Qatar national cricket team
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|ICC membership granted||1999|
|ICC member status||Affiliate member|
|ICC development region||Asia|
|World Cricket League division||N/A|
|Coach||Malik Nazar Mohammad|
|First recorded match||11 July 2002 v Kuwait at Singapore|
|As of 23 November 2009|
Qatar's international debut came in 2002 at the ACC Trophy, where they failed to progress beyond the first round. A major improvement came in the next tournament in 2004 when they came fourth. This qualified them for the final pre-qualifying tournament for the 2005 ICC Trophy, played in Malaysia in early 2005. They finished fourth in that tournament, thereby dropping off the road to qualification to the 2007 World Cup. They once again competed at the ACC Trophy in 2006, this time finishing in eighth place. They will play in the new Champions division of that tournament in 2008.
Qatar recently also took part in the U-19 Asia Cup although they had a poor time of it.
They did however discover some fresh new talent which is extremely encouraging. Isa Malik a right arm fast bowler at the age of 13 has been said to be clocked at 130kph already. He also is a right hand solid top order batsman.
ACC Twenty20 Cup
Qatar have fielded sides in regional competition at Under 15, Under 17 and Under 19 levels.
The Qatar Under 15 team competed in Asia Cup tournaments in 2002, 2005 and 2006. They failed to progress beyond the first round on all occasions. Even after losing just one game (against Oman) in the group stage of the 2006 competition, they were not allowed to play in the semi-finals as they did not abide by the qualification rules.
The Qatar Under 17 team competed in the Asia Cup for the first time in 2004, where they did not progress past the first round. In 2005, they reached the quarter
The Under 19 team has participated in Asia Cup tournaments in 2001, 2003 and 2005, reaching the semi finals on the 2003 & 2005 editions. In the 2001 they came runner up in the plate league.
- The following list contains the 14 players in Qatar's squad for the 2009 ACC Twenty20 Cup:
- Umer Taj (Captain)
- Rusharat Ali
- Zaheeruddin Ibrahim
- Faisal Noor
- Sardar Badshah
- Irfan Hussain
- Iqtedar Khan
- Ameenullah Khan
- Ali Ishtiaq
- Sheikh Raheel
- Ahmed Qureshi
- Abbas Hussain
- Osman Mohammed Al-Amoodi