List A cricket

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List A cricket is a classification of the limited-overs (one-day) form of the sport of cricket. Much as domestic first-class cricket is the level below international Test match cricket, so List A cricket is the domestic level of one-day cricket below One Day International.

Status[edit]

Most cricketing nations have some form of domestic List A competition. The number of overs in List A cricket ranges from forty to sixty overs per side.

The categorization of cricket matches as "List A" was not officially endorsed by the International Cricket Council until 2006,[1] when the ICC announced that it and its member associations would be determining this classification in a manner similar to that done for first class matches. The Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians created this category for the purpose of providing an equivalent to first-class cricket, to allow the generation of career records and statistics for comparable one-day matches. Only the more important one-day competitions in each country, plus matches against a touring Test team, are included. The list was the work of Philip Bailey and the name is derived simply from there being a list A and a list B.

Matches that qualify as List A[edit]

  • One-day Internationals (ODIs)
  • Other international matches
  • Premier one-day tournaments in each country
  • Official matches of a touring Test team against main first-class teams
  • matches played in the tournament of World Cricket League division 2 and above

Matches that do not qualify as List A[edit]

  • Twenty20 cricket including internationals[2]
  • World Cup warm-up matches
  • Other Tourist matches (for example, against first-class teams that are not part of the main domestic first-class competition, such as universities)
  • Festival and friendly matches

First List A match[edit]

The first List A cricket match was played between Lancashire and Leicestershire in May 1963, in the preliminary round of the Gillette Cup.[3] Each side batted for 65 overs, and bowlers were restricted to 15 overs each.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ICC clarifies what counts and what doesn't". Cricinfo. 30 July 2006. Retrieved 20 May 2009. 
  2. ^ CricketArchive treats List A and Twenty20 separately. When searching on a player, they are separate categories, while a search for List A matches excludes Twenty20.
  3. ^ Lancashire v Leicestershire 1963
  4. ^ Opening Pandora's one-day box

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