Kuwait national cricket team

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Kuwait
Kuwait
Kuwait
ICC membership granted 1998
ICC member status Associate member
ICC development region Asia
World Cricket League division Six
Captain Hisham Mirza
Coach Sameer Desai
First recorded match 15 November 2000 v Singapore at Dubai (Note: The Kuwait Under 17 team played a match earlier in the year)
As of 23 November 2009

The Kuwait national cricket team is the team that represents the country of Kuwait in international cricket matches. They have been an associate member of the International Cricket Council since 2005, having previously been an affiliate member since 1998.[1] They are currently ranked at ninth amongst non-test teams in Asia.[2]

History[edit]

The Kuwait Cricket Association was formed in 1996[3] and they became an affiliate member of the ICC two years later.[1] They participated in the ACC Trophy for the first time in 2000, but couldn't progress beyond the first round,[4] a performance they repeated in the 2002 tournament.[5]

In 2004, Kuwait pulled off a series off upsets to finish in third place in that year's ACC Trophy, only just missing out on qualification for the 2005 ICC Trophy. They did qualify for the repêchage tournament in early 2005[6] in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in which they finished sixth after losing to the Cayman Islands in a play-off.[7]

In February 2006, Kuwait finished third out of five teams when they hosted the ACC Middle East Cup.[8] In August, they took part in the ACC Trophy, but were unable to reproduce their strong 2004 performance. They were eliminated in the first round when a tie with Hong Kong left them in third place in their group on run rate. A win in this match would have seen them through to the quarter finals.[9]

In 2007 Kuwait played in the ACC Twenty20 Cup, which they also hosted. They finished third in the tournament, beating the UAE by three runs in a play-off.[10]

Kuwait has participated in three World Cricket League tournaments, hosting and winning Division Eight in 2010;[11] winning Division Seven in Botswana in May 2011;[12] and coming third in Division Six in Malaysia in September 2011.

Tournament history[edit]

ACC Trophy[edit]

ACC Twenty20 Cup[edit]

World Cricket League[edit]

The Future[edit]

In December they will participate in the 2011 ACC Twenty20 Cup in Nepal.

Records[edit]

Statistics from Kuwait in World Cricket League matches and ACC Events

Current Squad
Name Matches Runs Wickets
Abdul Jabar 5 15 7
Abdullah Akhunzada 27 153 26
Abid Mushtaq 23 513 1
Ali Zaheer 5 45 2
Fiaz Ahmed 2 0 0
Hisham Mirza 40 876 19
Liaqat Ali 2 0 0
Mohammad Amin 28 469 8
Mohammed F Ali 5 36 7
Mohammed Ghulam 11 207 0
Mohammed Irfan 5 270 0
Mohammed Rifkas 1 6 1
Mudassar Ali 1 5 2
Saad Khalid 35 336 53
Notable former Players
Name Matches Runs Wickets
Irfan Bhatti 28 848 3
Sibtain Raza 26 486 26
Saud Qamar 26 506 8
Azmatullah Nazeer 21 187 18
Mohammad Murad 16 114 37
Mohammad Ahsan 15 222 15
Kashif Sharif 11 296 8
Jagath Rosantha 11 165 0
Midhun Pakalapati 10 63 3
Mohammed Naseer 10 64 9
Khalid Butt 5 177 2
Shahrukh Quddus 4 22 6

Highest scores[edit]

Mohammad Irfan – 129* vs Saudi Arabia at Kallang Ground, Singapore on 13 June 2014

Irfan Bhatti – 111 vs Vanuatu at KOCH Ground, Ahmadi City on 7 November 2010

Hisham Mirza – 111 vs Vanuatu at KOCH Ground, Ahmadi City on 7 November 2010

Mohammad Ahsan – 91* vs Singapore at Kinrara Academy Oval, Kuala Lumpur on 26 July 2008

Khalid Butt – 85* vs Bhutan at DEC Ground, Kuwait City on 7 April 2010


Best bowling figures[edit]

Saad Khalid – 6/12 vs Bhutan at Sulabiya Ground, Kuwait City on 9 November 2010

Mohammad Murad – 6/39 vs Norway at BCA Oval No. 2, Gaborone on 2 May 2011

Mohammad Murad – 5/15 vs Zambia at DEC Ground, Kuwait City on 11 November 2010

Saad Khalid – 5/24 vs Nigeria at Lobatse Cricket Ground, Lobatse on 4 May 2011

Saad Khalid – 5/26 vs Bahrain at The Padang, Singapore on 7 June 2014

Suad Qamar – 5/28 vs Germany at KOCH Ground, Ahmadi City on 12 November 2010

Sibtain Raza – 5/55 vs Qatar at Bayuemas Oval, Kuala Lumpur on 29 July 2008

Shahrukh Quddus – 5/59 vs Nigeria at Grainville, St. Saviour on 22 July 2013

Current squad[edit]

The following list contains the 14 players in Kuwait's squad for the 2010 ICC World Cricket League Division Eight:[17]
  • Hisham Mirza
  • Saud Qamar
  • Azmatullah Nazeer
  • Abdullah Akhundzada
  • Mohammed Murad
  • Irfan Bhatti
  • Muhammed Haji Akhudzada
  • Haroon Shahid
  • Faisal Nadeem
  • Saad Khalid
  • Sajid Manzil
  • Jagath Roshantha
  • Midhun Pakalapati
  • Abid Mushtaq

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kuwait at CricketArchive
  2. ^ ICC's one-day rankings
  3. ^ Achievements at official website
  4. ^ a b 2000 ACC Trophy at CricketEurope
  5. ^ a b 2002 ACC Trophy at CricketEurope
  6. ^ a b Asian qualifying for the 2005 ICC Trophy at the 2005 ICC Trophy official website
  7. ^ Scorecard of Cayman Islands v Kuwait, 27 February 2005 at CricketArchive
  8. ^ Points Table for 2006 ACC Middle East Cup at CricketArchive
  9. ^ a b 2006 ACC Trophy at CricketEurope
  10. ^ 2007 ACC Twenty20 Cup at CricketEurope
  11. ^ Cricinfo, Accessed May 8 2011
  12. ^ Cricinfo, Accessed May 8 2011
  13. ^ ACC, Accessed 17 July 2011
  14. ^ ACC, Accessed 17 July 2011
  15. ^ ACC, Accessed 17 July 2011
  16. ^ ACC, Accessed 17 July 2011
  17. ^ "Squads named for inaugural WCL Division 8". European Cricket Council. 2 November 2010. Retrieved 3 November 2010.