Japan national cricket team

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Logo of Japan Cricket Association.png
AssociationJapan Cricket Association
CaptainMasaomi Kobayashi
CoachDavid Reid
International Cricket Council
ICC statusAffiliate (1989)
Associate member (2005)
ICC regionEast Asia-Pacific
ICC Rankings Current [1] Best-ever
T20I 53rd 53rd (2-May-2019)
International cricket
First internationalJapan Japan v. Brunei 
(Kuala Lumpur; 6 September 1996)
As of 3 May 2019

The Japan national cricket team is the team that represents the country of Japan in international cricket. The team is organised by the Japan Cricket Association (JCA), which has been a member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) since 1989. Japan made its international debut at the 1996 ACC Trophy in Malaysia. Most of the team's matches come in regional competitions, generally against other teams in the ICC East Asia-Pacific development region. Between 2008 and 2012, Japan participated in the World Cricket League (WCL), reaching WCL Division Five at one point.

In April 2018, the ICC decided to grant full Twenty20 International (T20I) status to all its members. Therefore, all Twenty20 matches played between Japan and other ICC members after 1 January 2019 will be a full T20I.[2]


Cricket was introduced to Japan in the 1860s, by the British, but did not become organised until the 1980s, when the Japan Cricket Association was formed.[3] They became an affiliate member of the ICC in 1989,[4] and the national team first played in the 1996 ACC Trophy, losing all their games including a 380 run defeat by Fiji.[5] They continued without success in the 1998 tournament[6] and the 2000 tournament.[7]

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.[8] Indonesia and South Korea were the other teams in the tournament.[9] 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.[10]

In June 2005, Japan were promoted to associate membership of the ICC[11] 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.[12] 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.[13]

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.[14] 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[15] in Jersey.[16]

On March 22, 2016, it was announced that Sano, Tochigi, would be home to the Sano International Cricket Ground, which will become Japan's first dedicated cricketing venue built for purpose which no longer has to compete with other sports for usage.[17]

Tournament history[edit]

ACC Trophy[edit]

  • 1996: First round[5]
  • 1998: First round[6]
  • 2000: First round[7]

World Cricket League[edit]

East Asia Cup[18][19][edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "ICC Rankings". International Cricket Council.
  2. ^ "All T20 matches between ICC members to get international status". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  3. ^ Article about Japanese cricket Archived 19 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Japan at CricketArchive
  5. ^ a b 1996 ACC Trophy at CricketEurope
  6. ^ a b 1998 ACC Trophy at CricketEurope
  7. ^ a b 2000 ACC Trophy at CricketEurope
  8. ^ Scorecard of Australia Cricket Board Indigenous v Japan, 1 March 2002 at CricketArchive
  9. ^ 2002 East Asia Eights at CricketArchive
  10. ^ Scorecard of Japan v Indonesia, 29 May 2004 at CricketArchive
  11. ^ "A unique festival to popularise cricket in Japan". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  12. ^ 2005 EAP Cricket Cup Archived 1 January 2006 at the Wayback Machine, ICC official website
  13. ^ 2006 EAP Cricket Trophy at CricketEurope
  14. ^ ICC EAP newsletter, October 2007
  15. ^ ICC's one-day rankings Archived 29 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ World Cricket League structure, 2006–2009
  17. ^ "International Cricket Ground to be built in Japan". Japan Cricket Association. 23 March 2016. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  18. ^ "East Asia Cup Tournament organised between China, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea". Japan Cricket Association. 19 February 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  19. ^ "History of the Games". Cricket Hong Kong. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  20. ^ "EAST ASIA MEN'S T-20 CHAMPIONSHIPS, 2015/16". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  21. ^ "Korea beats Japan to clinch East Asia Cup title". International Cricket Council. 7 November 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  22. ^ "Japan vs South Korea Final East Asia Cup 2016". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  23. ^ "South Korea edge Japan to win East Asia Cup cricket tournament". Inside the games. 8 November 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  24. ^ "Korea's national cricket team taste first international success". Arirang News. 24 November 2016. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  25. ^ "East Asia Cup 2018 - Fixtures & Results". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 15 September 2018.

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