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China national cricket team

The China national cricket team is the team that represents the People's Republic of China in international cricket. The team is organised by the Chinese Cricket Association, which became an affiliate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2004[3] and an associate member in 2017.[1] China did not make its debut in international cricket until the 2009 ACC Trophy Challenge,[4] although the Shanghai Cricket Club had previously acted as a de facto national side, from 1866 playing interport matches against international teams.[5] China has since participated in several other Asian Cricket Council (ACC) tournaments, as well as at the 2010 and 2014 Asian Games cricket events.[4] Hong Kong (a Special Administrative Region of China) and Taiwan (claimed as China's 23rd province) both field separate teams in international cricket.

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AssociationChinese Cricket Association
CoachPakistan Rashid Khan
International Cricket Council
ICC statusAssociate member[1] (2017)
ICC regionAsia
ICC Rankings Current [2] Best-ever
T20I 81st 76th (2-May-2019)
International cricket
First internationalChina China v. Iran 
(Chiang Mai, Thailand; 13 January 2009)
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As of 18 November 2019

In April 2018, the ICC decided to grant full Twenty20 International (T20I) status to all its members. Therefore, all Twenty20 matches played between China and other ICC members after 1 January 2019 will be a full T20I.[6]


Between 1858 and 1948, the Shanghai Cricket Club, the largest club in the country, played games against many touring sides, but it was not recognised as an official national team.

Since September 2005, the Chinese Cricket Association has conducted eight coaching/umpiring training courses with assistance from the Asian Cricket Council. The sport is now played in nine cities in China, namely Beijing, Shanghai, Shenyang, Dalian, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chongqing, Tianjin and Jinan. More than 150 schools have been involved.

China took part in the 2009 ACC Trophy Challenge, their first appearance in a representative tournament. The Chinese lost all of their group matches, including against Iran and the Maldives where they lost by 307 and 315 runs respectively. In the seventh place playoff China recorded their first ever international win when they beat Myanmar by 118 runs.

China took part in the 2014 ACC Twenty20 Cup in the United Arab Emirates. The team lost their first game against Afghanistan by 9 wickets after being bowled out for just 37. China lost all five of their groups games by wide margins, including a record low total and record margin of defeat in a representative Twenty20 match when they lost to the United Arab Emirates by 209 runs after conceding 236 runs during the UAE's innings and then in reply were bowled out for 27 runs, with 15 of those runs coming in extras. They lost to Bahrain in the eleventh place playoff, thus finishing the tournament in twelfth and last place.

China participated in the 2010 Asian Games where, as host, it played against Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Oman, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates.

Chinese Cricket Association aimsEdit

In 2006 the Chinese Cricket Association set itself ambitious goals over the coming years.[7] These are:

  • 2009: Have 720 teams across the country in a well-organised structure
  • 2015: Have 20,000 players and 2,000 coaches
  • 2019: Qualify for the World Cup
  • 2020: Gain Test status


Locations of all stadiums which have hosted international cricket matches within China

Tournament historyEdit

ACC Trophy ChallengeEdit

  • 2009: 7th place
  • 2010: 6th place
  • 2012: 6th place

ACC Twenty20 CupEdit

  • 2009: 12th place
  • 2011: Did Not Qualify
  • 2013: Did Not Qualify
  • 2015: Did Not Qualify

Asian GamesEdit

East Asia CupEdit

See alsoEdit


  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. ^ China – CricketArchive. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  4. ^ a b Other matches played by China – CricketArchive. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  5. ^ Other matches played by Shanghai – 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. ^ Ranajit Sankar Dam and Wie Jie (May 2006). "Enter the dragon". Cricinfo Magazine. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  8. ^ "EAST ASIA MEN'S T-20 CHAMPIONSHIPS, 2015/16". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  9. ^ "East Asia Cup Tournament organised between China, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea". Japan Cricket Association. 19 February 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  10. ^ "History of the Games". Cricket Hong Kong. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  11. ^ "East Asia Cup 2016/17 - Fixtures & Results". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  12. ^ "East Asia Cup Table - 2018". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 15 September 2018.