Austria national cricket team

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Austria
Austrian Cricket Association logo.png
AssociationAustrian Cricket Association
Personnel
CaptainAmar Naeem (2014)
CoachAndrew Simpson-Parker (2014)
International Cricket Council
ICC statusAssociate member[1] (2017)
ICC regionEurope
WCLn/a (regional tournaments)
ICC Rankings Current [2] Best-ever
T20I 32nd 32nd
International cricket
First internationalAustria Austria v. Guernsey 
(Castel, Guernsey; 21 May 1990)
As of 3 May 2019

The Austria national cricket team (German: Österreichische Cricketnationalmannschaft) represents the Republic of Austria in international cricket. The team is organised by the Austrian Cricket Association, which became an affiliate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 1992 and an associate member in 2017[1].

The Austrian national team made its international debut in 1990, at the European Cricketer Cup in Guernsey. It has since regularly competed in European Cricket Council tournaments, usually in the lower divisions, and also often plays bilateral series against other European sides.[3]

In April 2018, the ICC decided to grant full Twenty20 International (T20I) status to all its members. Therefore, all Twenty20 matches played between Austria and other ICC members after 1 January 2019 will be a full T20I.[4]

History of cricket in Austria[edit]

Having been played by the gardeners of rich aristocratic families at the end of the 19th century - at which time Vienna Cricket and Football Club was founded, cricket disappeared in Austria until after the Second World War, when it was played by British occupying troops on a recreational basis.

The modern era as such began in May 1975, when Kerry Tattersall introduced the game to his pupils at the commercial academy where he was teaching English and formed Vienna Cricket Club. Early opponents came from the United Nations (United Nations CC) and diplomatic services (Five Continents CC) and these founder clubs survive to this day.

Cricket remains predominantly Viennese-based with eleven of the 18 member clubs being based in Vienna. CC Velden '91 is the oldest non-Viennese club, operating since 1991. The latest addition to the ACA is ASKÖ Steyr CC from Upper-Austria.

International competition[edit]

The Austrian National Team has participated in a considerable number of international tournaments, including hosting three tournaments since 2000:

2000 ECC (European Cricket Council) Representative Festival (5 teams – Norway, Slovenia, Croatia, Finland and Austria) 2001 ECC Trophy in Seebarn and Velden (10 teams – Sweden, Malta, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Greece, Belgium, Austria, Croatia and Finland) 2002 ECC European Cricket Championships, B Division in Northern Ireland (6 teams – Austria, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Israel and Portugal) 2003 ECC Notts Sport Trophy in Seebarn and Markomannenstrasse (11 teams – Malta, Portugal, Spain, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Greece, Belgium, Croatia, Finland, Austria and Norway)

They have been placed in Division Five of the newly expanded European Championship from 2008.

Tournament history[edit]

European Cricket Championship[edit]

  • 2002 (Division Two): 6th place
  • 2009 (Division Four): 3rd place

Club cricket[edit]

There are three club competitions within Austria: the ACA (Austrian Cricket Association) League, and ACA Trophy (north & south).

The ACA League comprises (in 2006) 14 teams, 10 of which are based in Vienna. The ACA Trophy sometimes includes teams from outside Austria, for example from Poland and the Czech Republic.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ireland and Afghanistan ICC newest full members amid wide-ranging governance reform". International Cricket Council. 22 June 2017. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  2. ^ "ICC Rankings". International Cricket Council.
  3. ^ Other matches played by Austria – CricketArchive. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  4. ^ "All T20 matches between ICC members to get international status". International Cricket Council. 26 April 2018. Retrieved 1 September 2018.

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