Iran national cricket team
The Iran national cricket team (Persian: تیم ملی کریکت ایران) is a cricket team representing Iran in international cricket. They became an affiliate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2003 and an associate member in 2017.
|International Cricket Council|
|ICC status||Associate member (2017)|
|First international||13 June 2004 v |
Bhutan at Kelab Aman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
|First T20I||v United Arab Emirates at Al Amerat Cricket Stadium Turf 2, Muscat; 23 February 2020|
|Last T20I||v Kuwait at Al Amerat Cricket Stadium Turf 2, Muscat; 25 February 2020|
|As of 25 February 2020|
Cricket was introduced in Iran in the 1920s and 1930s by the British who were working in the oil industry but it ceased when the oil industry was nationalised in 1951. Cricket was reintroduced in the early 1990s by Iranians who had studied abroad. Iran joined the Asian Cricket Council in 2003. Iran's men's cricket league was established in 2014 with eight teams as participants and Chah Bahar became the first winners. In the same year women's cricket league was also established which was won by Mashhad.
Following their admission to the International Cricket Council, they made their international debut at the 2004 ACC Trophy, and played in the tournament again in the 2006 tournament. On both occasions, they failed to progress beyond the first round. With the separation of the ACC Trophy into Elite and Challenge divisions, following their performance at the 2006 ACC Trophy Iran have since competed in the Challenge divisions in both 2009 and in the 2010 competition, coming 5th in both.
In April 2018, the ICC decided to grant full Twenty20 International (T20I) status to all its members. Therefore, all Twenty20 matches played between Iran and other ICC members after 1 January 2019 will be a full T20I. Iran played their first T20I against UAE on 23 February 2020 during the 2020 ACC Western Region T20.
Iran's kits vary from year to year; the team have worn kits in green color, at times red kits and also grey kits. The kits always have 'Iran' written on the front of the jersey; usually Iran's cricket logo and at times sponsor logos also appear.
|2009 Challenge||5th place|
|2010 Challenge||5th place|
|2012 Challenge||5th place|
ACC Middle East CupEdit
(out of 5 teams)
Records and StatisticsEdit
International Match Summary — IranLast updated 25 February 2020
|Twenty20 Internationals||3||0||3||0||0||23 February 2020|
T20I record versus other nations
Records complete to T20I #1061. Last updated 25 February 2020.
|Opponent||M||W||L||T||NR||First match||First win|
|vs Associate Members|
|Kuwait||1||0||1||0||0||25 February 2020|
|Saudi Arabia||1||0||1||0||0||24 February 2020|
|United Arab Emirates||1||0||1||0||0||23 February 2020|
- Highest team total: 369/6 v China, January 13, 2009 at Gymkhana Club, Chiang Mai
- Lowest team total: 29 v Nepal, June 14, 2004 at Kelab Aman, Kuala Lumpur
Highest limited-overs scores for IranEdit
|Nariman Bakhtiar||120||China||Gymkhana Club, Chiang Mai||2009|
|Shirmohammad Baloochnezhad||119||China||Gymkhana Club, Chiang Mai||2009|
Most limited-overs runs for IranEdit
|Player||Runs||Total matches||Career span|
Best bowling figures in an innings for IranEdit
|Abdul Ghafar Bejarzehi||5/55||Saudi Arabia||Doha Entertainment City Ground, Kuwait City||2006|
|Afshin Tirehdast||4/10||China||Royal Chiang Mai Golf Club, Maerim||2012|
|Naiem Bameri||4/12||China||Terdthai Cricket Ground, Bangkok||2010|
|Raez Mehrazar||4/30||Bhutan||Kelab Aman, Kuala Lumpur||2004|
|Loghman Sheikhi||4/33||Brunei||Prem Tinsulanonda International School, Chiang Mai||2009|
|Abdolvahab Ebrahimpour||4/41||Qatar||Asian Institute of Technology Ground, Bangkok||2010|
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- "T20I matches - 2020 Team records". ESPNcricinfo.
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- "UAE batter Iran to record lowest score in a completed T20I innings". The National. Retrieved 23 February 2020.
- "Records / Iran / Twenty20 Internationals / Result summary". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 February 2020.