List A cricket
List A cricket is a classification of the limited-overs (one-day) form of the sport of cricket. List A cricket includes One Day International matches and various domestic competitions in which the number of overs in an innings per team ranges from forty to sixty. Together with first-class and Twenty20 cricket, List A is one of the three major forms of cricket recognised by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Most Test cricketing nations have some form of domestic List A competition. The scheduled number of overs in List A cricket ranges from forty to sixty overs per side.
The categorization of cricket matches as "List A" was not officially endorsed by the International Cricket Council until 2006, when the ICC announced that it and its member associations would be determining this classification in a manner similar to that done for first-class matches. The Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians created this category for the purpose of providing an equivalent to first-class cricket, to allow the generation of career records and statistics for comparable one-day matches. Only the more important one-day competitions in each country, plus matches against a touring Test team, are included. The list was the work of Philip Bailey and the name is derived simply from there being a list A and a list B.
Matches that qualify as List A
- One-day Internationals (ODIs)
- Other international matches
- Premier one-day tournaments in each country
- Official matches of a touring Test team against main first-class teams
- Matches played in ICC World Cricket League Division 2 and above
Matches that do not qualify as List A
- Twenty20 cricket including internationals
- World Cup warm-up matches
- Other Tourist matches (for example, against first-class teams that are not part of the main domestic first-class competition, such as universities)
- Festival and friendly matches
- In October 2016, the ICC granted List A status to Ireland's domestic Twenty20 league, along with their 50-over competition.
- In February 2017, the ICC granted List A status to Afghanistan's domestic Twenty20 league, as they do not have a 50-over tournament.
First List A match
The first List A cricket match was played between Lancashire and Leicestershire in May 1963, in the preliminary round of the Gillette Cup. Each side batted for 65 overs, and bowlers were restricted to 15 overs each.
- "ICC clarifies what counts and what doesn't". Cricinfo. 30 July 2006. Retrieved 20 May 2009.
- CricketArchive treats List A and Twenty20 separately. When searching on a player, they are separate categories, while a search for List A matches excludes Twenty20.
- "Ireland's Inter-Provincial Championship awarded first-class status". BBC Sport. 14 October 2016. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
- "Afghanistan domestic competitions awarded first-class and List A status". ESPN Cricinfo. 4 February 2017. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
- "In Principle Agreement to Constitutional and Financial Changes to ICC". International Cricket Council. 4 February 2017. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
- Lancashire v Leicestershire 1963
- Opening Pandora's one-day box
- ICC clarifies what counts and what doesn't, from Cricinfo, 30 July 2006