Mexico national cricket team

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Mexico
Mexico Cricket Logo.gif
ICC membership granted 2004
ICC member status Affiliate member
ICC development region Americas
World Cricket League division n/a
Captain Tushar Gupta
Coach Jon Bonfiglio
First recorded match 19 March 2006 v Costa Rica at Ladyville, Belize
As of 11 April 2009

The Mexican cricket team represents the country of Mexico in international cricket matches. They became an affiliate member of the International Cricket Council in 2004[1] and their international debut was in 2006 against Costa Rica. The team made their ICC Americas Championship debut in June 2010 and in 2011 participated in the ICC Americas Division 3 tournament in Costa Rica.

History[edit]

Mexico became an affiliate member of the ICC in 2004. Their first international match was played on 19 March 2006 in the Central American Cricket Championship against Costa Rica who they beat. Prior to this there had been teams based in Mexico City that had played against Belize but these were not recognised as international fixtures.[2][3] Having beaten Costa Rica in the tournament they then lost to Belize finishing second.

In 2007, Mexico hosted the Central American Cricket Championship and won it by defeating Costa Rica and El Salvador.

In 2008, Mexico travelled to El Salvador to take part in the 2nd Easter Cup. They finished second, losing to Belize but winning easily against El Salvador.

Mexico took part in the 3rd Central American Championship in 2009 in Panama under the new Twenty20 format. Mexico performed well in the tournament, winning all but one of their matches and even defeating close rivals Belize in a close fought match. As a result they finished 2nd in the tournament.

In 2011, Mexico competed in the ICC Division 3 Americas tournament in Costa Rica finishing in 4th place.[4]

In 2012, a youthful Mexico team participated in the 4th Volcano Cup in El Salvador finishing runners up to the hosts after defeating Guatemala.

Tournament history[edit]

ICC Americas Championship

  • 2011: Division 3 – 4th place
  • 2010: Division Four – Won

Central American Championship

  • 2006: 2nd place
  • 2007: Won
  • 2009: 2nd place

South American Cricket Tournament

Easter Cup

  • Mar 2008: Did not participate
  • Dec 2008: 2nd place

The Volcano Cup

  • Dec 2012: 2nd place

Future[edit]

Due to changes in the ICC membership requirements it is possible that Mexico may lose their affiliate membership status unless they participate in an official ICC regional event before 2011. Neither the Central American Championship nor the Easter Cup are official tournaments so Mexico must take part in the ICC Americas Championship if they want to maintain their status.[6]

It has been announced that the ICC Americas Championship will be expanded to four divisions. Mexico hosted the inaugural Division Four tournament from 13–19 June 2010[7] and will participate in the ICC Americas Division 3 Tournament in Winter 2012.

Mexico has a strong emphasis on youth development and in December 2012, new cricket nets were inaugurated at the Lancaster School in Tlalpan, Mexico City.[8]

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