Fiji national cricket team
The Fiji national cricket team is the team that represents the Republic of Fiji in international cricket. They have been an associate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) since 1965, although the team's history goes back to the late 19th century.
|First-class debut|| Fiji v. Auckland |
(Auckland, New Zealand; 25 January 1895)
|International Cricket Council|
|ICC status||Associate member (1965)|
|ICC region||East Asia-Pacific|
|First international|| Fiji v. Australia |
(Suva, Fiji; 27 March 1905)
|One Day Internationals|
|World Cup Qualifier appearances||7 (first in 1979)|
|Best result||11th place (1997)|
|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 Fiji and other ICC members after 1 January 2019 will be a full T20I.
Cricket was introduced to Fiji by European settlers in 1874, and the native population began taking up the game in 1878. The governor of Fiji at the time listed introducing cricket to the native Fijians as one of the achievements of his tenure in his memoirs.
1895 tour of New ZealandEdit
Fiji's team on the tour in 1895 was captained by John Udal, whose great-grandson Shaun would eventually play Test cricket for England. The first match of the tour was a two-day match against Auckland, which Fiji lost by an innings.
A low scoring second match against Otago was drawn after rain washed out the first of the two days. The third match against Canterbury was also lost by an innings, before a draw against Wellington.
1907–08 tour of AustraliaEdit
In 1907–08, Fiji toured Australia, playing 26 matches against state, university and district sides between 11 December 1907 and 30 March 1908. In the drawn two-day match against Queensland, Pope Cakobau took 7 for 105 and 3 for 56. The Fijian team also played a two-day match against New South Wales and two against Victoria. All four of these matches were drawn.
1923–24 New Zealand tour of FijiEdit
A New Zealand team captained by Walter Harvie, and consisting mostly of players from Auckland, toured Fiji in March and April 1924, playing five matches, including two three-day matches against Fiji. None of the matches were first-class.
1935–36 New Zealand tour of FijiEdit
A young New Zealand team captained by Bruce Massey, known as the Maorilanders, toured Fiji in December 1935 and January 1936, playing nine matches, including two three-day matches against Fiji. None of the matches were first-class.
Post War periodEdit
Fiji toured New Zealand twice more, in 1948 and 1954. Fiji's first match against a Test-playing nation came in 1956, when the West Indies visited. Fiji won the match against a team featuring the likes of Garfield Sobers by 28 runs despite being bowled out for 91, largely thanks to a six wicket haul from John Gosling.
1948 tour of New ZealandEdit
The tour continued with a 46 run defeat by Otago and concluded with a 115 run win against Auckland. One notable player for Fiji on this tour was IL Bula, who scored the most runs and the only century on the tour. Bula's full name is Ilikena Lasarusa Talebulamainavaleniveivakabulaimainakulalakebalau, and his name is thought to be the longest of any first class cricketer.
1954 tour of New ZealandEdit
Just four matches were played on the 1954 tour, which started with a two wicket defeat to Otago. The tour continued with another two wicket defeat, this time to Canterbury, before a 117 run defeat to Wellington. The tour ended with a seven wicket win against Auckland. The team included Ratu Kamisese Mara who would go on to become the Prime Minister and President of Fiji.
Fiji gained associate membership of the ICC in 1965. They played in the first ICC Trophy tournament in 1979, and played in every one until 2001. They also played in the first ACC Trophy in 1996, losing in the semi-final to the UAE.
In 2001, Fiji played in the first Pacifica Cup in Auckland, reaching the final where they lost to the New Zealand Māori by three wickets. They played in the 2002 tournament in Samoa, finishing third after beating the Cook Islands in a play-off.
In 2003, Fiji hosted the South Pacific Games. The cricket tournament saw the hosts lose to Papua New Guinea in the final. The following year, they took part in the EAP Challenge in Fuji City, Japan, winning after beating Tonga in the final. This qualified them for the repêchage tournament for the 2005 ICC Trophy. At that tournament in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, they reached the final, where they lost to Papua New Guinea by 30 runs, thus missing out on the 2005 ICC Trophy.
In 2006, Fiji played in the 2006 ICC EAP Cricket Trophy in Brisbane, Australia. They won the tournament winning all of their matches against the Cook Islands and Japan, qualifying them for Division Three of the World Cricket League in Darwin, Australia. They warmed up for the tournament with a three match series at home against Vanuatu, winning all three matches, but were unsuccessful in the tournament itself, losing all five games they played, thus meaning they will have to take part in Division Four in 2008.
Fiji took part in the 2010 ICC World Cricket League Division Five in Nepal, where they finished sixth and last and in doing so failed to win a single match in the tournament. Fiji then played in the 2011 ICC World Cricket League Division Six and finished sixth and last and in doing so were relegated to 2013 ICC World Cricket League Division Seven.
World Cricket LeagueEdit
- 2007: Division Three – 8th place
- 2008: Division Four – 5th place
- 2010: Division Five – 6th place
- 2011: Division Six – 6th place
- 2013: Division Seven – 3rd place
- 2015: Division Six – 5th place
- 1979: First round
- 1982: First round
- 1986: First round
- 1990: Plate competition
- 1994: Plate competition
- 1997: 11th place
- 2001: First round
- 2005: Did not qualify
South Pacific GamesEdit
Fiji's most famous player is Neil Maxwell, who played first-class cricket for New South Wales and Victoria in Australia, and for Canterbury in New Zealand in addition to representing Australia A. Nat Uluiviti is the other Fijian to have played first-class cricket for a team other than Fiji, playing for Auckland in the 1950s.
The Fiji squad at the 2015 ICC World Cricket League Division Six tournament was as follows:
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- Fiji in New Zealand, 1947/48 at Cricket Archive
- Fiji in New Zealand, 1953/54 at Cricket Archive
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- Scorecard of Wellington v Fiji, 1 March 1948 at Cricket Archive
- Scorecard of Canterbury v Fiji, 5 March 1948 at Cricket Archive
- Scorecard of Otago v Fiji, 13 March 1948 at Cricket Archive
- Scorecard of Auckland v Fiji, 3 April 1948 at Cricket Archive
- First-class Batting and Fielding for Fiji in New Zealand 1947/48 at Cricket Archive
- IL Bula at Cricinfo
- Scorecard of Otago v Fiji, 12 February 1954 at Cricket Archive
- Scorecard of Canterbury v Fiji, 19 February 1954 at Cricket Archive
- Scorecard of Wellington v Fiji, 26 February 1954 at Cricket Archive
- Scorecard of Auckland v Fiji, 6 March 1954 at Cricket Archive
- ICC Trophy matches played by Fiji at Cricket Archive
- 1996 ACC Trophy results summary at Cricinfo
- 2001 Pacifica Cup at CricketEurope
- 2002 Pacifica Cup at CricketEurope
- Report from final of the 2003 South Pacific Games
- EAP qualifying for the 2005 ICC Trophy at the official website of the 2005 ICC Trophy
- Scorecard of Fiji v Papua New Guinea, 27 February 2005 at Cricket Archive
- Vanuatu in Fiji, 2006/07 at Cricket Archive
- 2007 ICC World Cricket League Division Three Archived 24 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine at CricketEurope
- WCL structure for 2006–2009
- Papua New Guinea take home the gold, by Andrew Nixon, 2 September 2007 at CricketEurope
- 1979 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
- 1982 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
- 1986 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
- 1990 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
- 1994 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
- 1997 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
- 2001 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
- 2005 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
- Neil Maxwell at Cricket Archive
- Nat Uluiviti at Cricket Archive