Iran national cricket team

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Iran
Irancr.gif
ICC membership granted 2003
ICC member status Affiliate member
ICC development region Asia
World Cricket League division N/A
Captain Abdolvahab Ebrahimipour
Coach Pakistan Mahmood Rashid Dar
First recorded match 13 June 2004 v
Bhutan Bhutan at Kelab Aman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
As of 10 December 2010

The Iran national cricket team are a national cricket team representing Iran in international cricket matches. They became an affiliate member of the International Cricket Council in 2003.[1]

History[edit]

Cricket was introduced in Iran in the 1920s and 1930s by the British who were working in the oil industry but it ceased when the oil industry was nationalised in 1951. Cricket was reintroduced in the early 1990s by Iranians who had studied abroad. Iran joined the Asian Cricket Council in 2003. Iran's men's cricket league was established in 2014 with eight teams as participants and Chah Bahar became the first winners. In the same year women's cricket league was also established which was won by Mashhad.

Following their admission to the International Cricket Council, they made their international debut at the 2004 ACC Trophy, and played in the tournament again in the 2006 tournament. On both occasions, they failed to progress beyond the first round. With the separation of the ACC Trophy into Elite and Challenge divisions, following their performance at the 2006 ACC Trophy Iran have since competed in the Challenge divisions in both 2009 and in the 2010 competition, coming 5th in both.

Tournament history[edit]

ACC Trophy[edit]

Host/Year Round/Rank
Malaysia 2004 1st round
Malaysia 2006 1st round
Thailand 2009 Challenge 5th place
Thailand 2010 Challenge 5th place
Thailand 2012 Challenge 5th place[2]

ACC Middle East Cup[edit]

Host/Year Round/Rank
Kuwait 2006 5th place
(out of 5 teams)[3][4]

Current squad[edit]

The following list contains the 14 players in Iran's squad for the 2012 ACC Trophy Challenge:[5]
  • Abdolvahab Ebrahimipour (Captain) RHB/LMF
  • Salman Sheikhi
  • Wahab Khursand
  • Ali Narouei RHB/RMF
  • Yahya Sheikhi (Wicketkeeper) RHB
  • Afshin Tirehdast RHB/OB
  • Sajed Raesi RHB/LMF
  • Loghman Sheikhi RHB/RM
  • Hossein Lashari LHB/SLA
  • Masood Jayezeh RHB/LB
  • Shirmohammad Baloochnezhad RHB
  • Dadkhoda Dahani RHB
  • Faramarz Shahbaksh
  • Mohammad Siyasar

Team colours[edit]

Iran's kits vary from year to year; the team have worn kits in green color,[6] at times red kits[7] and also grey kits.[8] The kits always have 'Iran' written on the front of the jersey; usually Iran's cricket logo and at times sponsor logos also appear.

Head coaches[edit]

Captains[edit]

  • Hossein Ali Salimian 2004
  • Loghman Sheikhi 2006
  • Nariman Bakhtiar 2006-2009
  • Yousef Raissi 2010
  • Abdolvahab Ebrahimpour 2012

Internationals Head-To-Head[edit]

Last updated: 7 August 2013

  • The result percentage excludes no results and counts ties as half a win
vs ICC Associate members
Opponent M W L T NR Win %
 Afghanistan 2 0 1 0 1 0%
 Kuwait 1 0 1 0 0 0%
   Nepal 1 0 1 0 0 0%
 Singapore 1 0 1 0 0 0%
 Thailand 4 1 ^ 3 0 0 0%
vs ICC Affiliate members
 Bahrain 1 0 1 0 0 0%
 Bhutan 1 0 1 0 0 0%
 Brunei 1 1 0 0 0 100%
 China 3 3 0 0 0 100%
 Maldives 1 0 1 0 0 0%
 Myanmar 1 1 0 0 0 100%
 Qatar 2 0 2 0 0 0%
 Saudi Arabia 1 0 1 0 0 0%
Total 19 5 14 0 1 26.32