Norway national cricket team

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Norway
Norwegian Cricket Board logo.png
Association Norwegian Cricket Board
ICC status Affiliate (2000)
ICC region ICC Europe
WCL 2015 Division Six
Coach Muhammad Haroon
First international
Norway Norway v. Austria 
(Seebarn, Austria; 22 August 2000)
As of 7 October 2015

The Norway national cricket team is the team that represents the Kingdom of Norway in international cricket matches. The Norwegian Cricket Board became a member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2000, and the national side played its first international match later that year. Most of the side's matches have been against members of the European Cricket Council (ECC), although in more recent years Norway has fielded sides in the lower divisions of the World Cricket League (WCL). The team's current head coach is Muhammad Haroon, a former first-class player in Pakistan, who was appointed in early 2014.[1]

History[edit]

Norwegian cricket was first organised in the 1960s by a few Asian immigrants and has grown to the current state of 55 clubs playing in five divisions.

Norway became a member of the International Cricket Council in 2000 [1] and played in their first international tournament – the European Representative Championships in Austria – in that same year. They won the tournament without losing a game, but did not play again until 2003, when they took part in the ECC Trophy for the first time. They won this tournament too, again without losing a game. This qualified the team for a place in Division Two of the European Championship in 2004. They finished fourth in the six-team tournament, gaining wins against Gibraltar and Israel.

In 2005 Norway won the European Affiliates Championship, the equivalent of the ECC Trophy. They once again won the tournament without losing a game, and again qualified for Division Two of the European Championship in 2006. They won the tournament, beating debutants Jersey in the final after losing to them in the group stage. This gave Norway a place in Division One for the first time in 2008 and earned them a place in Division Five of the World Cricket League.

In May 2008, Norway travelled to Jersey to take part in the Division Five tournament. Although they beat Vanuatu in Group A, it was the team's only group stage win and with four loses they failed to make the semi-finals. Norway finished ninth overall after defeating the Bahamas and then Japan in positional playoff matches. With only the top two from this tournament qualifying for Division Four in Tanzania later in the year, Norway missed out on the chance to take their 2011 World Cup dream any further.

In July 2008, Norway met the top nations of European cricket when they participated in Division One of the European Championship. The Norwegians finished sixth overall in the six-team tournament, beaten convincingly in four of their matches – against Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Scotland – whilst their match against Italy was abandoned owing to rain.[2]

In August 2009, Norway travelled to Singapore to compete in Division Six of the World Cricket League. They won only one of five group matches and finished sixth overall after losing a positional playoff to Botswana.[3] As a result, Norway were relegated to Division Seven.

In May 2011, Norway travelled to Botswana for Division Seven of the World Cricket League and their relatively poor performances at ICC events continued as they finished fifth overall, although they did beat Japan in a group match and then a positional playoff.[4] Fifth place saw Norway relegated to Division Eight of the World Cricket League.

However, by the end of year 2011 a drastic change in team performance was observed World Cricket League, mainly due to the inclusion of a number of new, younger, and fitter players. Under the captaincy of Zeeshan the team went on to win several qualifying rounds and titles in games against higher or similarly ranked teams, such as Japan. In June 2012, in the World Cricket League, the team gained the top spot in the shortest format of the game, with amazing reformations in the field. This success won Norway a spot in another ICC qualifier event, potentially securing them a place in the T20 Worldcup competition 2013.[5]

In 2013 the team competed in the 2013 ICC European T20 Championship Division One in England where they finished in 8th place, securing wins over Sweden and Gibraltar.

In 2014, Norway started their tour with their first game being against Old Southendian and Southchurch cricket club on 21 June. They lost this T20 match by four runs.

Tournament history[edit]

European Championship[edit]

  • 1996 to 2002: Did not participate
  • 2004: Division Two 4th place
  • 2006: Division Two Winners
  • 2008: Division One 6th place
  • 2010: Division Two 5th place

World Cricket League[edit]

European Championship T20[edit]

  • 2013: Division One 8th place
  • 2014: Division Two 1st place

Current squad[edit]

The following is a list of the 14 players and four reserves included in Norway's squad for the 2014 ICC Division 2 T/20 Championship in Essex 2014

  • Zaheer Ashiq (Captain)
  • Ehtsham-ul-Haq (Vice Captain)
  • Sheraz Khalid
  • Ansar Iqbal
  • Shahbaz Butt
  • Sufyan Ali
  • Safir Hayat
  • Fazil Mir
  • Babar Shahzad
  • Suhail Iftikhar
  • Damon Crawford
  • Wasim Tahir
  • Umran Shahzad
  • Prithvi Bhart
  • Santosh Kumar (Reserve)
  • Ali Tafseer (Reserve)
  • Faisal Shehzad (Reserve)
  • Iftikhar Hussain (Reserve)

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