Kuwait national cricket team

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Kuwait Cricket Association logo.png
AssociationKuwait Cricket Association
CoachHerschelle Gibbs
International Cricket Council
ICC statusAffiliate (1998)
Associate member (2005)
ICC regionAsia
WCLn/a (regional tournaments)
International cricket
First internationalKuwait Kuwait v. Bahrain 
(Kuwait City; 30 October 1979)

One-day kit

As of 14 September 2015

The Kuwait national cricket team is the team that represents the State of Kuwait in international cricket. The team is organised by the Kuwait Cricket Association, which has been an associate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) since 2005, having previously been an affiliate member since 1998.[1] Kuwait made its international debut in 1979, but has only played regularly at international level since the early 2000s, appearing regularly in Asian Cricket Council tournaments since then. Beginning in the early 2010s, the side appeared in several World Cricket League events, although it was relegated back to regional level after the 2013 Division Six tournament.[2]

In 2018 former South African international Herschelle Gibbs was appointed coach of Kuwait for the 2020 ICC World Twenty20 qualification process.[3]

In April 2018, the ICC decided to grant full Twenty20 International (T20I) status to all its members. Therefore, all Twenty20 matches played between Kuwait and other ICC members after 1 January 2019 will be a full T20I.[4] Kuwait is scheduled to play its first T20I match in 2019, after winning the third-place playoff match in the Western sub region qualification group, advancing to the Regional Final of the 2018–19 ICC World Twenty20 Asia Qualifier tournament.[5]


The Kuwait Cricket Association was formed in 1996[6] and they became an affiliate member of the ICC two years later.[1]

21st century[edit]

2000 - 2009[edit]

They participated in the ACC Trophy for the first time in 2000, but couldn't progress beyond the first round,[7] a performance they repeated in the 2002 tournament.[8]

In 2004, Kuwait pulled off a series off upsets to finish in third place in that year's ACC Trophy, only just missing out on qualification for the 2005 ICC Trophy. They did qualify for the repêchage tournament in early 2005[9] in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in which they finished sixth after losing to the Cayman Islands in a play-off.[10]

In February 2006, Kuwait finished third out of five teams when they hosted the ACC Middle East Cup.[11] In August, they took part in the ACC Trophy, but were unable to reproduce their strong 2004 performance. They were eliminated in the first round when a tie with Hong Kong left them in third place in their group on run rate. A win in this match would have seen them through to the quarter finals.[12]

In 2007 Kuwait played in the ACC Twenty20 Cup, which they also hosted. They finished third in the tournament, beating the UAE by three runs in a play-off.[13]

2010 - present[edit]

Kuwait has participated in several World Cricket League tournaments, hosting and winning Division Eight in 2010;[14] winning Division Seven in Botswana in May 2011;[15] and coming third in Division Six in Malaysia in September 2011. Kuwait set one of the lowest ever T20 targets during the 2014 Asian Games.[16]

Tournament history[edit]

ACC Trophy[edit]

ACC Twenty20 Cup[edit]

World Cricket League[edit]

Asian Games[edit]

Records and statistics[edit]

Statistics from Kuwait in World Cricket League matches and ACC Events

Highest scores[edit]

Mohammad Irfan – 129* vs Saudi Arabia at Kallang Ground, Singapore on 13 June 2014

Irfan Bhatti – 111 vs Vanuatu at KOCH Ground, Ahmadi City on 7 November 2010

Hisham Mirza – 111 vs Vanuatu at KOCH Ground, Ahmadi City on 7 November 2010

Mohammad Ahsan – 91* vs Singapore at Kinrara Academy Oval, Kuala Lumpur on 26 July 2008

Khalid Butt – 85* vs Bhutan at DEC Ground, Kuwait City on 7 April 2010

Best bowling figures[edit]

Saad Khalid – 6/12 vs Bhutan at Sulabiya Ground, Kuwait City on 9 November 2010

Mohammad Murad – 6/39 vs Norway at BCA Oval No. 2, Gaborone on 2 May 2011

Mohammad Murad – 5/15 vs Zambia at DEC Ground, Kuwait City on 11 November 2010

Saad Khalid – 5/24 vs Nigeria at Lobatse Cricket Ground, Lobatse on 4 May 2011

Saad Khalid – 5/26 vs Bahrain at The Padang, Singapore on 7 June 2014

Sibtain Raza – 5/27 vs Maldives at Sharjah, United Arab Emirates on 27 January 2015

Suad Qamar – 5/28 vs Germany at KOCH Ground, Ahmadi City on 12 November 2010

Sibtain Raza – 5/55 vs Qatar at Bayuemas Oval, Kuala Lumpur on 29 July 2008

Shahrukh Quddus – 5/59 vs Nigeria at Grainville, St. Saviour on 22 July 2013

Current squad[edit]

The following list contains the final 15 players in Kuwait's squad for the 2015 ACC Twenty20 Cup:[17]


  1. ^ a b Kuwait at CricketArchive
  2. ^ Other matches played by Kuwait – CricketArchive. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  3. ^ Kuwait name former South Africa opener Gibbs as new head coach
  4. ^ "All T20 matches between ICC members to get international status". International Cricket Council. 26 April 2018. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  5. ^ "UAE, Qatar and Kuwait qualify for the ICC World Twenty20 Asia Finals". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  6. ^ Achievements at official website
  7. ^ 2000 ACC Trophy Archived 22 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine. at CricketEurope
  8. ^ 2002 ACC Trophy at CricketEurope
  9. ^ Asian qualifying for the 2005 ICC Trophy Archived 6 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine. at the 2005 ICC Trophy official website
  10. ^ Scorecard of Cayman Islands v Kuwait, 27 February 2005 at CricketArchive
  11. ^ Points Table for 2006 ACC Middle East Cup at CricketArchive
  12. ^ 2006 ACC Trophy Archived 11 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine. at CricketEurope
  13. ^ 2007 ACC Twenty20 Cup at CricketEurope
  14. ^ Cricinfo, Accessed May 8 2011
  15. ^ Cricinfo, Accessed May 8 2011
  16. ^ http://www.myrepublica.com/portal/index.php?action=news_details&news_id=83997
  17. ^ Kuwait Squad