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.[4] The Italian national cricket team is administered by the Federazione Cricket Italiana (Italian Cricket Federation).

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AssociationFederazione Cricket Italiana
CaptainGayashan Munasinghe
CoachAustraliaJoe Scuderi
Twenty20 debutItaly Italy v. Oman 
(Dubai, UAE; 13 March 2012)
International Cricket Council
ICC statusAffiliate (1984)
Associate member (1995)
ICC regionEurope
ICC Rankings Current[1] Best-ever
T20I 27th 22nd (16-June-2019)
International cricket
First internationalItaly Italy v. Denmark 
(Bagsværd, Denmark; 15 July 1989)
One Day Internationals
World Cup Qualifier appearances2 (first in 1997)
Best resultFirst round (1997, 2001)
Twenty20 Internationals
First T20Iv  Germany at Sportpark Maarschalkerweerd, Utrecht; 25 May 2019
Last T20Iv  Denmark at King George V Sports Ground, Castel; 20 June 2019
T20Is Played Won/Lost
Total[2] 8 5/2 (0 ties, 1 no result)
This year[3] 0 0/0 (0 ties, 0 no result)
T20 World Cup Qualifier appearances2 (first in 2012)
Best result9th place (2013)
As of 25 May 2020


Early historyEdit

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.[5]

Modern historyEdit

The "Federazione Cricket Italiana" (Italian Cricket Federation) was formed in 1980,[5] and they became an affiliate member of the ICC in 1984, and were promoted to associate member in 1995.[4]

In 1996, Italy took part in the first European Championship in Denmark, finishing seventh after beating Israel in a play-off.[6] 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.[7] They finished fifth in the following years European Championship.[8]

In 1999, Italy took part in a quadrangular tournament in Gibraltar also featuring France and Israel.[9] They won the tournament, beating the hosts in the final.[10] They finished fifth in Division One of the European Championship the following year[11] 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.[12]

The 2002 European Championship saw Italy finish sixth in Division One,[13] relegating them to Division Two for 2004, which they promptly won.[14] 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.[15]

They took part in Division One of the European Championship in 2006, finishing fifth.[16] 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.[17] 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.


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.[18]

In September 2018, Italy qualified from Group B of the 2018–19 ICC World Twenty20 Europe Qualifier to the Regional Finals of the tournament.[19]

Italy played their first T20I against Germany in May 2019.

25 May 2019
53 (16 overs)
57/3 (8.4 overs)
Ahmed Wardak 20* (27)
Michael Ross 4/15 (4 overs)
Joy Perera 21 (10)
Izatullah Dawlatzai 2/17 (4 overs)
Italy won by 7 wickets
Sportpark Maarschalkerweerd, Utrecht
Umpires: Rizwan Akram (Ned) and Huub Jansen (Ned)
  • Germany won the toss and elected to bat.
  • First ever T20I match for Italy.

From August 2019, Italy will play in the 2019–21 ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge League.[20]

Tournament recordEdit

World Twenty20 QualifierEdit

World Cricket LeagueEdit

ICC TrophyEdit

European ChampionshipEdit

  • 1996: 7th place[6]
  • 1998: 5th place[8]
  • 2000: 5th place (Division One)[11]
  • 2002: 6th place (Division One)[13]
  • 2004: Division Two winners[14]
  • 2006: 5th place (Division One)[16]
  • 2008: 5th place (Division One)
  • 2010: 6th place (Division One)

European T20 Championship Division OneEdit

  • 2011: 2nd place
  • 2013: 1st place


Italy's squad for the 2018–19 ICC World Twenty20 Europe Qualifier in August 2018 were the following players:[22]

Other players, who were part of Italy's squad at the 2017 ICC World Cricket League Division Five.

Gareth Berg was chosen for European T20 World Cup Qualifier in 2019 but removed from the squad by Hampshire due to a fixture clash. [23]

Records and StatisticsEdit

International Match Summary — Italy[24]

Last updated 20 June 2019
Playing Record
Format M W L T NR Inaugural Match
Twenty20 Internationals 8 5 2 0 1 25 May 2019

Twenty20 InternationalEdit

T20I record versus other nations[24]

Records complete to T20I #806. Last updated 20 June 2019.

Opponent M W L T NR First match First win
vs Associate Members
  Denmark 2 0 1 0 1 18 June 2019
  Germany 3 3 0 0 0 25 May 2019 25 May 2019
  Guernsey 1 1 0 0 0 16 June 2019 16 June 2019
  Jersey 1 0 1 0 0 19 June 2019
  Norway 1 1 0 0 0 15 June 2019 15 June 2019

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "ICC Rankings". International Cricket Council.
  2. ^ "T20I matches - Team records". ESPNcricinfo.
  3. ^ "T20I matches - 2020 Team records". ESPNcricinfo.
  4. ^ a b c d e Italy at CricketArchive
  5. ^ a b "Article about Italian cricket". Archived from the original on 13 February 2006. Retrieved 15 March 2006.
  6. ^ a b 1996 European Championship Archived 5 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine at CricketEurope
  7. ^ a b 1997 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
  8. ^ a b 1998 European Championship Archived 9 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine at CricketEurope
  9. ^ 1999 Gibraltar quadrangular at Cricinfo
  10. ^ Scorecard of Gibraltar v Italy, 25 September 1999 at Cricinfo
  11. ^ a b 2000 European Championship Archived 5 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine at CricketEurope
  12. ^ a b Italy Withdraws from ICC Trophy, ICC Media Release, 25 June 2001
  13. ^ a b 2002 European Championship Official site Archived 6 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine, results section
  14. ^ a b 2004 European Championship Division Two results Archived 1 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine, European Cricket Council website
  15. ^ Scorecard of Italy v Zambia, 27 February 2005 at CricketArchive
  16. ^ a b 2006 European Championship Division One Archived 8 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine at CricketEurope
  17. ^ Uganda lift Division Three title Archived 24 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine by Andrew Nixon, 2 June 2007 at CricketEurope
  18. ^ "All T20 matches between ICC members to get international status". International Cricket Council. 26 April 2018. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  19. ^ "Italy secure place in European final". Cricket Europe. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  20. ^ "All to play for in last ever World Cricket League tournament". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  21. ^ ICC Trophy matches played by Italy at CricketArchive
  22. ^ "Road to ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 starts in South Africa". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  23. ^
  24. ^ a b "Records / Italy / Twenty20 Internationals / Result summary". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  25. ^ "Records / Italy / Twenty20 Internationals / Highest totals". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  26. ^ "Records / Italy / Twenty20 Internationals / High scores". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  27. ^ "Records / Italy / Twenty20 Internationals / Best bowling figures". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  28. ^ "Records / Italy / Twenty20 Internationals / Most runs". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  29. ^ "Records / Italy / Twenty20 Internationals / Most wickets". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 25 May 2019.

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