Malaysia national cricket team

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ICC membership granted 1967
ICC member status Associate member
ICC development region Asia
World Cricket League division 4
Captain Ahmad Faiz
Coach Bilal Asad
First recorded match 7 March 1970 v MCC at Royal Selangor Club, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
First class cricket
First class matches played 2
First class wins/losses 0/2
List A cricket
List A matches played 7
List A wins/losses 0/7
ICC World Cup Qualifier
Appearances 7 (First in 1979)
Best result Plate competition, 1990 and 1994
As of 29 March 2010

The Malaysia national cricket team is the team that represents the country of Malaysia in international cricket matches. They have been an associate member of the International Cricket Council since 1967.[1]


Early days[edit]

Cricket has been played in what is now Malaysia since the 1880s.[2] Various teams represented Malaya, the Federated Malay States and the Straits Settlements, formed in 1884 by the British, Royal Selangor Club (RSC) is the first cricket club founded in present Malaysia (locally called a padang also in Singapore e.g. Padang, Singapore). The Singapore Cricket Club, a former affiliate of the Malayan Cricket Association, is the oldest cricket club in the region (founded in 1852).

The first recorded match was between Selangor and Malacca in 1887. The Selangor-Singapore series was played in 1891. Cricket in Johor was played in the early 20th century, but the first recorded cricketing event is the visit of the Australian team led by C. G. Macartney in 1927. Penang is another historical cricket venue in Malaysia where cricket has been played from British times. The Penang Sports Club was established in the early 1900s. On 6 June 1927 Malaya beat Australia by 39 runs to make history. Lall Singh became the first Malaysia born test player (played for India in their debut Test at Lord's against England in 1932). The spreading of cricket led to the founding of the Malayan Cricket Association in 1948. With more regional cricket association like Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore joining it, the Malaysian Cricket Association was founded in 1963, although Singapore broke away in 1965 after its independence.

Thus the first team to represent Malaysia was in 1970, three years after they became an ICC associate member,[1] when they played an MCC side captained by Tony Lewis in a two-day match, losing by 230 runs.[3] The same year, Malaysia played the first Saudara Cup match against Singapore, drawing the three-day match.[4]

The Saudara Cup match continued annually, and in 1979 Malaysia participated in the first ICC Trophy, failing to progress beyond the first round,[5] a performance they repeated in 1982[6] and 1986.[7] They reached the plate competition in 1990[8] and 1994.[9]


The first Stan Nagaiah Trophy was played in Singapore in February 1995 with Singapore beating Malaysia 2–1 in the three match one-day series.[10] After winning the Stan Nagaiah Trophy[11] and drawing the Saudara Cup match in 1996[12] Malaysia hosted the first ACC Trophy tournament, finishing third in their first round group.[13]

Malaysia began to host major international tournaments in 1997, starting with the 1997 ICC Trophy in which Malaysia finished 16th after losing a play-off to Namibia.[14] They played one season in Pakistani domestic cricket in 1998, losing all four of their preliminary round matches.[15] Cricket made its first and, to date, only appearance in the Commonwealth Games later that year, with Malaysia hosting that year's games. The cricket tournament saw Malaysia participate as hosts though they lost all three of their first round matches.[16] They reached the final of the ACC Trophy that same year, losing to Bangladesh.[17]

21st century[edit]

In 2000, Malaysia reached the semi-final of the ACC Trophy before losing to hosts the UAE.[18] They failed to progress beyond the first round of the 2001 ICC Trophy[19] and lost to Nepal in the semi-finals of the 2002 ACC Trophy.[20]

Malaysia played their first first-class matches in 2004 as part of that year's ICC Intercontinental Cup. They lost to both Nepal and the UAE and failed to reach the semi-final stage of the tournament.[21] Malaysia hosted the ACC Trophy in 2004, which was the first stage of qualification for the 2005 ICC Trophy and the 2007 World Cup, finishing joint seventh with Bhutan.[22] They finished last in the ACC Fast Track Countries Tournament in 2004, thus failing to qualify for the 2005 ICC Intercontinental Cup.[23] They played in the tournament again in 2005, this time finishing third.[24]

In 2006, Malaysia competed in the ACC Premier League, finishing fourth.[25] They again hosted the ACC Trophy that year, again finishing seventh after beating Qatar in a play-off.[26]

Malaysia have played in the ACC Twenty20 Cup thrice. They did not win a match in 2007[27] but finished seventh in 2009 after winning 3 Group B matches and a positional playoff against Saudi Arabia.[28] In 2011,they finished sixth after winning 4 Group A matches and losing a positional playoff against UAE.

Tournament history[edit]

ICC World Cricket League[edit]

  • 2009: Division Six – fourth place
  • 2011: Division Six – second place
  • 2012: Division Five – second place
  • 2012: Division Four – fifth place
  • 2014: Division Five - second place

Commonwealth Games[edit]

Intercontinental Cup[edit]

ICC Trophy[edit]

ACC Premier League/Fast Track Nations Tournament[edit]

  • 2004: 5th place[23]
  • 2005: 3rd place[24]
  • 2006: 4th place[25]

ACC Trophy[edit]

ACC Twenty20 Cup[edit]

Asian Games[edit]

  • 2010: Quarter-finals

ACC U/19 Cup[edit]

The Future[edit]

In 2012, Malaysia played in the Division Four of the ICC World Cricket League.


Current squad[edit]

The following list contains the 14 players in Malaysia's squad for the 2010 ACC Trophy Elite:[30]

Lists of players[edit]


Performances by Malaysian cricketers in World Cricket League matches

Current Players
Name Matches Runs Wickets
Nasir Shafiq 6 346 1
Ahmed Faiz 31 853 0
Hiran Ralalage 13 163 17
Khizar Hayat 12 234 22
Shafiq Sharif 31 760 0
Suhan Alagaratnam 31 701 0
Fikri Rosdi 4 71 0
Suharril Fetri 15 218 13
Anwar Arudin 17 221 0
Hassan Mohammed 9 36 23
Shahrulnizam Yusof 19 9 16
Pavandeep Singh 6 8 6
Anwar Rahman 1 0 1
Nazril Rahman 3 3 2
Former Players
Name Matches Runs Wickets
Nik Arifin 13 88 13
Rakesh Madhavan 20 606 0
Suresh Navaratnam 18 146 24
Rashid Ahad 5 12 5
Hammad Khan 9 80 10
Hassan Ghulam 17 75 16
Eszrafiq Aziz 11 98 18
Shukri Rahim 5 28 0
Aminuddin Ramly 13 137 0
Faris Amlas 5 119 0
Dinesh Sockalingham 7 54 10
Damith Warusavithana 5 49 2
Manrick Singh 6 29 6
Thusara Kodikara 6 20 4
Mohammad Shukri 3 35 5

Highest Scores

Nasir Shafiq - 151* vs Cayman Islands at Bayuemas Oval, Kuala Lumpur on 7 March 2014

Rakesh Madhavan - 115* vs Botswana at Kallang Ground, Singapore on 3 September 2009

Ahmed Faiz - 103 vs Guernsey at Kinrara Academy Ground, Kuala Lumpur on 10 March 2014

Rakesh Madhavan - 102* vs Tanzania at Selangor Turf Club, Kuala Lumpur on 9 September 2012

Rakesh Madhavan - 95* vs Norway at The Padang, Singapore on 31 August 2009

Best Bowling figures

Eszrafiq Aziz - 5/36 vs Fiji at Kinrara Academy Oval, Kuala Lumpur on 20 September 2011

Hassan Mohammed - 5/49 vs Botswana at Kallang Ground, Singapore on 3 September 2009

Khizar Hayat - 5/62 vs Jersey at Kinrara Academy Ground, Kuala Lumpur on 13 March 2014

Hassan Mohammed - 4/10 vs Cayman Islands at Bayuemas Oval, Kuala Lumpur on 7 March 2014

Suresh Navaratnam - 4/15 vs Cayman Islands at The Padang, Singapore on 19 February 2012

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b Malaysia at CricketArchive
  2. ^ Chaturvedi, Ravi (2013). "Malaysian Cricket Poised on the Cusp". Malaysian Cricket Association. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Scorecard of Malaysia v MCC, 7 March 1970 at CricketArchive
  4. ^ Scorecard of Malaysia v Singapore, 4 September 1970 at CricketArchive
  5. ^ a b 1979 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
  6. ^ a b 1982 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
  7. ^ a b 1986 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
  8. ^ a b 1990 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
  9. ^ a b 1994 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
  10. ^ 1995 Stan Nagaiah Trophy at CricketArchive
  11. ^ 1996 Stan Nagaiah Trophy at CricketArchive
  12. ^ Scorecard of Singapore v Malaysia, 16 August 1996 at CricketArchive
  13. ^ a b 1996 ACC Trophy at CricketEurope
  14. ^ a b Scorecard of Malaysia v Namibia, 4 April 1997 at CricketArchive
  15. ^ 1997/98 Wills Cup Points Table at CricketArchive
  16. ^ 1998 Commonwealth Games cricket tournament at CricketEurope
  17. ^ a b 1998 ACC Trophy at CricketEurope
  18. ^ a b 2000 ACC Trophy at CricketEurope
  19. ^ a b 2001 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
  20. ^ a b 2002 ACC Trophy at CricketEurope
  21. ^ a b 2004 ICC Intercontinental Cup at CricketEurope
  22. ^ a b c Asian qualifying at the official website of the 2005 ICC Trophy
  23. ^ a b c 2004 ACC Fast Track Countries Tournament points table at Asian Cricket Council website
  24. ^ a b 2005 ACC Fast Track Countries Tournament points table at Asian Cricket Council website]
  25. ^ a b 2006 ACC Premier League points table at Asian Cricket Council website
  26. ^ a b 2006 ACC Trophy at CricketEurope
  27. ^ CricketEurope, Accessed 14 May 2011
  28. ^ CricketEurope, Accessed 14 May 2011
  29. ^ 2006/07 ICC Intercontinental Cup at CricketEurope
  30. ^ Malaysia squad (2010 ACC Trophy)