Malaysia national cricket team
The Malaysia national cricket team is the team that represents the country of Malaysia in international cricket matches. They have been an associate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) since 1967.
|International Cricket Council|
|ICC status||Associate member (1967)|
|First international||7 March 1970 v MCC at Royal Selangor Club, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|One Day Internationals|
|World Cup Qualifier appearances||7 (first in 1979)|
|Best result||Plate competition, 1990 and 1994|
|As of 29 March 2010|
In April 2018, the ICC decided to grant full Twenty20 International (T20I) status to all its members. Therefore, all Twenty20 matches played between Malaysia and other ICC members after 1 January 2019 will be a full T20I. Malaysia are scheduled to play their first T20I against Kuwait on 22 July 2019.
Cricket has been played in what is now Malaysia since the 1880s. Various teams represented Malaya, the Federated Malay States and the Straits Settlements, formed in 1884 by the British, Royal Selangor Club (RSC) is the first cricket club founded in present Malaysia (locally called a padang also in Singapore e.g. Padang, Singapore). The Singapore Cricket Club, a former affiliate of the Malayan Cricket Association, is the oldest cricket club in the region (founded in 1852).
The first recorded match was between Selangor and Malacca in 1887. The Selangor-Singapore series was played in 1891. Cricket in Johor was played in the early 20th century, but the first recorded cricketing event is the visit of the Australian team led by C. G. Macartney in 1927. Penang is another historical cricket venue in Malaysia where cricket has been played from British times. The Penang Sports Club was established in the early 1900s. On 6 June 1927 Malaya beat Australia by 39 runs to make history. Lall Singh became the first Malaysia born test player (played for India in their debut Test at Lord's against England in 1932).
After World War II, cricket grew in popularity, leading to the founding of the Malayan Cricket Association (MCA) in 1948. Regional cricket associations like Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore joined and in 1963, the MCA was renamed the Malaysian Cricket Association. In 1965, the independence of Singapore led its association to leave the MCA.
The first team to represent Malaysia was in 1970, three years after the MCA became an ICC associate member, when it played an MCC side captained by Tony Lewis in a two-day match, losing by 230 runs. The same year, Malaysia played the first Saudara Cup match against Singapore, drawing the three-day match.
The Saudara Cup match continued annually, and in 1979 Malaysia participated in the first ICC Trophy, failing to progress beyond the first round, a performance they repeated in 1982 and 1986. They reached the plate competition in 1990 and 1994.
The first Stan Nagaiah Trophy was played in Singapore in February 1995 with Singapore beating Malaysia 2–1 in the three match one-day series. After winning the Stan Nagaiah Trophy and drawing the Saudara Cup match in 1996 Malaysia hosted the first ACC Trophy tournament, finishing third in their first round group.
Malaysia began to host major international tournaments in 1997, starting with the 1997 ICC Trophy in which Malaysia finished 16th after losing a play-off to Namibia. They played one season in Pakistani domestic cricket in 1998, losing all four of their preliminary round matches. Cricket made its first and, to date, only appearance in the Commonwealth Games later that year, with Malaysia hosting that year's games. The cricket tournament saw Malaysia participate as hosts though they lost all three of their first round matches. They reached the final of the ACC Trophy that same year, losing to Bangladesh.
In 2000, Malaysia reached the semi-final of the ACC Trophy before losing to hosts the UAE. They failed to progress beyond the first round of the 2001 ICC Trophy and lost to Nepal in the semi-finals of the 2002 ACC Trophy.
Malaysia played their first first-class matches in 2004 as part of that year's ICC Intercontinental Cup. They lost to both Nepal and the UAE and failed to reach the semi-final stage of the tournament. Malaysia hosted the ACC Trophy in 2004, which was the first stage of qualification for the 2005 ICC Trophy and the 2007 World Cup, finishing joint seventh with Bhutan. They finished last in the ACC Fast Track Countries Tournament in 2004, thus failing to qualify for the 2005 ICC Intercontinental Cup. They played in the tournament again in 2005, this time finishing third.
Malaysia have played in the ACC Twenty20 Cup thrice. They did not win a match in 2007 but finished seventh in 2009 after winning 3 Group B matches and a positional playoff against Saudi Arabia.
In August 2017, Malaysia won two medals in cricket at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games. They won the gold medal in the 50-over tournament and the silver medal in the 20-over tournament.
- 2009 Division Six: Fourth place
- 2011 Division Six: Second place – promoted
- 2012 Division Five: Second place – promoted
- 2012 Division Four: Fifth place – relegated
- 2014 Division Five: Second place – promoted
- 2014 Division Four: Champions – promoted
- 2014 Division Three: Third place
- 2017 Division Three: Sixth place – relegated
- 2018 Division Four: Third place
- 1998: First round
- 1979: First round
- 1982: First round
- 1986: First round
- 1990: Plate competition
- 1994: Plate competition
- 1997: 16th place
- 2001: First round
- 2005: Did not qualify
- 1996: First round
- 1998: Runners up
- 2000: Semi-finals
- 2002: Semi-finals
- 2004: 7th place
- 2006: 7th place
- 2008 Elite: 6th place
- 2010 Elite: 4th place
- 2012 Elite: 4th place
- 2014 Premier League Elite: 6th place
ACC U/19 CupEdit
- 2014: 8th place
Records and statisticsEdit
|Notable former players|
Nasir Shafiq – 151* vs Cayman Islands at Bayuemas Oval, Kuala Lumpur on 7 March 2014
Rakesh Madhavan - 129 vs Hong Kong at KOCU Ground, Ahmadi City on 9 April 2010
Suresh Navaratnam - 115 vs Nepal at KOCH Ground, Ahmadi City on 7 April 2010
Rakesh Madhavan – 115* vs Botswana at Kallang Ground, Singapore on 3 September 2009
Suhan Alagaratnam - 107 vs Singapore at Bayuemas Oval, Kuala Lumpur on 1 August 2008
Ahmed Faiz – 103 vs Guernsey at Kinrara Academy Ground, Kuala Lumpur on 10 March 2014
Rakesh Madhavan – 102* vs Tanzania at Selangor Turf Club, Kuala Lumpur on 9 September 2012
Rakesh Madhavan - 101 vs Saudi Arabia at Kinrara Academy Oval, Kuala Lumpur on 30 July 2008
Suhan Alagaratnam - 100 vs Saudi Arabia at Kinrara Academy Oval, Kuala Lumpur on 30 July 2008
5 wicket hauls
Dinesh Sockalingham - 6/39 vs U.A.E at Selangor Turf Club, Kuala Lumpur on 29 July 2008
Eszrafiq Aziz – 5/36 vs Fiji at Kinrara Academy Oval, Kuala Lumpur on 20 September 2011
Hassan Mohammed – 5/49 vs Botswana at Kallang Ground, Singapore on 3 September 2009
Shahrulnizam Yusof - 5/49 vs Italy at Indian Association Ground, Singapore on 25 June 2014
Khizar Hayat – 5/62 vs Jersey at Kinrara Academy Ground, Kuala Lumpur on 13 March 2014
Scorer Manogaran Manickam—Ex-Malaysian Cricket Player and Scorer
- Malaysia hosted the 2014 ICC World Cricket League Division Three in October.
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- Scorecard of Malaysia v MCC, 7 March 1970 at CricketArchive
- Scorecard of Malaysia v Singapore, 4 September 1970 at CricketArchive
- "ICC TROPHY, 1979: ENGLAND". cricinfo.com.
- 1982 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
- 1986 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
- 1990 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
- 1994 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
- 1995 Stan Nagaiah Trophy at CricketArchive
- 1996 Stan Nagaiah Trophy at CricketArchive
- Scorecard of Singapore v Malaysia, 16 August 1996 at CricketArchive
- 1996 ACC Trophy Archived 13 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine at CricketEurope
- Scorecard of Malaysia v Namibia, 4 April 1997 at CricketArchive
- 1997/98 Wills Cup Points Table at CricketArchive
- 1998 Commonwealth Games cricket tournament at CricketEurope
- 1998 ACC Trophy Archived 11 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine at CricketEurope
- 2000 ACC Trophy Archived 22 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine at CricketEurope
- 2001 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
- 2002 ACC Trophy Archived 22 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine at CricketEurope
- 2004 ICC Intercontinental Cup at CricketEurope
- Asian qualifying Archived 6 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine at the official website of the 2005 ICC Trophy
- 2004 ACC Fast Track Countries Tournament points table Archived 25 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine at Asian Cricket Council website
- 2005 ACC Fast Track Countries Tournament points table Archived 25 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine at Asian Cricket Council website]
- 2006 ACC Premier League points table Archived 27 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine at Asian Cricket Council website
- 2006 ACC Trophy Archived 11 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine at CricketEurope
- CricketEurope, Accessed 14 May 2011
- CricketEurope, Accessed 14 May 2011
- 2006/07 ICC Intercontinental Cup Archived 21 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine at CricketEurope