Italy national cricket team

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Italy
Italian Cricket Federation logo
Italian Cricket Federation logo
ICC membership granted 1984
ICC member status Associate member
ICC development region Europe
World Cricket League division Four
Captain Alessandro Bonora
Coach Vince Lombardi
First recorded match 15 July 1996 v Ireland at Copenhagen, Denmark
Twenty20 cricket
Twenty20 matches played 17
Twenty20 wins/losses 6/11
ICC World Cup Qualifier
Appearances 1 (plus a withdrawal in 2001) (First in 1997)
Best result 21st place, 1997
As of 8 September 2014

The Italy national cricket team is the team that represents the country of Italy in international cricket matches. They have been an associate member of the International Cricket Council since 1995, having previously been an affiliate member since 1984.[1] The Italian national cricket team is administered by the Federazione Cricket Italiana (Italian Cricket Federation).

They are currently ranked 26th in the world by the ICC, and are ranked fourth amongst European non-Test teams.[2] They are in Division Four of the World Cricket League[3] and Division One of the European Championship.[4] Italy won their first major international tournament when they won the 2013 ICC European T20 Championship Division One, and remain the current European T20 champions.

History[edit]

Early history[edit]

The earliest mention of cricket in Italy is of a match played by Captain Morgan's sailors in Bayside, NY in 1793. Around the end of the 19th century, several combined cricket and association football clubs formed, including the world famous A.C. Milan, which was originally the Milan Cricket and Football Club and the first Italian football team Genoa Cricket and Football Club, which was originally the Genoa Cricket & Athletic Club. But these clubs soon forgot about cricket and concentrated on football. Cricket started to be revived after the Second World War.[5]

Modern history[edit]

The "Federazione Cricket Italiana" (Italian Cricket Federation) was formed in 1980,[5] and they became an affiliate member of the ICC in 1984, and were promoted to associate member in 1995.[1]

In 1996, Italy took part in the first European Championship in Denmark, finishing seventh after beating Israel in a play-off.[6] They took part in the ICC Trophy for the first time in the 1997 tournament and performed poorly, finishing joint last out of the 22 participants.[7] They finished fifth in the following years European Championship.[8]

In 1999, Italy took part in a quadrangular tournament in Gibraltar also featuring France and Israel.[9] They won the tournament, beating the hosts in the final.[10] They finished fifth in Division One of the European Championship the following year[11] and were due to participate in the 2001 ICC Trophy, but pulled out at the last minute due to a dispute over the eligibility of four players.[12]

The 2002 European Championship saw Italy finish sixth in Division One,[13] relegating them to Division Two for 2004, which they promptly won.[14] This qualified them for the repêchage tournament for the 2005 ICC Trophy in early 2005 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. They finished seventh in that tournament after beating Zambia in a play-off.[15]

They took part in Division One of the European Championship in 2006, finishing fifth.[16] In May/June 2007, they travelled to Darwin, Australia to take part in Division Three of the World Cricket League. They finished seventh after beating Fiji in a play-off, and played in Division Four of the World Cricket League in 2008 to come 3rd and remained in 2010 ICC World Cricket League Division Four.[3] They came 2nd there to be promoted to 2011 ICC World Cricket League Division Three,where they came 4th to remain in 2013 ICC World Cricket League Division Three. They have a chance of reaching the 2015 Cricket World Cup, if it finishes in the top two in the 2013 ICC World Cricket League Division Three, and then in the top two of the 2013 Cricket World Cup Qualifier. An encouraging start to this tournament has witnessed wins over Oman (9 wickets) and United States (8 runs), followed by defeats, narrowly to Ireland (2 wickets) and more comprehensively against Kenya (7 wickets). After finishing last in this tournament they will be relegated to Division Four in 2014

In November 2013 they competed in the 2013 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in the U.A.E their highest level of competition to date. They finished 9th place with victories over the USA, and higher ranked opponents in U.A.E and Namibia.

Tournament record[edit]

World Twenty20 Qualifier[edit]

  • 2013: 9th place

World Cricket League[edit]

ICC Trophy[edit]

  • 1979: Not eligible – not an ICC member[1]
  • 1982: Not eligible – not an ICC member[1]
  • 1986 to 1994 inclusive: Not eligible – ICC affiliate member[1]
  • 1997: equal 21st place[7]
  • 2001: Withdrew (see above)[12]
  • 2005: Did not qualify[17]
  • 2009: Did not qualify
  • 2014: Did not qualify

European Championship[edit]

  • 1996: 7th place[6]
  • 1998: 5th place[8]
  • 2000: 5th place (Division One)[11]
  • 2002: 6th place (Division One)[13]
  • 2004: Division Two winners[14]
  • 2006: 5th place (Division One)[16]
  • 2008: 5th place (Division One)
  • 2010: 6th place (Division One)

European T20 Championship Division One[edit]

  • 2011: 2nd place
  • 2013: 1st place

Personnel[edit]

Squad[edit]

The following list contains the fourteen players in Italy's squad for the 2014 ICC World Cricket League Division Four[18]


Name Age Batting style Bowling style FC ODD Notes
Captain
Damian Crowley 25 Right-handed n/a - - Occasional wicketkeeper
Batsmen
Alessandro Bonora 36 Right-handed Right medium - -
Joy Perera 27 Right-handed Right medium - - Occasional wicketkeeper
Michael Raso 34 Left-handed Off break - -
Wicket-keeper
Andy Northcote 31 Right-handed Off break 2 -
All-rounder
Tharindu Fernando 27 Right-handed Right medium - -
Gareth Berg 33 Right-handed Right medium-fast 71 59 Plays for Middlesex
Fida Hussain 26 Right-handed Right medium - -
Dinidu Marage 33 Right-handed Leg break 22
Carl Sandri 31 Right-handed Off break - - Plays for Sydney Thunder
Bowlers
Dilan Fernando 29 Left-handed Right medium - -
Luis di Giglio 25 Right-handed Left medium - -
Madupa Fernando 23 Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox - -
Gayashan Munasinghe 28 Right-handed Right medium=fast - -
Vincenzo Pennazza 30 Right-handed Left medium - -

Records[edit]

Statistics for Italian cricketers in 50 over World Cricket League matches and European regional competitions, as of 29 July 2014

Highest scores


Best bowling figures


Other players[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Italy at CricketArchive
  2. ^ ICC's one-day rankings
  3. ^ a b Uganda lift Division Three title by Andrew Nixon, 2 June 2007 at CricketEurope
  4. ^ Ireland to host European Championship ICC Europe Media Release, 3 October 2007
  5. ^ a b Article about Italian cricket
  6. ^ a b 1996 European Championship at CricketEurope
  7. ^ a b 1997 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
  8. ^ a b 1998 European Championship at CricketEurope
  9. ^ 1999 Gibraltar quadrangular at Cricinfo
  10. ^ Scorecard of Gibraltar v Italy, 25 September 1999 at Cricinfo
  11. ^ a b 2000 European Championship at CricketEurope
  12. ^ a b Italy Withdraws from ICC Trophy, ICC Media Release, 25 June 2001
  13. ^ a b 2002 European Championship Official site, results section
  14. ^ a b 2004 European Championship Division Two results, European Cricket Council website
  15. ^ Scorecard of Italy v Zambia, 27 February 2005 at CricketArchive
  16. ^ a b 2006 European Championship Division One at CricketEurope
  17. ^ ICC Trophy matches played by Italy at CricketArchive
  18. ^ "ICC World Cricket League Division Four, 2014 Concovati". espncricinfo. Retrieved June 2, 2014. 

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