Qatar national cricket team
|Association||Qatar Cricket Association|
|ICC status||Affiliate (1999)|
|ICC region||Asian Cricket Council|
|WCL||n/a (regional tournaments)|
| Qatar v. Sharjah
(Kuwait City; 30 October 1979)
|As of 17 September 2015|
The Qatar national cricket team is the team that represents the country of Qatar in international cricket matches. The team is organised by the Qatar Cricket Association, which became an affiliate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 1999. Qatar made its international debut in 1979, at an invitational tournament that also included Bahrain, Kuwait, and Sharjah (one of the United Arab Emirates). The team's first Asian Cricket Council (ACC) event was the 2002 ACC Trophy in Singapore. For a period during the 2000s, Qatar was one of the top-ranked non-Test teams in Asia – at the 2004 ACC Trophy, the team placed fourth. However, Qatar has since been relegated to the lower divisions of the ACC system, and has failed to qualify for any World Cricket League events.
Qatar's international debut came in 2002 at the ACC Trophy, where they failed to progress beyond the first round. A major improvement came in the next tournament in 2004 when they came fourth. This qualified them for the final pre-qualifying tournament for the 2005 ICC Trophy, played in Malaysia in early 2005. They finished fourth in that tournament, thereby dropping off the road to qualification to the 2007 World Cup. They once again competed at the ACC Trophy in 2006, this time finishing in eighth place. They will play in the new Champions division of that tournament in 2008.
Qatar recently also took part in the U-19 Asia Cup although they had a poor time of it.
They did however discover some fresh new talent which is extremely encouraging. Isa Malik a right arm fast bowler at the age of 13 has been said to be clocked at 130kph already. He also is a right hand solid top order batsman.
ACC Twenty20 Cup
Qatar have fielded sides in regional competition at Under 15, Under 17 and Under 19 levels.
The Qatar Under 15 team competed in Asia Cup tournaments in 2002, 2005 and 2006. They failed to progress beyond the first round on all occasions. Even after losing just one game (against Oman) in the group stage of the 2006 competition, they were not allowed to play in the semi-finals as they did not abide by the qualification rules.
The Qatar Under 17 team competed in the Asia Cup for the first time in 2004, where they did not progress past the first round. In 2005, they reached the quarter
The Under 19 team has participated in Asia Cup tournaments in 2001, 2003 and 2005, reaching the semi finals on the 2003 & 2005 editions. In the 2001 they came runner up in the plate league.
West End Park International Cricket Stadium is a home ground of team located in Doha. This is the first cricket stadium in Qatar. In June 2013, the ground was opened for cricket with opening of the Grand Mall Hypermarket on its premise. The stadium can seat 13,000. In December 2013, it was announced the hosting of first-ever triangular women’s One-day and Twenty20 championship in Qatar in January 2014. Women’s international teams from the Pakistan, South Africa and Ireland participated in the seven championship matches. This was the first championship ever to be sanctioned by the International Cricket Council.
- The following lilst contains the 14 players in Qatar's squad for the 2009 ACC Twenty20 Cup:
- Umer Taj (Captain)
- Rusharat Ali
- Zaheeruddin Ibrahim
- Feroz Mohammad
- Sardar Badshah
- Irfan Bukhari
- Gul Zarin Salim
- Vinod Kumar
- Ali Ahsan
- Sheikh Raheel
- Ahmed Qureshi
- Abbas Hussain
- Osman Mohammed Al-Amoodi