Saudi Arabia national cricket team
|ICC membership granted||2003|
|ICC member status||Affiliate member|
|ICC development region||Asia|
|World Cricket League division||n/a|
|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.
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.
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.
ACC Twenty20 Cup
Statistics from Saudi Arabia in ACC events
|Notable former Players|
Shahbaz Rasheed – 138* vs Maldives at Indian Association Ground, Singapore on 11 June 2014
Afzal Saleem – 100* vs Maldives at Indian Association Ground, Singapore on 11 June 2014
Best bowling figures
Ibrarul Haq – 4/42 vs Bahrain at Indian Association Ground, Singapore on 10 June 2014
- The following list contains the 14 players in Saudi Arabia's squad for the 2010 ACC Trophy Challenge:
- Shoaib Ali (Captain)
- Hammad Saeed
- Shafiq Ahmed
- Hussain Anwar
- Afzal Muhammad
- Faiq Habib
- Mohammad Abdullah
- Faheem Afrad
- Mohammad Thaib (Wicketkeeper)
- Amir Sajjad
- Hassan Bukhari (Wicketkeeper)
- Umer Baig
- Samar Hussain
- Khurram Karamat