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The Belize national cricket team represents the country of Belize in international cricket. The team is organised by the Belize National Cricket Association, which has been an affiliate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) since 1997[5] and an associate member since 2017.[1] A team representing British Honduras had debuted in 1960, when England visited after its 1959–60 tour of the West Indies.[6] Belize's first international tournament was a qualifier for the 2004 ICC Americas Championship, and the team has competed regularly in ICC Americas tournaments since then.[7]

Belize
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AssociationBelize National Cricket Association
Personnel
CaptainKenton Young
International Cricket Council
ICC statusAssociate member[1] (2017)
ICC regionAmericas
ICC Rankings Current [2] Best-ever
T20I 44th 44th
International cricket
First internationalBritish Honduras British Honduras v. MCC England
(Belize City; 4 April 1960)
Twenty20 Internationals
First T20Iv  Mexico at Reforma Athletic Club, Naucalpan; 25 April 2019
Last T20Iv  Costa Rica at Reforma Athletic Club, Naucalpan; 27 April 2019
T20Is Played Won/Lost
Total [3] 3 3/0
(0 ties, 0 no result)
This year [4] 3 3/0
(0 ties, 0 no result)
As of 3 May 2019

In April 2018, the ICC decided to grant full Twenty20 International (T20I) status to all its members. Therefore, all Twenty20 matches played between Belize and other ICC members after 1 January 2019 will be a full T20I.[8]

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HistoryEdit

Belize became an affiliate member of the ICC in 1997. Their first international match after affiliating was played against Suriname on 23 March 2004, in the 2004 Americas Affiliate Tournament – a match which they won.[9]

In 2006, they hosted the first ever Central American Cricket Championship, where they won the tournament that also featured Costa Rica and Mexico.[10] Later in the year, they played in the second division of the ICC Americas Championship, finishing fifth of five teams.[11] As a result, they were relegated to 2008 Division Three.

Belize were intended to play in the 2007 Central American Cricket Championship, but pulled out at the last minute giving El Salvador the chance to participate.[12]

In the 2008 Division Three tournament, although they were favourites to win, Belize finished third of five teams. Later that year, they took part in the 2nd Easter Cup held in El Salvador. Belize beat Costa Rica and Mexico to finish in first place in the Twenty20 competition.[13]

Belize took part in the 2009 Central American Championship, finishing third of five teams. They were beaten by close rivals Mexico in the new Twenty20 format of the competition.

At the 2011 Americas Twenty20 Division Two tournament, held in Suriname in April 2011, Belize were coached by Barbadian Wendell Coppin, who was funded by ICC Americas.[14]

2018-PresentEdit

In April 2018, the ICC decided to grant full Twenty20 International (T20I) status to all its members. Therefore, all Twenty20 matches played between Belize and other ICC members after 1 January 2019 will be a full T20I.[8]

In September 2018,Belize took part in 2018–19 ICC T20 World Cup Americas Qualifier,finished on 4th place.[15]

Belize play their first ever Twenty20 International match against Mexico in 2019 Central American Cricket Championship.

25 April 2019
08:00
Scorecard
Mexico  
108/9 (20 overs)
v
  Belize
112/6 (12.3 overs)
Pradeep Chandran 23 (28)
Aaron Muslar 3/18 (4 overs)
Bernan Stephenson 48 (27)
Rama Inampud 2/29 (4 overs)
Belize won by 4 wickets
Reforma Athletic Club, Naucalpan
Umpires: Supratim Das (Mex) and Kanti Lal Patel (Mex)
Player of the match: Bernan Stephenson (Blz)
  • Belize won the toss and elected to field.

On 28 April 2019,Belize won 2019 Central American Cricket Championship,after beating MCC by 5 wickets in final.

On 3rd May 2019, International Cricket Council release first ever global rankings for Twenty20 International in which Belize were placed on 44th rank.[16]

Tournament historyEdit

ICC T20 World Cup Americas QualifierEdit

2018-19-:4th place(Northern Sub Region)

ICC Americas ChampionshipEdit

  • 2000–2004: Did not participate
  • 2006: 5th place (Division Two)
  • 2008: 3rd place (Division Three)

Central American ChampionshipEdit

  • 2006: Winners
  • 2007: Did not participate
  • 2009: 3rd place
  • 2015: Did not participate
  • 2019: Winners

Easter CupEdit

  • Mar 2008: Did not participate
  • Dec 2008: Winners

PlayersEdit

RecordsEdit

International Match Summary — Mexico[18]

Last Updated 27 April 2019
Playing Record
Format M W L T NR Inaugural Match
Twenty20 Internationals 3 3 0 0 0 25 April 2019

Twenty20 InternationalEdit

T20I record versus other nations[18]

Records complete to T20I #771. Last updated 27 April 2019.

Opponent M W L T NR First match First win
vs Associate Members
v   Costa Rica 1 1 0 0 0 27 April 2019 27 April 2019
v   Mexico 1 1 0 0 0 25 April 2019 25 April 2019
v   Panama 1 1 0 0 0 26 April 2019 26 April 2019

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Ireland and Afghanistan ICC newest full members amid wide-ranging governance reform". International Cricket Council. 22 June 2017. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  2. ^ "ICC Rankings". International Cricket Council.
  3. ^ "T20I matches - Team records". ESPNcricinfo.
  4. ^ "T20I matches - 2019 Team records". ESPNcricinfo.
  5. ^ Belize at CricketArchive.com
  6. ^ Other matches played by British Honduras – CricketArchive. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  7. ^ Other matches played by British Honduras – CricketArchive. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  8. ^ a b "All T20 matches between ICC members to get international status". International Cricket Council. 26 April 2018. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  9. ^ News Flash Americas Mar 2004 Archived 4 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Belize claim first Central American cricket title at CricketArchive.com
  11. ^ ICC World Cricket League Americas Region Division Two 2006 Table at CricketArchive.com
  12. ^ News Flash Americas Nov 2007 Archived 4 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ News Flash Americas Dec 2008
  14. ^ (25 March 2011)."ICC cricket coach to help prepare Belize National Team"Amandala. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  15. ^ "Cricket growing in Carolina". North State Journal. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  16. ^ "ICC unveils Global Men's T20I Rankings Table featuring 80 teams". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 2 May 2019.
  17. ^ "Central American Cricket Championship 2019 – Belize". cricclubs.com. 20 April 2019. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  18. ^ a b "Records / Mexico / Twenty20 Internationals / Result summary". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  19. ^ "Belize T20I Highest totals". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  20. ^ "Belize T20I Highest individual score". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  21. ^ "Belize T20I Best bowling figures in an innings". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 25 April 2019.