Greece national cricket team

The Greece national cricket team is the team that represents the country of Greece in international cricket. The side is organised by the Hellenic Cricket Federation, which became an affiliate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 1995 and an associate member in 2017.[1]

Greece (Hellas)
Flag of Greece.svg
Flag of Greece
AssociationHellenic Cricket Federation
International Cricket Council
ICC statusAssociate member[1] with T20I status (2017)
ICC regionEurope
ICC Rankings Current[2] Best-ever
T20I 72nd 62nd (02 May 2022)
International cricket
First internationalGreece Greece v. Spain 
(St Peter Port, Guernsey; 21 May 1990)
Twenty20 Internationals
First T20Iv  Serbia at Marina Ground, Corfu; 15 October 2019
Last T20Iv  Sweden at Tikkurila Cricket Ground, Vantaa; 18 July 2022
T20Is Played Won/Lost
Total[3] 11 3/7 (0 ties, 1 no result)
This year[4] 4 1/3 (0 ties, 0 no result)
As of 20 July 2022

Greece made its international debut at the 1990 European Cricketer Cup in Guernsey, and has participated regularly in European Cricket Council tournaments since then.[5] Cricket in the country is played mainly on the island of Corfu. This strong cricket tradition is due to the 50 years British rule of the Ionian islands at the time of the liberation of Greece from the Ottoman Empire. Efforts are currently underway to expand the game further outside Corfu.[6]

HistoryEdit

The Greek cricket team appeared in every edition of the ECC Trophy from 1999 to 2005, hosting and winning the tournament in 1999. This enabled them to play in Division Two of the European Championship in 2000, finishing in sixth place. They once again played in the tournament in 2006, but this time they met with controversy. After winning all three of their first round group games, they looked to be a favourite for the tournament, and promotion to Division One. However, it was revealed that they had fielded two ineligible players and their wins were cancelled. Then they opted not to travel to RAF Lossiemouth to play Israel in the eighth place play-off, despite being fully aware that this would forfeit that game, and relegate them.[1]

In September 2009 Greece took part in the 2009 European Cricket Championship Division Five in Corfu, Greece. The national team won the event with five wins out the five games [2].

2018-PresentEdit

In April 2018, the ICC decided to grant full Twenty20 International (T20I) status to all its members. Therefore, all Twenty20 matches played between Greece and other ICC members after 1 January 2019 will be a full T20I.[7]

Greece played their first T20I on 15 October 2019, against Serbia, during the 2019 Hellenic Premier League.

15 October 2019
14:30
Scorecard
Serbia  
52 (15.2 overs)
v
  Greece
56/0 (4.3 overs)
Apon Mustafizur 11 (26)
Arslan Ahmed 3/15 (4 overs)
Muhammad Awais 32* (18)
Greece won by 10 wickets
Marina Ground, Gouvia
Umpires: Ioannis Afthinos (Gre) and Ruban Sivanadian (Can)
  • Greece won the toss and elected to field.
  • First ever T20I match for Greece.

International GroundsEdit

Locations of grounds which have hosted international cricket matches within Greece

Tournament historyEdit

European Cricket ChampionshipEdit

  • 2000: 6th place (Division Two)[3]
  • 2006: Disqualified (Division Two)[4]
  • 2009: 1st place (Division Five)[5]
  • 2011: 6th place (Division Two) [6]
  • 2012: 5th place (Division 2)[7]
  • 2014: 4th place (Division 3)[8]

The last squad to participate in Division 3 is as follows:

  • Anastasios Manousis( Captain)
  • Spiros Bogdos
  • Spiros Gasteratos
  • Spiros Goustis
  • Alexandros Grammenos
  • Nasos Karakantas
  • Andrew Koutsoufis
  • Alex Lagos
  • Christos Molinaris
  • Othonas Nikitas
  • Spiros Nikokavoura
  • Alexandros Souvlakis
  • Dimitris Triantafillidis
  • Ioannis Vasilas
  • Stylianos Goustis (Team Manager)

In 2012 the European T20 Championship was held in Corfu. Hellas were captained by former Hampshire wicket-keeper Nic Pothas.

Records and StatisticsEdit

International Match Summary — Greece[8]

Last updated 18 July 2022

Playing Record
Format M W L T NR Inaugural Match
Twenty20 Internationals 11 3 7 0 1 15 October 2019

Twenty20 InternationalEdit

T20I record versus other nations[8]

Records complete to T20I #1670. Last updated 18 July 2022.

Opponent M W L T NR First match First win
vs Associate Members
  Bulgaria 4 1 2 0 1 16 October 2019 16 October 2019
  Croatia 1 0 1 0 0 15 July 2022
  Finland 1 0 1 0 0 16 July 2022
  Italy 1 0 1 0 0 12 July 2022
  Romania 1 0 1 0 0 24 June 2021
  Serbia 2 2 0 0 0 15 October 2019 15 October 2019
  Sweden 1 0 1 0 0 18 July 2022

See alsoEdit

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. ^ "ICC Rankings". International Cricket Council.
  3. ^ "T20I matches - Team records". ESPNcricinfo.
  4. ^ "T20I matches - 2022 Team records". ESPNcricinfo.
  5. ^ Other matches played by Greece Archived 24 December 2019 at the Wayback Machine – CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 6 September 2006.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "All T20 matches between ICC members to get international status". International Cricket Council. 26 April 2018. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Records / Greece / Twenty20 Internationals / Result summary". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
  9. ^ "Records / Greece / Twenty20 Internationals / Highest totals". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
  10. ^ "Records / Greece / Twenty20 Internationals / High scores". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
  11. ^ "Records / Greece / Twenty20 Internationals / Best bowling figures". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 18 October 2019.

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