Luxembourg national cricket team

The Luxembourg national cricket team is the team that represents the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in international cricket. The Luxembourg Cricket Federation became an affiliate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 1998[5] and an associate member in 2017.[1]

Luxembourg
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AssociationLuxembourg Cricket Federation
Personnel
CaptainJoost Mees
International Cricket Council
ICC statusAssociate member[1] (2017)
ICC regionEurope
ICC Rankings Current [2] Best-ever
T20I 58th 40th (2-May-2019)
International cricket
First internationalv  France at Saint Peter Port, Guernsey, 21 May 1990
Twenty20 Internationals
First T20Iv  Turkey at Moara Vlasiei Cricket Ground, Moara Vlăsiei, 29 August 2019
Last T20Iv  Czech Republic at Moara Vlasiei Cricket Ground, Moara Vlăsiei, 1 September 2019
T20Is Played Won/Lost
Total [3] 4 1/3
(0 ties, 0 no result)
This year [4] 0 0/0
(0 ties, 0 no result)
As of 31 May 2020

In April 2018, the ICC decided to grant full Twenty20 International (T20I) status to all its members. Therefore, all Twenty20 matches played between Luxembourg and other ICC members after 1 January 2019 will be a full T20I.[6]

Luxembourg played its first T20I match against Turkey on 29 August 2019 during the 2019 Continental Cup in Romania.[7]

GroundEdit

Luxembourg's home ground is at the Pierre Werner Cricket Ground, in Walferdange which belongs to the country's largest club the Optimists Cricket Club. The ground is named after the late Pierre Werner, a former Prime Minister of Luxembourg (1959–74, 1979–84). Werner had fallen in love with cricket when living in London in 1930, and went on to become the Honorary President of the OCC, which had been established when he was Prime Minister. Werner opened the OCC's new ground when it was opened in 1992.[8] Widely viewed as the best cricket grounds in mainland Europe (excluding grounds in the Netherlands), the ground lies in the picturesque setting just ten minutes from Luxembourg City center. It boasts a large outfield (with two tracks laid on different bases), four practise bays, a clubhouse with catering facilities, a cricket/tennis pavilion, and various other amenities.[9]

HistoryEdit

Luxembourg's international debut came at the 1990 European Cricketer Cup, a European Cricket Council tournament.[10] Outside of occasional matches against Belgium, the team did not return to international level until 2003, when they finished last in the ECC Trophy, an eleven-team tournament for ICC affiliate members.[11] The following year, they took part in the ECC Representative Championship in Slovenia, finishing in fifth place, nearly upsetting Croatia, and completing their first international win, against Bulgaria.[12]

In 2006, Luxembourg took part in Division Four of the European Championship in Belgium, beating Finland, losing narrowly to Slovenia, and losing in the last over against Cyprus.[13] Having narrowly missed out on promotion in 2006, they would play in Division Four again in 2009.

In 2009, Luxembourg again participated in Division Four of the ICC European Championship in Limassol, Cyprus. It won two games, against Slovenia and Finland, and lost three, finishing 4th out of six competing nations. The Luxembourg team won the Spirit of Cricket award.

In 2011, following a restructuring of the ICC European Divisions, Luxembourg participated in the ICC Europe Division 2 (T20) Championship, which took place in Belgium and involved 11 teams. Following a victory over Cyprus in the group stage, Luxembourg advanced to the 5th–8th place play-off where they eventually finished 8th. Belgium beat Austria in the final and both teams were promoted to ICC Europe Division 1.

SquadEdit

  • Tony Whiteman (c)
  • James Barker
  • Timothy Barker
  • Marcus Cope
  • Mohit Dixit
  • Chris Fry
  • Atif Kamal
  • Joost Mees
  • Ankush Nanda
  • Richard Neale
  • Suhail Sadiq
  • Girish Venkatesh
  • Vikram Vijh
  • Roshan Vishwanath

Tournament historyEdit

  • 2003: ECC Trophy – 11th Place
  • 2004: ECC Representative Tournament – 5th Place
  • 2006: ICC European Division 4 Championship – 3rd place
  • 2009: ICC European Division 4 Championship – 4th place
  • 2011: ICC European Division 2 Championship (T20) – 8th place

RecordsEdit

International Match Summary — Luxembourg[14]

Last updated 1 September 2019.
Playing Record
Format M W L T NR Inaugural Match
Twenty20 Internationals 4 1 3 0 0 29 August 2019

Twenty20 InternationalEdit

T20I record versus other nations[14]

Records complete to T20I #877. Last updated 1 September 2019.

Opponent M W L T NR First match First win
vs Associate Members
  Austria 1 0 1 0 0 31 August 2019
  Czech Republic 1 0 1 0 0 1 September 2019
  Romania 1 0 1 0 0 30 August 2019
  Turkey 1 1 0 0 0 29 August 2019 29 August 2019

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. ^ "ICC Rankings". International Cricket Council.
  3. ^ "T20I matches - Team records". ESPNcricinfo.
  4. ^ "T20I matches - 2020 Team records". ESPNcricinfo.
  5. ^ "Luxembourg". CricketArchive. Retrieved 21 September 2006.
  6. ^ "All T20 matches between ICC members to get international status". International Cricket Council. 26 April 2018. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Continental Cricket Cup 2019". Facebook (Cricket Romania). Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  8. ^ "Pierre Werner". Optimists Cricket Club. 2002. Archived from the original on 15 October 2004. Retrieved 22 September 2006.
  9. ^ http://www.optimists.cc/location/default.aspx?locationID=2137
  10. ^ Other matches played by Luxembourg – CricketArchive. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
  11. ^ "ECC Trophy 2003". European Cricket Council. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 21 September 2006.
  12. ^ "European Representative Championship 2004". European Cricket Council. Archived from the original on 16 October 2006. Retrieved 21 September 2006.
  13. ^ "European Championship Division Four 2006 Points Table". CricketArchive. 2006. Retrieved 21 September 2006.
  14. ^ a b "Records / Luxembourg / Twenty20 Internationals / Result summary". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  15. ^ "Records / Luxembourg / Twenty20 Internationals / Highest totals". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  16. ^ "Records / Luxembourg / Twenty20 Internationals / High scores". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  17. ^ "Records / Luxembourg / Twenty20 Internationals / Best bowling figures". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 31 August 2019.