The Italy national cricket team is the men's 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||Italian Cricket Federation|
|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)|
|First T20I||v Germany at Sportpark Maarschalkerweerd, Utrecht; 25 May 2019|
|Last T20I||v Germany at Desert Springs Cricket Ground, Almería; 21 October 2021|
|T20 World Cup Qualifier appearances||2 (first in 2012)|
|Best result||9th place (2013)|
|As of 13 May 2022|
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. Cricket flourished in Rome in the 1960s at a superb field which looked across to St. Peter's dome from Villa Doria Pamphili. The Australian and British embassies, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the Commonwealth War Graves Association, the Venerable English College and Beda College fielded teams which competed for the Rome Ashes there until, in the 1970s, the Villa became a public park.
When cricket resumed in Rome on other grounds at the end of the 1970s, four of the Villa Doria Pamphili era players formed in 1980 the Doria Pamphili Cricket Club: the Italian-Sri Lankian Francis Alphonsus Jayarajah, the Italian-Indian Massimo da Costa, the Australian Desmond O'Grady and the Syrian Issam Kahale
In the same period some cricket was played in the northern part of Italy with the Milan Cricket Club being formed in the 70's. and Euratom CC in the 80's.
The first record match by the Italian National Team was touring their first UK Tour in August 1984 and played a week of cricket against local London clubs, the first losing against Enfield CC, but ending on a high with their first win in the last match against North Middlesex.
The first international match played by the Italian National team was against Denmark in 1989, ending in a draw.
After years of matches against neighboring nations such as France and Germany, 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 year's 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 for 2004 to Division Two, 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 third 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 were relegated to Division Four in 2014.
In November 2013 they competed in the 2013 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in the UAE, their highest level of competition to date. They finished 9th place with victories over the US, and higher-ranked opponents in UAE and Namibia.
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 since 1 January 2019 has been a full T20I.
Italy played their first T20I against Germany in May 2019.
25 May 2019
53 (16 overs)
57/3 (8.4 overs)
- Germany won the toss and elected to bat.
- First ever T20I match for Italy.
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
- Nicholas Maiolo
- Michael Ross
Other players, who were part of Italy's squad at the 2017 ICC World Cricket League Division Five.
- Alessandro Bonora
- Damian Crowley
- Crishan Kalugamage
- Supun Tharanga
- Peter Petricola
- Carl Sandri
- Charanjeet Singh
Records and StatisticsEdit
International Match Summary — Italy
Last updated 21 October 2021
|Twenty20 Internationals||14||8||5||0||1||25 May 2019|
- Highest team total: 141/4 (20 overs) v. Denmark on 19 October 2021 at Desert Springs Cricket Ground, Almería.
- Highest individual score: 67, Joy Perera v. Germany on 25 May 2019 at Sportpark Maarschalkerweerd, Utrecht.
- Best individual bowling figures: 4/11, Gayashan Munasinghe v. Guernsey on 16 June 2019 at College Field, Saint Peter Port.
Most T20I runs for Italy
Most T20I wickets for Italy
T20I record versus other nations
Records complete to T20I #1333. Last updated 21 October 2021.
|Opponent||M||W||L||T||NR||First match||First win|
|vs Associate Members|
|Denmark||4||2||1||0||1||18 June 2019||15 October 2021|
|Germany||5||4||1||0||0||25 May 2019||25 May 2019|
|Guernsey||1||1||0||0||0||16 June 2019||16 June 2019|
|Jersey||3||0||3||0||0||19 June 2019|
|Norway||1||1||0||0||0||15 June 2019||15 June 2019|
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