mortaza] had taken it we could have seen a different situation, but I must say he tried hard and you all know that he is a whole-hearted cricketer".
At the end of July, Bangladesh toured Zimbabwe as the ODI series favourites but lost by three games to two. However, in August, the team defeated Kenya in all three matches of a series and subsequently went on to whitewash Zimbabwe in an ODI series staged in Bangladesh. That year, Shahriar Nafees became the first Bangladeshi to score over a thousand runs (which included three centuries) in a calendar year while Mashrafe Mortaza became the leading wicket-taker in the world in ODIs staged in 2006 with 49 wickets.

Bangladesh prepared for the World Cup with three series wins, defeating Zimbabwe 5–0 at home and 3–1 in Zimbabwe. They then played a series of matches against non-Test playing nations, defeating Scotland 2-0 at home and winning a tri-series undefeated against Canada and Bermuda.
On 17 March, in their first match of the 2007 Cricket World Cup, Bangladesh stunned India, a former world cup champion, with a five wicket victory in Port of Spain, Trinidad. This lead to the humiliating exit of India from the 2007 Cricket World Cup. On 21 March, though, they lost to Sri Lanka by 198 runs. However, on 25 March, Bangladesh recouped its loss by a 7 wicket win against Bermuda, advancing to the Super 8 round and cementing India's first-round elimination in the tournament. Bangladesh lost to Australia and New Zealand by big margins in the first two games of the Super 8 round. However, to prove that the win against India was no fluke, they pulled off an outstanding victory against South Africa by a convincing margin of 67 runs. Then they lost to England in a tense low-scoring game. The last two games were against Ireland and West Indies, both of which Bangladesh lost with the loss against Ireland causing a black spot in an otherwise remarkable tournament. [4]
On 2 June, Habibul Bashar, who had previously resigned as ODI captain, though he stated that he would like to retain the Test captaincy, was replaced as captain by Mohammad Ashraful in all forms of the game. Mashrafe Mortaza was appointed vice-captain.
End of 2007 Bangladesh toured New Zealand. Bangladesh was soundly beaten 3-0 in the one dayers. The third match at Queenstown was the largest defeat in the history of ODI cricket for a side batting first.

Mohammad Ashraful
Bangladesh started their year of 2008 by when they were touring in New Zealand. The Test matches were one sided, with Bangladesh losing 2-0.
South Africa toured Bangladesh in early 2008 and won all their matches, winning the Tests 2–0 and the ODIs 3–0. Bangladesh then beat non-Test playing Ireland 3–0 in an ODI series.
On 9 October 2008, Bangladesh recorded its first ever victory over New Zealand in an ODI winning by seven wickets in Mirpur further reinstating their reputation of being so called "giant killers". New Zealand ultimately recovered to win the series 2-1. What followed was a closely contested two-match Test series won by New Zealand 1–0. In the first test New Zealand collapsed badly in their first innings, where despite Shakib Al Hasan took 7/36. Bangladesh were then able to set New Zealand a challenging target of 317 for victory, which New Zealand narrowly achieved for the loss of 7 wickets. The second match was drawn due to rain.
In November, Bangladesh had a tour away to South Africa. They lost all their matches, in the only T20 match, 2–0 in the ODI series (with the third one being washed out due to rain) and 2–0 in the Test series. They only could become competitive in the Twenty20 and the first of the ODIs. Otherwise, glimpses of good performances were shown in an otherwise total disappointing tour.
In December, however, Bangladesh bounced back from the previous lacklustre performances by threatening to win the first Test match against Sri Lanka by chasing down the highest 4th innings of total of 513. Though they fell 107 runs short, their performances were praised but in the second match of the home series in January, Bangladesh fell to an innings defeat.

The year started with the innings defeat in the 2nd Test match against Sri Lanka. Then Zimbabwe joined the hosts and the Lankan team for a tri-series tournament, which proved to be more evenly matched than was expected. In the first match, Zimbabwe defeated Bangladesh by an excellent performance but then fell to defeat by a huge margin by Sri Lanka leaving Bangladesh needing to win against the Lankans in the last match in order to go through to the finals to join the Lankans, and that also with a bonus point. The hosts managed to do that thanks to a sparkling performance from the current No. 1 ODI all-rounder in the world Shakib Al Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza and the newcomer Rubel Hossain.
The final was one which managed to go down as one of the most entertaining matches ever in ODI cricket history. Sri Lanka bundled out the hosts for a mere 151 and were preparing for a straightforward win, only to be stunned by some deadly bowling performances from Mashrafe Mortaza and Nazmul Hossain which saw the Lankans to be reduced to a shocking 6/5, which was the lowest total for a team to lose five wickets at. Then Kumar Sangakkara appeared to take the game away from the hosts, but Shakib Al Hasan struck with two quick wickets reducing the Lankans to 114/8. And then just when the Bangladeshis were getting the sniff of their first major ODI series win, an unlikely and equally enthralling hitting display from the Sri Lankan legendary offspinner Muttiah Muralitharan snatched the victory away from the tearful hosts. Shakib Al Hasan was announced as the man of the tournament, which barely consolated the Bangladesh team which performed out of their skin only to let it slip at the end.
After the World T20 championships in England, the selectors appointed Mashrafe Mortaza as the new captain of the team for the tour to the West Indies so that Ashraful could focus on his batting.[6] The two Test series was played amidst controversy when a pay dispute between the West Indian players and the West Indies Cricket Board led a number of West Indian players boycotting the series, which forced the West Indies to select a number of inexperienced players as replacements.Bangladesh went on to win both of the Tests, wining the first Test by 95 runs and the second by four wickets.In the process they achieved their first ever overseas Test series victory.In the One Day International series which followed Bangladesh secured their first ever One Day International win against the West Indies at the 14th attempt.They finished the ODI series 3-0 against the weakened West Indies side, but lost the only Twenty20 match.

In January, Bangladesh hosted a tri-series ODI tournament with India and Sri Lanka. They failed to win a match and went out of the tournament. Missing Mashrafe Mortaza, the team's bowling was very poor, though the batting was good, amassing over 200 runs in every match. They lost the two match Test series against India by 2-0.
In March 2010, England visited Bangladesh to play three ODIs and two Test matches. Bangladesh lost all their ODIs and Tests in the series.
In April, Bangladesh took part in the 2010 World Twenty20. Although they came close to beating Australia, after bowling them out for 141, they lost all their matches and failed to progress to the Super Eights stage. In May and June, Bangladesh played two Test matches against England, this time in England, losing both, although Tamim Iqbal scored two centuries in the series. Between the Tests and ODIs against England, Bangladesh took part in the 2010 Asia Cup during June, but lost all their matches.
In the ODI series, England comfortably won the first match. However, in the second match at Bristol, Bangladesh beat England for the first time in international cricket (England were the only Test playing nation yet to be beaten by Bangladesh), bowling England out in the final over to win by five runs.
In October Bangladesh managed to defeat the New Zealand cricket team for the second time in a rain affected game at Mirpur, Dhaka. Bangladesh scored 228 runs and then bowled out New Zealand for 200 securing a 9 runs victory by D\L method. In the 3rd match of the home series against New Zealand Bangladesh continued their tremendous form and thrashed the Kiwis by 7 wickets. As the 2nd match was washed out due to rain Bangladesh took a 2-0 lead in the series. Victory in this match ensured that the Tigers will at least end the series with a draw. But the tigers were in no mood for a draw when they took the field for the fourth ODI in Dhaka. Thanks to a valiant century by the skipper Shakib Al Hasan Bangladesh gathered 241 runs before being all out. In reply New Zealand started to loose wickets in regular intervals. An amazing show of determined bowling and fielding by the Bangladeshis forced the Kiwis to give in despite a brave century by Ken Williamson. This was the first instance of Bangladesh winning a series against a full powered top test side. In the final game, Bangladesh continued their winning race beating New Zealand by 3 runs and winning the series by 4- 0. This remarkable achievement by the Tigers reinforced the idea that they are now in a transitional period to become a superpower of the cricket world. In December, Bangladesh played a 5- match ODI series against Zimbabwe and win it by 3-1. The fourth ODI was declared abandoned due to heavy rain overnight and wet outfield.

The future
Bangladesh team is returning to the dressing room at the
Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, Dhaka.
Bangladeshi former captain Habibul Bashar and former coach Dav Whatmore have said that they hope Bangladesh will become a serious cricketing contender by 2010. Despite cricket's enormous popularity with the Bangladeshi people this ambition has yet to be achieved, although the side has recently shown sides of more consistently competitive performances in ODI cricket. Bangladesh's U19 team, the stepping stone before the International Test scene, regularly performs well against established Test nation's U19 teams. In the recent 2006 U-19 Cricket World Cup, Bangladesh were one of the favourites to win beforehand, but fell in the quarter finals to England U19.
Many have criticized Bangladesh's elevation to Test Status. The country's supporters defend Bangladesh's elevation to top flight cricket by pointing out that it took New Zealand, now a strong international side in both forms of the game, 20 years to win its first Test match. Bangladesh's detractors however cite the team's long track record of heavy defeat as a sign they are not yet ready for Test cricket. Possibly due to these doubts about Bangladesh's ability to compete at the highest level, Bangladesh will only get the opportunity to play 41 Tests through 2006–2012 (the least among full ICC members with the sole exception of Zimbabwe), according to the recently publicised ICC Future Tours Programme.
India, which strongly supported Bangladesh’s bid for Test status in 2001, is the only full member nation not to invite Bangladesh to play on its own soil, even though India is due to tour Bangladesh three times between 2006 and 2012. Bangladesh has yet to play a Test on Indian soil. Some have suggested that India, which will be one of the busiest cricketing nations during this period, did not schedule to play Bangladesh because of time conflicts and fear of player fatigue. However, this still strengthens the notion that Bangladesh is not on an even footing with other Test playing nations when it comes to securing regular international fixtures. For example, Bangladesh usually plays only two Tests in a Test series, while most other countries play three or more matches. Dhaka Premier League

Current Squad

Name Age Batting Style Bowling Style Domestic Team Forms of Cricket S/N
Test, ODI and T20 Captain; All-Rounder
Shakib Al Hasan 24 Left-Handed Bat Slow Left-Arm Orthodox Worcestershire Test,ODI,T20 75
Test, ODI and T20 Vice-Captain; Opening Batsman
Tamim Iqbal 21 Left-Handed Bat Slow Left-Arm Orthodox Chittagong Division Test,ODI,T20 29
Opening Batsmen
Shahriar Nafees 25 Left-Handed Bat Slow Left-Arm Orthodox Dhaka Division Test,ODI,T20 42
Imrul Kayes 23 Left-Handed Bat Right-Arm Off-Break Khulna Division Test,ODI,T20 62
Junaid Siddique 23 Left-Handed Bat Right-Arm Off-Break Rajshahi Division Test,ODI,T20 31
Middle Order Batsmen
Raqibul Hasan 23 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Leg-Break Barisal Division Test,ODI 71
Mohammad Ashraful 26 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Leg-Break Dhaka Division Test,ODI,T20 7
Sabbir Rahman 19 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Leg-Break Rajshahi Division T20 76
Mahmudullah 24 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Off-Break Dhaka Division Test,ODI,T20 30
Naeem Islam 24 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Off-Break Rajshahi Division ODI,T20 77
Alok Kapali 27 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Leg-Break Sylhet Division Test,ODI 35
Mushfiqur Rahim 22 Right-Handed Bat — Rajshahi Division Test,ODI,T20 9
Jahurul Islam 24 Right-Handed Bat — Rajshahi Division Test,ODI 15
Pace Bowlers
Mashrafe Mortaza 27 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Fast-Medium Khulna Division Test,ODI,T20 2
Shahadat Hossain 24 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Medium-Fast Dhaka Division Test,ODI 59
Shafiul Islam 24 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Medium-Fast Rajshahi Division Test,ODI,T20 13
Rubel Hossain 21 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Medium-Fast Chittagong Division ODI,T20 34
Syed Rasel 26 Left-Handed Bat Left-Arm Medium-Fast Khulna Division ODI,T20 47
Nazmul Hossain 23 Right-Handed Bat Right-Arm Medium-Fast Sylhet Division Test,ODI 90
Spin Bowlers
Abdur Razzak 28 Left-Handed Bat Slow Left-Arm Orthodox Khulna Division Test,ODI,T20 41
Suhrawadi Shuvo 22 Left-Handed Bat Slow Left-Arm Orthodox Rajshahi Division ODI,T20 51
Enamul Haque jnr 24 Right-Handed Bat Slow Left-Arm Orthodox Sylhet Division Test 45

Coaching Staff
Team Operations Manager : Tanjib Ahsan Saad
Head Coach & Batting Coach : Jamie Siddons
Bowling Coach : Ian Pont
Fielding Coach : Julien Fountain
Strength and Conditioning Coach : Grant Trafford Luden
Team Physiotherapist : Michael Lawrence Henry
Team Psychologists : Dr. Soumendra Saha & Dr. Srilekha Saha
Computer Analyst : Nasir Ahmed Nasu
Media Manager : Rabeed Imam

Tournament History

World Cup
1975: Not eligible - Not an ICC member
1999: First Round
2003: First Round
2007: Second Round (7th Place)
ICC World Twenty20
2007: Second Round
2009: First Round
2010: First Round
ICC Champions Trophy
2002: First Round
2004: Second Round
2006: First Round
2008: Not eligible: Only top 8 teams competed
ICC Knockout
1998: Did not participate
2000: First Round
Commonwealth Games
1998: First Round
ICC Trophy
1979: Third Round
1983: Semi Finals
1986: First Round
1990: Semi Finals
1994: Quarter Finals
1997: Winners
Asian Test Championship
2001/02: First Round
Asia Cup
1984: Did not participate
1986: First Round
1988: First Round
1990/91: First Round
1995: First Round
1997: First Round
2000: First Round
2004: Second Round
ACC Trophy
1996: Winners
1998: Winners
2000 onwards: Not eligible - Now an ICC full member
Australasia Cup
1986: Did not participate
1990: Did not participate
1994: Did not participate
South Asian Games
2010 South Asian Games,Men Cricket: Champion(Gold Winner)
Asian Games
2010 Asian Games,Men Cricket: Champion(Gold Winner)
2010 Asian Games,Women Cricket: Runners-up(Silver Winner)

National Records of Bangladesh

Bangladeshi players celebrate the dismissal of an opening Zimbabwean partnership, at Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, Dhaka.

Batting and Individual records
Test Matches
Highest team total - 488 all out against Zimbabwe in 2005.
Highest aggregate of runs - Habibul Bashar (3026) in 50 matches at an average of 30.87.
Highest individual score - 158* by Mohammad Ashraful against India in 2004.
Highest partnership - 200 for the second wicket by Tamim Iqbal (151) & Junaid Siddique (55) against India in 2010.
Most number of centuries - Mohammad Ashraful (5) in 48 matches.
Most number of half centuries - Habibul Bashar (27) in 50 matches.
Most number of dismissals (wicket-keeping) - Khaled Mashud (87 dismissals) in 44 matches.
Most number of catches (excludes wicket-keeping) - Habibul Bashar (24) in 55 matches.
Highest average (qualification 20 inns.) - Tamim Iqbal (40.13)
Most number of matches played - Mohammad Ashraful (55).
Most number of matches as captain - Habibul Bashar (18) from 2004 to 2007.
ODI Matches
Highest team total - 320/8 against Zimbabwe, at Bulawayo on August 11, 2009.
Highest aggregate of runs - Mohammed Ashraful (3360) in 162 matches at an average of 23.49.
Highest individual score - 154 by Tamim Iqbal against Zimbabwe, at Bulawayo in 2009.
Highest partnership - 175* for the fourth wicket by Habibul Bashar (64) & Rajin Saleh (108) against Kenya in 2006.
Most number of centuries - Shakib Al Hasan (5) in 102 matches.
Most number of half centuries - Mohammad Ashraful (23) in 162 matches.
Most number of dismissals (wicket-keeping) - Khaled Mashud (126 dismissals) in 126 matches.
Most number of catches (excludes wicket-keeping) - Mashrafe Mortaza (36) in 116 matches.
Highest average (qualification 30 inns.) - Shakib Al Hasan (34.98).
Highest number of sixes in a match - Tamim Iqbal (7).
Highest number of sixes in a career - Aftab Ahmed (49) in 80 matches.
Most number of matches played - Mohammad Ashraful (162).
Most number of matches as captain - Habibul Bashar (69) from 2004 to 2007.
T20I Matches
Highest team total - 166 all out against Zimbabwe in 2006.
Highest aggregate of runs - Mohammad Ashraful (265) in 15 matches at an average of 17.66.
Highest individual score - 81(50) by Nazimuddin against Pakistan in 2007.
Highest partnership - 109 for the third wicket by Aftab Ahmed (62*) & Mohammad Ashraful (61) against West Indies in 2007.
Most number of half centuries - Mohammad Ashraful (2) .
Most number of dismissals (wicket-keeping) - Mushfiqur Rahim (14 dismissals) in 15 matches.
Most number of catches (excludes wicket-keeping) - Mahmudullah (6) .
Highest average (qualification 5 inns.) - Junaid Siddique (26.80).
Most number of matches played - Mohammad Ashraful, Mushfiqur Rahim (15).
Most number of matches as captain - Mohammad Ashraful (11) .

Bowling records
Test Matches
Most number of wickets - 100 by Mohammad Rafique at 40.76 in 33 matches.
Best individual bowling - 7/36 by Shakib Al Hasan against New Zealand in 2008.
Best bowling in a match - 12/200 by Enamul Haque Jr against Zimbabwe in 2005.
Most number of 10 wicket hauls - Enamul Haque Jr (1).
Most number of 5 wicket hauls - Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Rafique (7).
Best average (qualification 50 overs bowled) - 32.13 by Shakib Al Hasan.
Best Strike Rate (qualification 50 overs) - 62.1 by Mahmudullah .
ODI Matches
Most number of wickets - 162 by Abdur Razzak at 26.90 in 111 matches.
Best individual bowling - 6/26 by Mashrafe Mortaza against Kenya in 2006.
Most number of 5 wicket hauls - Abdur Razzak (3).
Best average (qualification 50 overs) - 26.90 by Abdur Razzak.
Best Strike Rate (qualification 50 overs) - 30.1 by Shafiul Islam.
T20I Matches
Most number of wickets - 20 by Abdur Razzak at 16.40 in 13 matches.
Best individual bowling - 4/16 by Abdur Razzak against South Africa in 2008.
Best average (qualification 20 overs) - 16.40 by Abdur Razzak.
Best Strike Rate (qualification 20 overs) - 14.7 by Abdur Razzak.


Kenya national cricket team

Cricket Kenya Logo
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ICC membership granted1981
ICC member statusAssociate with ODI status
ICC development regionAfrica
World Cricket LeaguedivisionOne
World Cricket League Africa RegiondivisionOne
CaptainMaurice Ouma
CoachEldine Baptiste
First recorded match1 December 1951 v Tanzaniaat Nairobi
One Day Internationals
ODI matches played99
ODI wins/losses27/65
First class cricket
First class matches played35
First class wins/losses5/12
List A cricket
List A matches played151
List A wins/losses49/89
ICC World Cup Qualifier
Appearances5, plus one as part of East Africa (First in 1982 (played as part of East Africa in 1979))
Best resultRunners up, 1994 and 1997
As of 26 May 2007
The Kenya national cricket team is the team that represents the country of Kenya in international cricket matches. They are considered one of the strongest of the associate member nations of the International Cricket Council, especially since reaching the semi-final of the 2003 Cricket World Cup. They currently have One Day International status until 2013.

Early days
Cricket was brought to Kenya by colonial settlers, the British and was first played in Mombasa from where it spread inland.
Too poor to afford bats, the first game of cricket played by the Kenyan National Cricket team, all players bar the wicket keeper used tree trunks instead, the wicket keeper, Henry Guwambe, opted to use two stumps tied together with a banana skin.
The first match took place in Mombasa was in 1899, in 1910 a three-day fixture between Officials and Settlers started, this remained the highlight of the domestic calendar until 1964. Another important Fixture was Europeans v Asians which began in 1933.
Kenya's international cricket started in 1951 when regular matches against Tanzania (then Tanganyika) and Uganda began. The first international game was in 1951 when Kenya played Tanganyika (captained by C. de L. Innis, the West Indian representative) 1952 saw a Natal team, Russell Endean scoring a century.
In 1953 the Kenyan Cricket Association was formed, This was the colony's first inter-racial organisation.
Touring teams of varying standard continued over the years, including a team of South African Non-Europeans captained by Basil D'Oliviera in 1958. The South Africans won both matches against Kenya on the tour, in addition to a match against East Africa.

East Africa team
East Africa cricket team
Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda combined to form the East Africa cricket team, which became an associate member of the ICC in 1966. They continued playing amongst themselves, and were joined by Zambia in a quadrangular tournament played annually between 1966 and 1980.
India toured East Africa in 1967 and played a three-day match against Kenya on 5 August, which was drawn. Various tours of, and by, East Africa continued, including a tour of England in 1972 and a first-class match between East Africa and the MCC at Nairobi Gymkhana Club in 1974 before East Africa took part in the first Cricket World Cup.
The 1975 Cricket World Cup took place in England, and East Africa were one of two non-test teams invited to the tournament, the other being Sri Lanka. Kenya provided half of the fourteen man squad for the tournament. After warm-up matches against Somerset, Wales, Glamorgan and various club sides, they played in the same first round group as England, India and New Zealand, losing to all three. The World Cup was followed by a first-class match against Sri Lanka at the County Ground, Taunton.
East Africa then took part in the 1979 ICC Trophy, the first ICC Trophy tournament, but did not progress beyond the first round, thus missing out on qualification for the 1979 World Cup.

ICC Membership
Long considered the strongest part of the East Africa team,Kenya broke away in 1981 and joined the ICC in their own right as an associate member,shortly after a tour of Zimbabwe in 1980/81. They played two three-day matches against Zimbabwe on that tour, losing both. Kenya played in the ICC Trophy in their own right in 1982, 1986,and 1990,also playing their first first-class match against Pakistan B in September 1986.

1996 World Cup
The 1994 ICC Trophy was hosted in Nairobi and Kenya finished as runners-up to the UAE, thus qualifying for the 1996 World Cup. Kenya then played at home against India A in August 1995, and went on a tour to South Africa in September/October that year, before playing in the World Cup, which was to bring Kenyan cricket to a much wider audience, and catapult them into the spotlight.
Kenya were in the same group as Australia, India, Sri Lanka, the West Indies and Zimbabwe. In what at the time was described as the most startling upsets in the history of the World Cup, Kenya bowled out the West Indies for just 93 and won by 73 runs.

ODI status
Following their World Cup performance, Kenya were given full ODI status by the ICC, and hosted a quadrangular tournament against Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka in September/October 1996. The Netherlands toured in December, playing four one-day matches, with the Kenyans winning them all.They played in the quarter finals of South Africa's Standard Bank Cup in March 1997, losing to Natal by 104 runs at Kingsmead. Following this was the 1997 ICC Trophy, hosted in Malaysia.Kenya reached the final, where they lost to Bangladesh by two wickets. This was followed by a tri-series against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in October the same year in Nairobi.
England A were the first opposition in 1998, touring Kenya in January. A three-day match was drawn, with England A winning the only one-day match that was not abandoned due to the weather. After this was another spot in the quarter final of the Standard Bank Cup, this time losing to Gauteng by 8 wickets.Kenya visited India in May, playing a triangular ODI series against Bangladesh and India. In the final match of the round-robin stage, Kenya beat India by 69 runs. Kenya then competed in the cricket tournament at the 1998 Commonwealth Games. Drawn in the same first round group as New Zealand, Pakistan and Scotland, Kenya only beat the Scots, and finished third in the points table for the group.
Kenya warmed up for the 1999 World Cup with a triangular series in Bangladesh against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. In the 1999 World Cup itself, they were placed in the same first round group as England, India, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. Following warm-up games against Somerset, Gloucestershire and Glamorgan, they lost all five of their games in the tournament proper.Following the World Cup, they played a quadrangular tournament at home against India, South Africa and Zimbabwe, again losing all their games.
The 21st century started for Kenya with a visit to Zimbabwe to play in the ICC Emerging Nations Tournament against Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Scotland and Zimbabwe A. Kenya won the tournamentand took this form onto a seven match tour of India on which they lost just one game. Pakistan A toured Kenya in July, playing a five match one-day series and a four-day first-class match. The four-day match was drawn, and Kenya won the one-day series 4-1. The 2000 ICC KnockOut Trophy was played in Nairobi in October, with Kenya falling to India at the first hurdle.
The first opponents for Kenya in 2001 were Sri Lanka A, who toured Kenya in January, playing two first-class matches and four one-day matches. Both first-class matches were drawn, and Sri Lanka A won the first two one-day games, with the final two being abandoned.The West Indies came in August for two first-class games and a three match ODI series. The first first-class game was won by the West Indies, with the second being drawn, and the three ODIs all went the way of the visitors. Kenya then played an ODI triangular tournament in South Africa in October, playing against India and the hosts, and picked up a second ODI win over the Indians.Zimbabwe A toured Kenya towards the end of the year, losing a first-class series 1-0 and a one-day series 3-2.
Kenya toured Sri Lanka in early 2002, playing three first-class and three one-day matches against Sri Lanka A. Sri Lanka A won all three of the first-class games, but Kenya won the one-day series 2-1. The MCC toured Kenya shortly after this, playing one three-day match and six one-day matches against the national side. Five of the one-day matches went the way of the Kenyans before the sixth one-day match and the three-day match were abandoned. Kenya then played in the ICC 6 Nations Challenge tournament in Windhoek, Namibia, playing against Canada, Namibia, the Netherlands, Sri Lanka A and Zimbabwe A.Kenya won the tournament, beating Sri Lanka A by 3 wickets in the final. In August/September, Kenya hosted an ODI triangular tournament against Australia and Pakistan, losing all four of their matches. This was followed by a place in the 2002 ICC Champions Trophy, though Kenya lost to the West Indies and South Africa, failing to progress beyond the first round.
Namibia toured Kenya in November, playing four one-day games. Kenya won the series 2-1, with one game being abandoned. Kenya then toured Zimbabwe to round off the year, playing three one-day matches against Zimbabwe A, and a three-match ODI series against the full Zimbabwean side. Zimbabwe won the ODI series 2-0, with one match finishing in a no result, and Zimbabwe A won their series against Kenya 2-1.

2003 World Cup and decline
The 2003 Cricket World Cup was to be Kenya's finest moment in international cricket to date. The tournament was to be held in South Africa, with Kenya hosting their two matches against Sri Lanka and New Zealand. The tournament started with a defeat to South Africa, but Kenya bounced back with a four wicket win over Canada in Cape Town. New Zealand forfeited their match against Kenya in Nairobi due to safety concerns, but Sri Lanka did visit Nairobi and lost by 53 runs. The tournament continued, back in South Africa, with a win over Bangladesh and a defeat to the West Indies. Kenya had done enough to qualify for the Super Six stage, becoming the first non-test nation to progress beyond the first round of the World Cup. In the Super Six stage, they lost to India and Australia,but beat Zimbabwe by seven wickets, qualifying for the semi-final, where they lost to India by 91 runs.
Kenya's World Cup success was rewarded with a spot in a quadrangular tournament at the Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium against Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, but they lost all three of their games.
Kenya's failure in the above tournament is perhaps indicative of how they failed to capitalise on their World Cup success, though it must be said that not all of that failure was on the field. Although Kenya were given plenty of matches against national A sides, and played in the Carib Beer Cup in the West Indies in 2004.Kenya only played two ODIs in the three years after the Sharjah tournament, against India and Pakistan in the 2004 ICC Champions Trophy.
Off-field setbacks also occurred. Maurice Odumbe was banned for match-fixing in August 2004,and a series of strikes by players led to a weakened Kenyan side being eliminated from the inaugural ICC Intercontinental Cup at the semi-final stage by Scotland. By the end of the dispute in 2005, Kenyan cricket had no sponsors and was in virtual international isolation. At that stage the governing body had dissolved internally and Kenyan cricket opportunities were limited and international cricket for them had virtually ceased.


2005 to 2007
A rebuilding process began in 2005. The player strikes ceased, and Kenya again reached the semi-finals of the Intercontinental Cup. They warmed up for the semi-finals in Windhoek with a tour of Zimbabwe, to play two first-class and one one-day match against Zimbabwe A. They won all three of those games, and drew against Bermuda in the semi-final of the 2005 ICC Intercontinental Cup but lost to Ireland in the final, despite scoring 404/4 in their first innings.
In early 2006, the Kenya Cricket Association was disbanded and replaced by Cricket Kenya. The rebuilding process was in full swing as Kenya began playing ODI cricket again. Their return to ODI cricket was a five match series against Zimbabwe, which was drawn 2-2 with one match abandoned. This was followed by a four match ODI series against Bangladesh, with Kenya losing all four matches in that series.Their 2006 ICC Intercontinental Cup campaign got off to a poor start with a draw against the Netherlands and a defeat to Canada, but they bounced right back with two ODI wins over Canada at the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club.Bangladesh toured Kenya in August, winning all three ODIs, before an Intercontinental Cup draw against Bermuda and three ODI wins over Bermuda.
A triangular tournament in Mombasa against Canada and Scotland began Kenya's 2007 and Kenya won the tournament. They then hosted Division One of the World Cricket League at three grounds in Nairobi, playing against Bermuda, Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands and Scotland. Kenya also won this event, beating Scotland in the final. This was followed by the 2007 World Cup, Kenya's fourth World Cup. Kenya beat Canada in the first round, but lost to England and New Zealand, thus missing out on the Super Eight stage.
In October 2007, either side of Intercontinental Cup games, Kenya hosted Canada and then Bermuda in ODIs. Kenya won five straight matches, with strong bowling performances setting up relatively comfortable chases batting second.

2008 to 2009
In August 2008, after a break of nine months without a One Day or Twenty20 International, Kenya toured Ireland, Scotland and the Netherlands for various series. It proved a disappointing tour overall, with rain and poor Kenyan batting performances being the main themes.
Kenya initially participated in the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the associate qualification tournament for the 2009 ICC World Twenty20. One of the favourites at the start of the tournament, they finished second in Group B with a loss to the Netherlands and a win over Canada, but losses to Ireland and Scotland in the knock-out stages meant that they finished fourth and thus failed to qualify for the World Twenty20.
Kenya then participated in three ODI series across Europe, but these merely resulted in two wash-outs against Scotland, defeat in a rain-affected one-off match to the Netherlands, and losing a three-match series against Ireland 1-0 with two matches affected by rain.
In October 2008, Kenya hosted Ireland and Zimbabwe in an ODI series in Nairobi, but after a loss to Ireland and a win over Zimbabwe, their last three matches were all abandoned due to rain.[85] After this washed-out series, Kenya then travelled to South Africa for two ODI matches, losing both games easily.
In late January and early February 2009, Kenya played five ODIs at home against Zimbabwe, but lost all of them.
Since the World Cup, a team known as Kenya Select has taken part in Zimbabwe's Logan Cup competition, but did not win a game, also losing to Zimbabwe A.

Tournament History

World Cup
Year Rank
1975 First round (as part of East Africa)
1979 Did not qualify (as part of East Africa)
1983 Did not qualify
1996 First round
2003 Semi-final
2007 First round

ICC Champions Trophy
Year Rank
1998 Did not participate
2000 First round
2002 First round
2004 First round
2006 Did not participate
2009 Did not participate

ICC World Twenty20
Year Rank
2007 First Round
2009 Did not qualify
2010 Did not qualify

ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier
Year Rank
2008 4th place

ICC Intercontinental Cup

Year Rank
2004 Semi Final
2005 Runners-up
2006 First round
2007-8 2nd Runners up

World Cricket League
Year Rank
2007 Division One winners

ICC 6 Nations Challenge
Year Rank
2000 Won
2002 Won
2004 Did not participate

ICC Trophy
Year Rank
1979 First round (as part of East Africa)
1982 First round
1990 Semi-finals
1994 Runners up
2001 Did not participate

Commonwealth Games
Year Rank
1998 First round


One-day internationals
Highest team total: 347/3 v Bangladesh, 10 October 1997 at Nairobi, Kenya
Highest individual innings: 144, Kennedy Otieno v Bangladesh, 10 October 1997 at Nairobi, Kenya
Best innings bowling: 5/24, Collins Obuya v Sri Lanka, 24 February 2003 at Nairobi, Kenya
Most ODI runs for Kenya
Player Runs Average
Steve Tikolo 3167 31.35
Thomas Odoyo 2026 24.40
Kennedy Otieno 2016 23.44
Ravindu Shah 1506 27.88
Maurice Odumbe 1409 26.09
Hitesh Modi 1109 23.59
Most ODI wickets for Kenya
Player Wickets Average
Thomas Odoyo 111 31.24
Steve Tikolo 86 31.43
Peter Ongondo 74 28.55
Hiren Varaiya 45 25.77
Martin Suji 43 50.93
Maurice Odumbe 39 46.33

ICC Trophy
Highest team total: 318/5 v Bermuda, 1 March 1994 at Nairobi, Kenya[103]
Highest individual innings: 158 not out, Maurice Odumbe v Bermuda, 1 March 1994 at Nairobi, Kenya
Best innings bowling: 5/7, Martin Suji v USA, 30 March at University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Current Squad
The following table lists the 15 players in Kenya's squad for the 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifier.
Name Age Batting Style Bowling Style ODI matches FC matches S/N Notes
Captain and Wicketkeeper
Maurice Ouma 28 RHB OB 47 17 Appointed captain in 2009
Vice-captain and All-rounder
Jimmy Kamande 32 RHB OB 61 11
Opening Batsmen
Alex Obanda 23 RHB RMF 18
David Obuya 31 RHB 62 21
Seren Waters 20 RHB LB 11 1
Middle Order Batsmen
Steve Tikolo 39 RHB OB 117 5 Stepped down as captain in 2009
Rajesh Bhudia 26 RHB RM 5
Collins Obuya 29 RHB LB 65 13
Rakep Patel 21 RHB OB 7
Thomas Odoyo 32 RHB RMF 112 00
Kennedy Otieno 38 RHB 88 28
Nehemiah Odhiambo 27 RHB RMF 33 35
Peter Ongondo 33 RHB RFM 71 77
Lameck Onyango 37 RHB RM 20
Elijah Otieno 23 RHB RMF 7
Tony Suji 34 RHB RM 60 09
Hiren Varaiya 26 RHB SLO 37 84