Japan national cricket team
|ICC membership granted||1989|
|ICC member status||Associate member|
|ICC development region||East Asia/Pacific (formerly Asia)|
|World Cricket League division||N/A|
|First recorded match||6 September 1996 v Brunei at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|As of 1 June 2009|
The Japan national cricket team is the team that represents the country of Japan in international cricket matches. They have been an associate member of the International Cricket Council since 2005, having previously been an affiliate member since 1989. They are currently ranked at equal 37th in the world and at fourth amongst non-test teams in their region.
Cricket was first played in Japan in 1868 when a group of English merchants living in Yokohama founded the Yokohama Cricket Club, playing their matches on what eventually became the Yokohama Stadium. The club, now known as the Yokohama Country & Athletic Club, still plays cricket today.
Cricket did not become organised until the 1980s, when the Japan Cricket Association was formed. They became an affiliate member of the ICC in 1989, and the national team first played in the 1996 ACC Trophy, losing all their games including a 380 run defeat by Fiji. They continued without success in the 1998 tournament and the 2000 tournament.
After the 2000 ACC Trophy, they left the Asian Cricket Council and became part of the ICC's East Asia/Pacific region. They played in the East Asia Eights tournament in Australia in February 2002, finishing as runners-up to an Australian indigenous team. Indonesia and South Korea were the other teams in the tournament. In 2004, they hosted the East Asia Pacific Cricket Challenge tournament as part of qualification for the 2007 World Cup, finishing third after beating Indonesia in a play-off.
In June 2005, Japan were promoted to associate membership of the ICC and that year they played in the 2005 ICC EAP Cricket Cup in Vanuatu, winning the tournament after beating the Cook Islands in the final. The following year they played in the 2006 ICC EAP Cricket Trophy in Brisbane finishing last in the three team tournament that also involved Fiji and the Cook Islands.
In December 2007 Japan took part in the 2007 ICC EAP Cricket Trophy in Auckland, New Zealand, playing against the Cook Islands, Indonesia, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu. Japan won the tournament and qualified for Division Five of the World Cricket League where they finished in tenth place out of the twelve countries represented in Jersey.
World Cricket League
- 2008: Division 5 Tenth place
- 2009: Division 7 Fourth place
- 2011: Division 7 Sixth place
- 2012: Division 8 Third place
- The following table lists the 16 players in Japans's squad for the 2009 ICC World Cricket League Division Seven.
|Name||Age||Batting style||Bowling style|
|Masaomi Kobayashi (c)||32||RHB||RM|
|Tatsuro Chino (wk)||31||RHB|
- Japan at CricketArchive
- ICC's one-day rankings
- About the Yokohama Country & Athletic Club
- Article about Japanese cricket
- 1996 ACC Trophy at CricketEurope
- 1998 ACC Trophy at CricketEurope
- 2000 ACC Trophy at CricketEurope
- Scorecard of Australia Cricket Board Indigenous v Japan, 1 March 2002 at CricketArchive
- 2002 East Asia Eights at CricketArchive
- Scorecard of Japan v Indonesia, 29 May 2004 at CricketArchive
- 2005 EAP Cricket Cup, ICC official website
- 2006 EAP Cricket Trophy at CricketEurope
- ICC EAP newsletter, October 2007
- World Cricket League structure, 2006–2009
- Japan squad, Cricinfo.com Retrieved on 24 May 2009.
- Japan Cricket Association Official Site – in Japanese