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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.[4][5]

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CaptainAhmad Faiz
CoachSampath Perera
International Cricket Council
ICC statusAssociate member (1967)
ICC regionAsia
ICC Rankings Current [1] Best-ever
T20I 35th 33rd (2-May-2019)
One Day Internationals
World Cup Qualifier appearances7 (first in 1979)
Best resultPlate competition, 1990 and 1994
Twenty20 Internationals
First T20Iv  Thailand at Kinrara Oval, Kuala Lumpur; 24 June 2019
Last T20Iv    Nepal at Kinrara Oval, Kuala Lumpur; 14 July 2019
T20Is Played Won/Lost
Total [2] 6 3/2 (0 ties, 1 no result)
This year [3] 6 3/2 (0 ties, 1 no result)

One-day kit

As of 14 July 2019

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.[6] After April 2019, Malaysia will play in the 2019–21 ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge League.[7] Malaysia played their first T20I on 24 June against Thailand during the 2019 Malaysia Tri-Nation Series.[8]



Early daysEdit

Cricket has been played in what is now Malaysia since the 1880s.[9] 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,[4] when it played an MCC side captained by Tony Lewis in a two-day match, losing by 230 runs.[10] The same year, Malaysia played the first Saudara Cup match against Singapore, drawing the three-day match.[11]

The Saudara Cup match continued annually, and in 1979 Malaysia participated in the first ICC Trophy, failing to progress beyond the first round,[12] a performance they repeated in 1982[13] and 1986.[14] They reached the plate competition in 1990[15] and 1994.[16]


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.[17] After winning the Stan Nagaiah Trophy[18] and drawing the Saudara Cup match in 1996[19] Malaysia hosted the first ACC Trophy tournament, finishing third in their first round group.[20]

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.[21] They played one season in Pakistani domestic cricket in 1998, losing all four of their preliminary round matches.[22] 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.[23] They reached the final of the ACC Trophy that same year, losing to Bangladesh.[24]

21st centuryEdit


In 2000, Malaysia reached the semi-final of the ACC Trophy before losing to hosts the UAE.[25] They failed to progress beyond the first round of the 2001 ICC Trophy[26] and lost to Nepal in the semi-finals of the 2002 ACC Trophy.[27]

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.[28] 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.[29] They finished last in the ACC Fast Track Countries Tournament in 2004, thus failing to qualify for the 2005 ICC Intercontinental Cup.[30] They played in the tournament again in 2005, this time finishing third.[31]

In 2006, Malaysia competed in the ACC Premier League, finishing fourth.[32] They again hosted the ACC Trophy that year, again finishing seventh after beating Qatar in a play-off.[33]

Malaysia have played in the ACC Twenty20 Cup thrice. They did not win a match in 2007[34] but finished seventh in 2009 after winning 3 Group B matches and a positional playoff against Saudi Arabia.[35]


In 2011, they finished sixth after winning 4 Group A matches and losing a positional playoff against UAE.

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.


Locations of all stadiums which have hosted an international cricket match within Malaysia

Tournament historyEdit

World Cricket LeagueEdit

Commonwealth GamesEdit

ICC Intercontinental CupEdit

ICC TrophyEdit

ACC Fast Track Countries TournamentEdit

ACC TrophyEdit

ACC Twenty20 CupEdit

Asian GamesEdit

  • 2010: Quarter-finals
  • 2014: Quarter-finals

ACC U/19 CupEdit

  • 2014: 8th place

Records and statisticsEdit

International Match Summary — Malaysia[37]

Last updated 14 July 2019
Playing Record
Format M W L T NR Inaugural Match
Twenty20 Internationals 6 3 2 0 1 24 June 2019

Twenty20 InternationalEdit

T20I record versus other nations[37]

Records complete to T20I #830. Last updated 14 July 2019.

Opponent M W L T NR First match First win
vs Associate Members
v   Maldives 2 1 0 0 1 25 June 2019 25 June 2019
v     Nepal 2 0 2 0 0 13 July 2019 -
v   Thailand 2 2 0 0 0 24 June 2019 24 June 2019

Other recordsEdit

Performances by Malaysian cricketers in World Cricket League matches and ACC Premier League matches, as of 29 June 2014

Current players
Name Matches Runs Wickets
Ahmed Faiz 56 1505 0
Suhan Alagaratnam 54 1419 0
Shafiq Sharif 53 1166 0
Anwar Arudin 41 650 0
Suresh Navaratnam 36 371 48
Hassan Ghulam 31 169 36
Suharril Fetri 31 552 25
Shahrulnizam Yusof 29 39 37
Khizar Hayat 29 462 40
Aminuddin Ramly 23 346 6
Nasir Shafiq 17 632 8
Hamadullah Khan 16 159 10
Mohammad Shukri 16 86 8
Pavandeep Singh 8 13 8
Notable former players
Name Matches Runs Wickets
Rakesh Madhavan 30 917 0
Eszrafiq Aziz 19 240 23
Nik Arifin 17 95 17
Hiran Ralalage 14 164 17
Dinesh Sockalingham 12 84 28
Damith Warusavithana 10 139 4
Hassan Mohammed 9 36 23


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

Nazril Rahman - 5/18 vs Oman at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi on 6 October 2012

Anwar Rahman - 5/27 vs Maldives at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah on 7 October 2012

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

Current squadEdit


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "ICC Rankings". International Cricket Council.
  2. ^ "T20I matches - Team records". ESPNcricinfo.
  3. ^ "T20I matches - 2019 Team records". ESPNcricinfo.
  4. ^ a b Malaysia at CricketArchive
  5. ^ "Cricket: Black Caps to play in Malaysia?". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  6. ^ "All T20 matches between ICC members to get international status". International Cricket Council. 26 April 2018. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  7. ^ "All to play for in last ever World Cricket League tournament". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  8. ^ "1st match, Malaysia Tri-Nation Series at Kuala Lumpur, Jun 24 2019". Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  9. ^ Chaturvedi, Ravi (2013). "Malaysian Cricket Poised on the Cusp". Malaysian Cricket Association. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
  10. ^ Scorecard of Malaysia v MCC, 7 March 1970 at CricketArchive
  11. ^ Scorecard of Malaysia v Singapore, 4 September 1970 at CricketArchive
  12. ^ a b "ICC TROPHY, 1979: ENGLAND".
  13. ^ a b 1982 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
  14. ^ a b 1986 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
  15. ^ a b 1990 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
  16. ^ a b 1994 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
  17. ^ 1995 Stan Nagaiah Trophy at CricketArchive
  18. ^ 1996 Stan Nagaiah Trophy at CricketArchive
  19. ^ Scorecard of Singapore v Malaysia, 16 August 1996 at CricketArchive
  20. ^ a b 1996 ACC Trophy Archived 13 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine at CricketEurope
  21. ^ a b Scorecard of Malaysia v Namibia, 4 April 1997 at CricketArchive
  22. ^ 1997/98 Wills Cup Points Table at CricketArchive
  23. ^ 1998 Commonwealth Games cricket tournament at CricketEurope
  24. ^ a b 1998 ACC Trophy Archived 11 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine at CricketEurope
  25. ^ a b 2000 ACC Trophy Archived 22 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine at CricketEurope
  26. ^ a b 2001 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
  27. ^ a b 2002 ACC Trophy Archived 22 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine at CricketEurope
  28. ^ a b 2004 ICC Intercontinental Cup at CricketEurope
  29. ^ a b c Asian qualifying Archived 6 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine at the official website of the 2005 ICC Trophy
  30. ^ a b c 2004 ACC Fast Track Countries Tournament points table Archived 25 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine at Asian Cricket Council website
  31. ^ a b 2005 ACC Fast Track Countries Tournament points table Archived 25 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine at Asian Cricket Council website]
  32. ^ a b 2006 ACC Premier League points table Archived 27 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine at Asian Cricket Council website
  33. ^ a b 2006 ACC Trophy Archived 11 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine at CricketEurope
  34. ^ CricketEurope, Accessed 14 May 2011
  35. ^ CricketEurope, Accessed 14 May 2011
  36. ^ 2006/07 ICC Intercontinental Cup Archived 21 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine at CricketEurope
  37. ^ a b "Records / Malaysia / Twenty20 Internationals / Result summary". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 25 June 2019.

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