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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[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]

Belize
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AssociationBelize National Cricket Association
International Cricket Council
ICC statusAssociate member[1] (2017)
ICC regionAmericas
International cricket
First internationalBritish Honduras British Honduras v. MCC England
(Belize City; 4 April 1960)
As of 4 September 2015

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.[5]

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.[6]

In 2006, they hosted the first ever Central American Cricket Championship, where they won the tournament that also featured Costa Rica and Mexico.[7] Later in the year, they played in the second division of the ICC Americas Championship, finishing fifth of five teams.[8] 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.[9]

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.[10]

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.[11]

Tournament historyEdit

ICC Americas Championship

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

Central American Championship

  • 2006: Won
  • 2007: Did not participate
  • 2009: 3rd place

Easter Cup

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

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. ^ Belize at CricketArchive.com
  3. ^ Other matches played by British Honduras – CricketArchive. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  4. ^ Other matches played by British Honduras – CricketArchive. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  5. ^ "All T20 matches between ICC members to get international status". International Cricket Council. 26 April 2018. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  6. ^ News Flash Americas Mar 2004 Archived 4 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Belize claim first Central American cricket title at CricketArchive.com
  8. ^ ICC World Cricket League Americas Region Division Two 2006 Table at CricketArchive.com
  9. ^ News Flash Americas Nov 2007 Archived 4 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ News Flash Americas Dec 2008
  11. ^ (25 March 2011)."ICC cricket coach to help prepare Belize National Team"Amandala. Retrieved 4 September 2015.