Fiji national cricket team

The Fiji national cricket team is the men's team that represents Fiji in international cricket. Fiji has been an associate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) since 1965,[4] although the team's history goes back to the late 19th century.[5]

AssociationCricket Fiji
CaptainJone Wesele
First-class debutv Auckland at Auckland Domain; 25 January 1895
International Cricket Council
ICC statusAssociate member (1965)
ICC regionEast Asia-Pacific
ICC Rankings Current[1] Best-ever
T20I 66th 48th (12 May 2019)
International cricket
First internationalv  Australia at Suva, Fiji; 27 March 1905
One Day Internationals
World Cup Qualifier appearances7 (first in 1979)
Best result11th place (1997)
Twenty20 Internationals
First T20Iv  Vanuatu at Independence Park, Port Vila; 9 September 2022
Last T20Iv  Samoa at Albert Park Ground 1, Suva; 18 March 2023
T20Is Played Won/Lost
Total[2] 10 5/5
(0 ties, 0 no results)
This year[3] 0 0/0
(0 ties, 0 no results)
As of 1 January 2024

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 since 1 January 2019 have the T20I status.[6]

History edit

Early days edit

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.[5]

Early tours edit

Fiji was playing first-class cricket just 21 years after cricket was introduced to the country, when they toured New Zealand in early 1895.[7]

1895 tour of New Zealand edit

Fiji's team on the tour in 1895 was captained by John Udal,[8] whose great-grandson Shaun would eventually play Test cricket for England.[9] The first match of the tour was a two-day match against Auckland, which Fiji lost by an innings.[10]

A low scoring second match against Otago was drawn after rain washed out the first of the two days.[11] The third match against Canterbury was also lost by an innings,[12] before a draw against Wellington.[13]

The final two matches of the tour went much better for the Fijians, winning against Hawke's Bay by an innings after a century from John Collins,[14] and beating Taranaki by two wickets.[15]

1907–08 tour of Australia edit

In 1907–08, Fiji toured Australia, playing 26 matches against state, university and district sides between 11 December 1907 and 30 March 1908.[16] In the drawn two-day match against Queensland, Pope Cakobau took 7 for 105 and 3 for 56.[17] 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 Fiji edit

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.[18][19]

1935–36 New Zealand tour of Fiji edit

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.[20][21][22]

Post War period edit

Fiji toured New Zealand twice more, in 1948[23] and 1954.[24] 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.[25]

1948 tour of New Zealand edit

Like the tour in 1895, the 1948 tour started with a defeat to Auckland, by 168 runs.[26] Fiji won their next match against Wellington by one wicket,[27] before losing to Canterbury by 36 runs.[28]

The tour continued with a 46 run defeat by Otago[29] and concluded with a 115 run win against Auckland.[30] One notable player for Fiji on this tour was IL Bula, who scored the most runs and the only century on the tour.[31] Bula's full name is Ilikena Lasarusa Talebulamainavaleniveivakabulaimainakulalakebalau, and his name is thought to be the longest of any first class cricketer.[32]

1954 tour of New Zealand edit

Just four matches were played on the 1954 tour,[24] which started with a two wicket defeat to Otago.[33] The tour continued with another two wicket defeat, this time to Canterbury,[34] before a 117 run defeat to Wellington.[35] The tour ended with a seven wicket win against Auckland.[36] The team included Ratu Kamisese Mara who would go on to become the Prime Minister and President of Fiji.

1983–84 England visit to Fiji edit

An England XI played two limited-over matches against the Fiji Cricket Association President's XI in 1984.[37] Basically this was the full England squad of the day on its way to tour New Zealand.[38] The England side won both matches although they were given a serious scare in the second, the Fijian side losing by only 18 runs.[39]

ICC membership edit

Fiji gained associate membership of the ICC in 1965.[4] They played in the first ICC Trophy tournament in 1979, and played in every one until 2001.[40] They also played in the first ACC Trophy in 1996, losing in the semi-final to the UAE.[41]

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.[42] They played in the 2002 tournament in Samoa, finishing third after beating the Cook Islands in a play-off.[43]

In 2003, Fiji hosted the South Pacific Games. The cricket tournament saw the hosts lose to Papua New Guinea in the final.[44] 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.[45] 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.[46]

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,[47] but were unsuccessful in the tournament itself, losing all five games they played,[48] thus meaning they will have to take part in Division Four in 2008.[49]

Later in 2007, they took part in the cricket tournament at the 2007 South Pacific Games, losing to Papua New Guinea in the final group game, meaning that they went home with the silver medal.[50]

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.

Tournament history edit

World Cricket League edit

ICC Trophy edit

ACC Trophy edit

South Pacific Games edit

  • 1979: Bronze medal
  • 1987: Silver medal
  • 1991: Silver medal
  • 2003: Silver medal[44]
  • 2007: Silver medal[50]
  • 2011: Silver medal

ICC T20 World Cup East Asia-Pacific Qualifier edit

  • 2018-19: 4th place (Group A Subregional Qualifier)
  • 2022-23: 2nd place (Group A Subregional Qualifier)

Records edit

International Match Summary — Fiji[59]

Last updated 18 March 2023

Playing Record
Format M W L T NR Inaugural Match
Twenty20 Internationals 10 5 5 0 0 9 September 2022

Twenty20 International edit

T20I record versus other nations[59]

Opponent M W L T NR First match First win
vs Associate Members
  Cook Islands 2 1 1 0 0 10 September 2022 10 September 2022
  Samoa 4 4 0 0 0 11 September 2022 11 September 2022
  Vanuatu 4 0 4 0 0 9 September 2022

Records complete to T20I #2029. Last updated 18 March 2023.

Other records edit

For a list of selected international matches played by Fiji, see Cricket Archive.

Players edit

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.[60] Nat Uluiviti is the other Fijian to have played first-class cricket for a team other than Fiji, playing for Auckland in the 1950s.[61]

Current squad edit

The Fiji squad at the 2015 ICC World Cricket League Division Six tournament was as follows:

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "ICC Rankings". International Cricket Council.
  2. ^ "T20I matches - Team records". ESPNcricinfo.
  3. ^ "T20I matches - 2024 Team records". ESPNcricinfo.
  4. ^ a b Fiji at CricketArchive
  5. ^ a b "Fiji Cricket Association: History". SportsTG. Archived from the original on 1 December 2018.
  6. ^ "All T20 matches between ICC members to get international status". International Cricket Council. 26 April 2018. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  7. ^ Fiji in New Zealand, 1894/95 Archived 4 September 2004 at the Wayback Machine at Cricket Archive
  8. ^ "A century in the Fiji islands". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  9. ^ John Udal at Cricket Archive
  10. ^ Scorecard of Auckland v Fiji, 25 January 1895 at Cricket Archive
  11. ^ Scorecard of Otago v Fiji, 1 February 1895 at Cricket Archive
  12. ^ Scorecard of Canterbury v Fiji, 8 February 1895 at Cricket Archive
  13. ^ Scorecard of Wellington v Fiji, 15 February 1895 at Cricket Archive
  14. ^ Scorecard of Hawke's Bay v Fiji, 19 February 1895 at Cricket Archive
  15. ^ Scorecard of Taranaki v Fiji, 22 February 1895 at Cricket Archive
  16. ^ Fiji in Australia, 1907-08 at CricketArchive
  17. ^ Scorecard of Queensland v Fiji, 1 January 1908 at CricketArchive
  18. ^ "Fiji Cricket Tour: Five games to be played". Auckland Star. LV (76): 7. 29 March 1924. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  19. ^ "Cricketers in Fiji". Auckland Star. LV (101): 9. 30 April 1924. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  20. ^ "N.Z. team for Fiji: Leaves by Niagara tomorrow". Auckland Star. LXVI (292): 18. 10 December 1935. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  21. ^ "Cricket in Fiji: Maoriland Team". New Zealand Herald. LXXIII (22322): 14. 21 January 1936. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  22. ^ Bell, Jamie (8 July 2014). "The Maorilanders". NZ Cricket Museum. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  23. ^ Fiji in New Zealand, 1947/48 at Cricket Archive
  24. ^ a b Fiji in New Zealand, 1953/54 at Cricket Archive
  25. ^ Scorecard of Fiji v West Indies, 12 January 1956 at Cricket Archive
  26. ^ Scorecard of Auckland v Fiji, 13 February 1948 at Cricket Archive
  27. ^ Scorecard of Wellington v Fiji, 1 March 1948 at Cricket Archive
  28. ^ Scorecard of Canterbury v Fiji, 5 March 1948 at Cricket Archive
  29. ^ Scorecard of Otago v Fiji, 13 March 1948 at Cricket Archive
  30. ^ Scorecard of Auckland v Fiji, 3 April 1948 at Cricket Archive
  31. ^ First-class Batting and Fielding for Fiji in New Zealand 1947/48 at Cricket Archive
  32. ^ IL Bula at Cricinfo
  33. ^ Scorecard of Otago v Fiji, 12 February 1954 at Cricket Archive
  34. ^ Scorecard of Canterbury v Fiji, 19 February 1954 at Cricket Archive
  35. ^ Scorecard of Wellington v Fiji, 26 February 1954 at Cricket Archive
  36. ^ Scorecard of Auckland v Fiji, 6 March 1954 at Cricket Archive
  37. ^ England in Fiji, Jan 1984
  38. ^ England in New Zealand, 1983-84
  39. ^ Fiji Cricket Assoc. Pres. XI v England XI at Suva, 3 Jan 1984 (scores)
  40. ^ ICC Trophy matches played by Fiji Archived 7 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine at Cricket Archive
  41. ^ a b 1996 ACC Trophy results summary at Cricinfo
  42. ^ 2001 Pacifica Cup Archived 10 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine at CricketEurope
  43. ^ 2002 Pacifica Cup Archived 3 July 2007 at the Wayback Machine at CricketEurope
  44. ^ a b "Report from final of the 2003 South Pacific Games". Archived from the original on 30 November 2007. Retrieved 10 October 2007.
  45. ^ EAP qualifying for the 2005 ICC Trophy at the official website of the 2005 ICC Trophy
  46. ^ Scorecard of Fiji v Papua New Guinea, 27 February 2005 at Cricket Archive
  47. ^ Vanuatu in Fiji, 2006/07 at Cricket Archive
  48. ^ 2007 ICC World Cricket League Division Three Archived 24 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine at CricketEurope
  49. ^ WCL structure for 2006–2009
  50. ^ a b Papua New Guinea take home the gold, by Andrew Nixon, 2 September 2007 at CricketEurope
  51. ^ 1979 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
  52. ^ 1982 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
  53. ^ 1986 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
  54. ^ 1990 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
  55. ^ 1994 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
  56. ^ 1997 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
  57. ^ 2001 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
  58. ^ 2005 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
  59. ^ a b "Records / Fiji / Twenty20 Internationals / Result summary". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 15 September 2022.
  60. ^ Neil Maxwell at Cricket Archive
  61. ^ Nat Uluiviti at Cricket Archive

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