Saudi Arabia national cricket team

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Saudi Arabia
Flag of Saudi Arabia
Flag of Saudi Arabia
ICC membership granted 2003
ICC member status Affiliate member
ICC development region Asia
World Cricket League division n/a
Captain Nadeem Alnadwi
Coach Tapas Chattopadhyay
First recorded match 13 June 2004 v Kuwait at Selangor Turf Club, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Note: Under 17 team played in 2000)
As of 6 December 2010

The Saudi Arabian cricket team is the team that represents the country of Saudi Arabia in international cricket matches. They became an affiliate member of the International Cricket Council in 2003.[1]

International competition[edit]

The international debut of the Saudi senior team came in the ACC Trophy in 2004, where they failed to progress beyond the first round. They again failed to go past the first round in 2006, but had the remarkable achievement of scoring 499 runs in 50 overs against Brunei. Earlier in the year they came fourth in the Middle East Cup.

Arguably their greatest moment in international cricket to date came in the 2008 ACC Trophy Elite when they defeated the UAE by 29 runs, a team which has had previous One Day International experience.[2]

With the separation of the ACC Trophy into Elite and Challenge divisions, following their performance at the 2006 ACC Trophy Saudi Arabia they competed in the Elite division in the 2008 competition, in which they came 10th. This result relegated them to the 2009 ACC Trophy Challenge, in which they did not appear. They did however appear in the 2010 competition, in which they came 2nd and gained promotion back to the Elite division.

Besides the 50 over format, Saudi Arabia have also played in the Twenty20 format of the game in the 2007 ACC Twenty20 Cup, in which they failed to progress beyond the group stage, and the 2009 ACC Twenty20 Cup, in which they came 8th.

Tournament history[edit]

ACC Trophy[edit]

ACC Twenty20 Cup[edit]

Records[edit]

Statistics from Saudi Arabia in ACC events

Current Squad
Name Matches Runs Wickets
Abdul Qadir 4 5 0
Abdul Waheed 5 102 0
Abdullah Qureshi 3 1 1
Afzal Saleem 5 299 4
Akram Aslam 4 15 3
Faheem Afrad 5 7 10
Hammad Saeed 14 319 6
Hussain Anwar 10 105 11
Ibrarul Haq 5 112 9
Mohammad Abdullah 7 58 5
Mohammad Nadeem 9 161 16
Shahbaz Rasheed 5 366 1
Shoaib Ali 5 164 11
Usman Quddusi 2 0 0
Notable former Players
Name Matches Runs Wickets
Shafiq Ahmed 10 168 14
Mohammad Afzal 8 353 8
Hussain Bhatti 2 58 10
Khalid Butt 5 115 0
Mohammad Ramzan 4 2 6

Highest scores[edit]

Hammad Saeed – 181 vs Bhutan at The Padang, Singapore on 8 June 2014

Shahbaz Rasheed – 138* vs Maldives at Indian Association Ground, Singapore on 11 June 2014

Khalid Butt – 110 vs U.A.E at Royal Military College, Kuala Lumpur on 25 July 2008

Shahbaz Rasheed – 108 vs Bhutan at The Padang, Singapore on 8 June 2014

Mohammad Afzal – 103 vs Thailand at AIT Ground, Bangkok on 9 December 2010

Afzal Saleem – 100* vs Maldives at Indian Association Ground, Singapore on 11 June 2014


Best bowling figures[edit]

Hussain Bhatti – 7/65 vs Brunei at PTI School, Chiang Mai on 5 December 2010

Shoaib Ali – 5/25 vs Maldives at Thailand Cricket Ground, Bangkok on 11 December 2010

Shafiq Ahmed – 5/45 vs U.A.E at Royal Military College, Kuala Lumpur on 25 July 2008

Mohammad Ramzan – 4/38 vs Bhutan at ICC Academy Oval #2, Dubai on 10 October 2012

Ibrarul Haq – 4/42 vs Bahrain at Indian Association Ground, Singapore on 10 June 2014


Current squad[edit]

The following list contains the 14 players in Saudi Arabia's squad for the 2010 ACC Trophy Challenge:[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CricketArchive – Saudi Arabia page". CricketArchive. 6 December 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Saudi Arabia v UAE". CricketArchive. 25 July 2008. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "ACC Trophy Challenge 2010 – Saudi Arabia". Asian Cricket Council. 5 December 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 

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