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The Bhutan national cricket team, nicknamed The Dragons, represents the Kingdom of Bhutan in international cricket. The team is organised by the Bhutan Cricket Council Board, which became an affiliate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2001[4] and an associate member in 2017.[2] Bhutan made its international debut in 2003, at the Emerging Nations Tournament organised by the Asian Cricket Council (ACC). The team has since regularly participated in ACC tournaments, and also in two World Cricket League events, WCL Division Eight in 2010 and 2012.[5]

Bhutan
Flag of Bhutan.svg
Nickname(s)The Dragons
AssociationBhutan Cricket Council Board
Personnel
CaptainJigme Singye
CoachDamber Singh Gurung[1]
International Cricket Council
ICC statusAssociate member[2] (2017)
ICC regionAsia
ICC Rankings Current [3] Best-ever
T20I 62nd 62nd (2-May-2019)
International cricket
First internationalBhutan Bhutan v. Maldives 
(Kirtipur, Nepal; 6 March 2003)
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 Bhutan and other ICC members after 1 January 2019 will be a full T20I.[6]

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HistoryEdit

Bhutan Cricket Council Board became an affiliate member of the ICC in 2001. They made their ACC Trophy debut at the 2004 tournament, where they made the quarter finals.

They again competed at the ACC Trophy in 2006 but were eliminated in the first round after a series of heavy defeats. Their only win came against newcomers Myanmar.

Following the 2006 ACC Trophy, the tournament was split into two divisions: Elite and Challenge. Bhutan took part in the 2009 ACC Trophy Challenge, where they were runners up. This result qualified them for the next ACC Trophy Elite as well as Division Eight of the World Cricket League.

Tournament historyEdit

World Cricket LeagueEdit

ACC TrophyEdit

ACC Trophy ChallengeEdit

In December 2011 took part in the ACC Twenty20 Cup in Nepal which served as qualifier for 2012 ICC World Twenty20.[7]

RecordsEdit

Statistics from Bhutan in World Cricket League matches and ACC Events

Current Squad
Name Matches Runs Wickets
Dilip Subba 11 18 14
Jigme Singye 25 359 23
Kinley Penjor 4 2 3
Lobzang Yonten 21 120 27
Manoj Adhikari 13 228 0
Phuntsho Wangdi 26 214 17
Sanjeevan Gurung 10 49 0
Sanjog Chhetri 7 31 0
Sonam Tobgay 27 444 9
Suman Pradhan 1 0 0
Suprit Pradhan 15 250 5
Tashi Tshering 10 97 0
Tenzin Wangchuk 5 25 10
Thinley Jamtsho 19 273 9
Notable former Players
Name Matches Runs Wickets
Kumar Subba 21 272 3
Tshering Dorji 21 167 0
Dampo Dorji 18 130 4
Kencho Norbu 17 121 0
Tandin Wangchuk 11 41 10
Barun Wakhley 10 33 4
Dorji Loday 8 68 13

Highest scoresEdit

Suprit Pradhan – 82 vs Suriname at Faleata Oval No. 4, Apia on 22 September 2012

Manoj Adhikari – 61 vs Suriname at KOCU Ground, Ahmadi City on 7 November 2010

Manoj Adhikari – 58 vs Bahamas at Sulabiya Ground, Kuwait City on 12 November 2010

Sonam Tobgay – 55 vs Saudi Arabia at The Padang, Singapore on 8 June 2014

Jigme Singye – 53 vs Gibraltar at KOCH Ground, Ahmadi City on 11 November 2010

Best bowling figuresEdit

Dorji Loday – 6/17 vs Burma at Gymkhana Club, Chiang Mai on 17 January 2009

Tenzin Wangchuk – 6/73 vs Singapore at The Padang, Singapore on 10 June 2014

Jigme Singye – 5/23 vs Bahamas at Sulabiya Ground, Kuwait City on 12 November 2010

Dorji Loday – 5/29 vs Thailand at Gymkhana Club, Chiang Mai on 19 January 2009

Dilip Subba – 4/13 vs Thailand at Gymkhana Club, Chiang Mai on 19 January 2009

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Vishal Yadav (Bhutan - Damber Singh Gurung - Coach & National Player – Global Cricket Community. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Ireland and Afghanistan ICC newest full members amid wide-ranging governance reform". International Cricket Council. 22 June 2017. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  3. ^ "ICC Rankings". International Cricket Council.
  4. ^ Country: Bhutan – CricketArchive. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  5. ^ Other matches played by Bhutan – CricketArchive. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  6. ^ "All T20 matches between ICC members to get international status". International Cricket Council. 26 April 2018. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  7. ^ [1]

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