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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[2] and an associate member in 2017.[1]

Iran
Irancricketlogo.png
International Cricket Council
ICC statusAssociate member[1] (2017)
ICC regionAsia
International cricket
First international13 June 2004 v
Bhutan Bhutan at Kelab Aman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
As of 10 December 2010

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HistoryEdit

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.[3]

Tournament historyEdit

ACC TrophyEdit

Host/Year Round/Rank
  2004 1st round
  2006 1st round
  2009 Challenge 5th place
  2010 Challenge 5th place
  2012 Challenge 5th place[4]

ACC Middle East CupEdit

Host/Year Round/Rank
  2006 5th place
(out of 5 teams)[5][6]

Team coloursEdit

Iran's kits vary from year to year; the team have worn kits in green color,[7] at times red kits[8] and also grey kits.[9] The kits always have 'Iran' written on the front of the jersey; usually Iran's cricket logo and at times sponsor logos also appear.

Head coachesEdit

CaptainsEdit

  • Hossein Ali Salimian 2003
  • Loghman Sheikhi 2006
  • Nariman Bakhtiar 2006-2009
  • Yousef Raissi 2010
  • Abdolvahab Ebrahimpour 2012
  • akbar ali 2016

Internationals Head-To-HeadEdit

Last updated: 7 August 2013

  • The result percentage excludes no results and counts ties as half a win
vs ICC Associate members
Opponent M W L T NR Win %
  Afghanistan 2 0 1 0 1 0%
  Kuwait 1 0 1 0 0 0%
    Nepal 1 0 1 0 0 0%
  Singapore 1 0 1 0 0 0%
  Thailand 4 1 ^ 3 0 0 0%
vs ICC Affiliate members
  Bahrain 1 0 1 0 0 0%
  Bhutan 1 0 1 0 0 0%
  Brunei 1 1 0 0 0 100%
  China 3 3 0 0 0 100%
  Maldives 1 0 1 0 0 0%
  Myanmar 1 1 0 0 0 100%
  Qatar 2 0 2 0 0 0%
  Saudi Arabia 1 0 1 0 0 0%
Total 19 5 14 0 1 26.32
Notes
  • ^ On December 4, 2010 Iran won by 4 runs (Thailand won on disqualification, due to Iran fielding two ineligible players).[14]

RecordsEdit

Limited-overs recordsEdit

Highest limited-overs scores for IranEdit

Player Runs Opposition Venue Year
Nariman Bakhtiar 120   China Gymkhana Club, Chiang Mai 2009[17]
Shirmohammad Baloochnezhad 119   China Gymkhana Club, Chiang Mai 2009

Most limited-overs runs for IranEdit

Player Runs Total matches Career span
Shirmohammad Baloochnezhad 420 14 2006-2012
Nariman Bakhtiar 408 10 2006-2009

Best bowling figures in an innings for IranEdit

Bowler Figure Opposition Venue Year
Abdul Ghafar Bejarzehi 5/55   Saudi Arabia Doha Entertainment City Ground, Kuwait City 2006[18]
Afshin Tirehdast 4/10   China Royal Chiang Mai Golf Club, Maerim 2012[19]
Naiem Bameri 4/12   China Terdthai Cricket Ground, Bangkok 2010[20]
Raez Mehrazar 4/30   Bhutan Kelab Aman, Kuala Lumpur 2004[21]
Loghman Sheikhi 4/33   Brunei Prem Tinsulanonda International School, Chiang Mai 2009[22]
Abdolvahab Ebrahimpour 4/41   Qatar Asian Institute of Technology Ground, Bangkok 2010[23]

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. ^ "CricketArchive – Iran page". CricketArchive. 10 December 2010. Retrieved 10 December 2010.
  3. ^ "All T20 matches between ICC members to get international status". International Cricket Council. 26 April 2018. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  4. ^ http://www.asiancricket.org/index.php/tournaments/acc-trophy-challenge-2012
  5. ^ http://asiancricket.org/index.php/tournaments/acc-middle-east-cup-2006/586
  6. ^ https://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Events/Tables/Asian_Cricket_Council_Middle_East_Cup_2005-06.html
  7. ^ https://encrypted-tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRekJvf5ZCnYCrTqkZ5XonVoT2dL8d8g6ztm-BR72N4pbQeh97PSg
  8. ^ http://www.asiancricket.org/images/u16c_2010/day8_1528a.jpg
  9. ^ http://www.asiancricket.org/index.php/tournaments/acc-trophy-challenge-2009/1146
  10. ^ http://www.pakpassion.net/ppforum/showthread.php?t=139989
  11. ^ http://www.payvand.com/news/04/jun/1123.html
  12. ^ http://www.irancc.50megs.com/national_team.htm
  13. ^ http://hamazoor.ir/persian/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1437&Itemid=1329
  14. ^ https://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/101/101568.html
  15. ^ https://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/209/209329.html
  16. ^ https://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/101/101538.html
  17. ^ https://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/209/209329.html
  18. ^ https://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/97/97129.html
  19. ^ https://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/472/472186.html
  20. ^ https://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/313/313536.html
  21. ^ https://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/101/101534.html
  22. ^ https://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/209/209340.html
  23. ^ https://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/313/313527.html

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