Italy national cricket team
The Italy national cricket team is the team that represents the country of Italy in international cricket. They have been an associate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) since 1995, having previously been an affiliate member since 1984. The Italian national cricket team is administered by the Federazione Cricket Italiana (Italian Cricket Federation).
|Association||Federazione Cricket Italiana|
|Twenty20 debut|| Italy v. Oman |
(Dubai, UAE; 13 March 2012)
|International Cricket Council|
|ICC status||Affiliate (1984) |
Associate member (1995)
|First international|| Italy v. Denmark |
(Bagsværd, Denmark; 15 July 1989)
|One Day Internationals|
|World Cup Qualifier appearances||2 (first in 1997)|
|Best result||First round (1997, 2001)|
|World Twenty20 Qualifier appearances||2 (first in 2012)|
|Best result||9th place (2013)|
|As of 17 December 2016|
They are currently ranked 28th in the world by the ICC, and are ranked fifth amongst European non-Test teams. They are in Division Four of the World Cricket League and Division One of the European Championship. Italy won their first major international tournament when they won the 2013 ICC European T20 Championship Division One, and in the 2013 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier Italy made history after beating a much higher ranked team, UAE.
In April 2018, the ICC decided to grant full Twenty20 International (T20I) status to all its members. Therefore, all Twenty20 matches played between Italy and other ICC members after 1 January 2019 will be a full T20I. After April 2019, Italy will play in the 2019–21 ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge League. Italy are scheduled to play their first T20I against Germany in May 2019.
The earliest mention of cricket in Italy is of a match played by Captain Morgan's sailors in Bayside, NY in 1793 during a stop in Naples harbour. Around the end of the 19th century, several combined cricket and association football clubs formed, including the world-famous A.C. Milan, which was originally the Milan Cricket and Football Club and the first Italian football team Genoa Cricket and Football Club, which was originally the Genoa Cricket & Athletic Club. But these clubs soon forgot about cricket and concentrated on football. Cricket started to be revived after the Second World War.
In 1996, Italy took part in the first European Championship in Denmark, finishing seventh after beating Israel in a play-off. They took part in the ICC Trophy for the first time in the 1997 tournament and performed poorly, finishing joint last out of the 22 participants. They finished fifth in the following years European Championship.
In 1999, Italy took part in a quadrangular tournament in Gibraltar also featuring France and Israel. They won the tournament, beating the hosts in the final. They finished fifth in Division One of the European Championship the following year and were due to participate in the 2001 ICC Trophy, but pulled out at the last minute due to a dispute over the eligibility of four players.
The 2002 European Championship saw Italy finish sixth in Division One, relegating them to Division Two for 2004, which they promptly won. This qualified them for the repêchage tournament for the 2005 ICC Trophy in early 2005 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. They finished seventh in that tournament after beating Zambia in a play-off.
They took part in Division One of the European Championship in 2006, finishing fifth. In May/June 2007, they travelled to Darwin, Australia to take part in Division Three of the World Cricket League. They finished seventh after beating Fiji in a play-off, and played in Division Four of the World Cricket League in 2008 to come 3rd and remained in 2010 ICC World Cricket League Division Four. They came 2nd there to be promoted to 2011 ICC World Cricket League Division Three, where they came 4th to remain in 2013 ICC World Cricket League Division Three. They have a chance of reaching the 2015 Cricket World Cup, if it finishes in the top two in the 2013 ICC World Cricket League Division Three, and then in the top two of the 2013 Cricket World Cup Qualifier. An encouraging start to this tournament has witnessed wins over Oman (9 wickets) and United States (8 runs), followed by defeats, narrowly to Ireland (2 wickets) and more comprehensively against Kenya (7 wickets). After finishing last in this tournament they will be relegated to Division Four in 2014
In November 2013 they competed in the 2013 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in the U.A.E their highest level of competition to date. They finished 9th place with victories over the USA, and higher ranked opponents in U.A.E and Namibia.
World Twenty20 QualifierEdit
- 2013: 9th place
World Cricket LeagueEdit
- 2007: 7th place (Division Three) – relegated
- 2008: 3rd place (Division Four)
- 2010: 2nd place (Division Four) – promoted
- 2011: 4th place (Division Three)
- 2013: 6th place (Division Three) – relegated
- 2014: 4th place (Division Four)
- 2016: 6th place (Division Four) – relegated
- 2017: 4th place (Division Five) – relegated to regional tournaments
- 1979: Not eligible – not an ICC member
- 1982: Not eligible – not an ICC member
- 1986 to 1994 inclusive: Not eligible – ICC affiliate member
- 1997: equal 21st place
- 2001: Withdrew (see above)
- 2005: Did not qualify
- 2009: Did not qualify
- 2014: Did not qualify
- 1996: 7th place
- 1998: 5th place
- 2000: 5th place (Division One)
- 2002: 6th place (Division One)
- 2004: Division Two winners
- 2006: 5th place (Division One)
- 2008: 5th place (Division One)
- 2010: 6th place (Division One)
European T20 Championship Division OneEdit
- 2011: 2nd place
- 2013: 1st place
- Gayashan Munasinghe (c)
- Madupa Fernando
- Rakibul Hasan
- Fida Hussain
- Gian-Piero Meade
- Joy Perera
- Manpreet Singh
- Anam Mollik
- Baljit Singh
- Zahid Cheema
- Tharindu Fernando
- Jaspreet Singh
- Nicholos Maiolo
- Michael Ross
Other players, who were part of Italy's squad at the 2017 ICC World Cricket League Division Five.
Statistics for Italian cricketers in 50 over World Cricket League matches and European regional competitions, as of 29 July 2014
- Alessandro Bonora - 124* vs Oman at Kowloon Cricket Club, Kowloon on 25 January 2011
- Peter Petricola - 104* vs Hong Kong at Mission Road Ground, Mong Kok on 26 January 2011
- Andy Northcote - 102* vs Fiji at Annadhil Burhani Ground, Dar es Salaam on 5 October 2008
- Peter Petricola - 89 vs Tanzania at Centro Sportivo Dozza, Bologna on 20 August 2010
- Peter Petricola - 85 vs USA at Centro Sportivo Ca'Nova, Medicina on 18 August 2010
Best bowling figures
- Thushara Kurukulasuriya - 4/16 vs Fiji at Nightcliff Oval, Darwin on 2 June 2007
- Gayashan Munasinghe - 4/20 vs Cayman Islands at Centro Sportivo Ca'Nova, Medicina on 19 August 2010
- Peter Petricola - 4/24 vs Tanzania at Centro Sportivo Dozza, Bologna on 20 August 2010
- Gayashan Munasinghe - 4/26 vs Denmark at Les Quennevais, St Brelade on 17 July 2010
- Carl Sandri - 4/26 vs Uganda at Bermuda National Stadium, Hamilton on 1 May 2013
- Italy at CricketArchive
- ICC's one-day rankings Archived 29 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
- Uganda lift Division Three title Archived 24 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine by Andrew Nixon, 2 June 2007 at CricketEurope
- Ireland to host European Championship ICC Europe Media Release, 3 October 2007
- "All T20 matches between ICC members to get international status". International Cricket Council. 26 April 2018. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
- "All to play for in last ever World Cricket League tournament". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
- Article about Italian cricket
- 1996 European Championship Archived 5 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine at CricketEurope
- 1997 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
- 1998 European Championship Archived 9 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine at CricketEurope
- 1999 Gibraltar quadrangular at Cricinfo
- Scorecard of Gibraltar v Italy, 25 September 1999 at Cricinfo
- 2000 European Championship Archived 5 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine at CricketEurope
- Italy Withdraws from ICC Trophy, ICC Media Release, 25 June 2001
- 2002 European Championship Official site Archived 6 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine, results section
- 2004 European Championship Division Two results Archived 1 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine, European Cricket Council website
- Scorecard of Italy v Zambia, 27 February 2005 at CricketArchive
- 2006 European Championship Division One Archived 8 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine at CricketEurope
- "Italy secure place in European final". Cricket Europe. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
- ICC Trophy matches played by Italy at CricketArchive
- "Road to ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 starts in South Africa". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 28 August 2017.