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The Oman national cricket team is the team that represents the country of Oman and is governed by the Oman Cricket Board, which became an affiliate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2000, and gained associate status in 2014. The national side has played matches at Twenty20 International level.

Oman
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Oman Cricket Board logo
AssociationOman Cricket Board
Personnel
CaptainAjay Lalcheta
CoachSri Lanka Duleep Mendis
International Cricket Council
ICC statusAssociate member (2014)
ICC regionAsia
ICC Rankings Current [1] Best-ever
T20I 18th 16th
One Day Internationals
World Cup Qualifier appearances2 (first in 2005)
Best result9th (2005)
Twenty20 Internationals
First T20Iv  Afghanistan at Castle Avenue, Dublin; 25 July 2015
Last T20Iv  Scotland at the Al Emarat Cricket Stadium, Muscat; 17 February 2019
T20Is Played Won/Lost
Total [2] 20 5/14
(0 ties, 1 no result)
This year [3] 3 0/3
(0 ties, 0 no result)
T20 World Cup appearances1 (first in 2016)
Best resultGroup stage (2016)
World Twenty20 Qualifier appearances2 (first in 2012)
Best result6th (2015)
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As of 17 February 2019

Oman's first competitive matches came at the 2002 ACC Trophy, and the side has since participated in many Asian Cricket Council tournaments, finishing runner-up in the 2004 ACC Trophy and twice winning the ACC Twenty20 Cup. Oman has participated in ICC World Cup Qualifier without qualifying for the final tournament, placing ninth at the 2005 ICC Trophy and eleventh at the 2009 World Cup Qualifier. In July 2015, with their win against Namibia in the 2015 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, Oman gained Twenty20 International status and qualified for 2016 ICC World Twenty20 in India, its first major international tournament[4]

In April 2018, the ICC decided to grant full Twenty20 International (T20I) status to all its members. Therefore, all Twenty20 matches played between Oman and other ICC members after 1 January 2019 will be a full T20I.[5]

Most cricket in Oman is played by expatriate Indians and Pakistanis (and their descendants), rather than by native Omanis – in 2010, only 100 of the 780 players in the national league were Arabs, or around 13 percent.[6] The composition of the Omani national side has generally reflected this, although several Arabs have appeared for the team. Quotas of Arab players have been introduced for both club teams and the national side, in order to boost cricket's popularity amongst the Arab population.

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HistoryEdit

Early years and ICC membershipEdit

Oman became an affiliate member of the ICC in 2000. Their senior international debut came at the 2002 ACC Trophy where they failed to progress beyond the first round, with their only win coming against Qatar. A huge improvement was shown in the 2004 tournament when they reached the final, where they lost against the United Arab Emirates. This qualified them for the 2005 ICC Trophy, the final qualification stage for the 2007 World Cup. It also qualified them for the Asia Cup in 2006. Later in 2004, they won the Middle East Cup after a tied game against Bahrain. They won the tournament as they beat Bahrain in the group stage. In the 2014 ACC Premier League in Malaysia they reached 4th place with three wins.

2005 ICC Trophy and aftermathEdit

In 2005, Oman became the first affiliate member of the ICC to compete in the ICC Trophy. They lost all their group games, but then won their play-off games against Uganda and the USA, the latter when they successfully chased down a mammoth target of 345, featuring an unbroken 127-run partnership for the eighth wicket. This gave them ninth place out of the twelve teams in the competition, enough to earn a place in Division Two of the ICC World Cricket League in 2007.

2006 saw a drop in form for Oman, as they were eliminated in the first round of the ACC Trophy, with their only win coming against the Maldives. As mentioned above, they were originally scheduled to participate in the Asia Cup in 2006, playing their first ODIs against Pakistan and India. However this tournament was postponed until 2008, and the ACC decided to use the 2006 ACC Trophy as a qualification tournament, meaning that Oman's place was taken by Hong Kong.

2007–2013Edit

In October/November 2007, Oman took part in the inaugural ACC Twenty20 Cup held in Kuwait, where they played in Group A against; Afghanistan, Malaysia, Nepal and Qatar. Oman finished in the top two of their group and qualified for the semi-final stage. Oman beat Kuwait in their semi-final, then shared the tournament after the final match against Afghanistan was tied.

In November 2007, Oman travelled to Namibia to take part in Division Two of the ICC World Cricket League. They played Denmark, the hosts and the UAE in addition to the two qualifiers from Division Three; Uganda and Argentina. Although Oman won all their group matches, they lost to the UAE in the final. On the basis of their top four finish in this tournament, Oman qualified for the ICC World Cup Qualifier in 2009, the final tournament in qualification for the 2011 World Cup.

In January 2009, Oman participated in the ACC Cup, Challenge tournament in Chiang Mai, Thailand. They came first with ease, defeating the Maldives and Bhutan in the Semi finals and finals respectively. The fourth favourites to win the cup were hosts, Thailand who ended up in fourth place.

In April 2009, Oman travelled to South Africa to participate in the ICC World Cup Qualifier, the final tournament in qualification for the 2011 World Cup. During the tournament Oman finished last in their group and in the 11th place playoff they beat Denmark by 5 wickets.

In the 2009 ACC Twenty20 Cup, Oman were drawn in Group B. In the group stages of the competition it won all five of its games, finishing top of the group and qualifying for the semi-finals. In the semi-finals it lost to the United Arab Emirates, therefore missing out on a chance to win back-to-back titles. In the third place playoff, it defeated Kuwait. This victory enabled Oman to claim the final qualifying spot for the cricket tournament at the 2010 Asian Games. They played in 2011 ICC World Cricket League Division Three, where they came 3rd to remain in 2013 ICC World Cricket League Division Three.

2014 onwards: associate membership and T20I statusEdit

At the ICC Annual Conference, held in Melbourne, Australia, in June 2014, the Oman Cricket Board was upgraded from an affiliate member of the ICC to an associate member.[7] That announcement came during the 2014 WCL Division Four, where Oman placed fifth to be relegated to the 2016 Division Five event. Despite the team's poor performance in the 50-over format, Oman went on to win its next major international tournament, the 2015 ACC Twenty20 Cup, thus qualifying for 2015 World Twenty20 Qualifier in Ireland and Scotland.[8]

By defeating Namibia in a sudden-death match at the World Twenty20 Qualifier, Oman reached the top six teams at the tournament, thus qualifying for the 2016 World Twenty20 and gaining Twenty20 International status until at least 2019.[9] The team made its T20I debut in the fifth-place play-off against Afghanistan, and later in the year played bilateral T20I series against Afghanistan, Hong Kong, and United Arab Emirates. In 2016 Oman appeared at the 2016 World Twenty20 in India where they recorded an upset victory over Ireland.[10]

9 March
19:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
Ireland  
154/5 (20 overs)
v
  Oman
157/8 (19.4 overs)
Gary Wilson 38 (34)
Munis Ansari 3/37 (4 overs)
Zeeshan Maqsood 38 (33)
Andy McBrine 2/15 (3 overs)
Oman won by 2 wickets
Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamshala
Umpires: Chris Gaffaney (NZ) and Nigel Llong (Eng)
Player of the match: Amir Ali (Oman)
  • Ireland won the toss and elected to bat.
  • This was Oman's first victory in an ICC World T20 tournament.[10]

They also appeared at the 2016 Asia Cup Qualifier.[11]

In January 2017 Oman took part in the 2017 Desert T20 Challenge. They reached the semi-finals of the tournament by beating Hong Kong in the group stages, before being defeated by Afghanistan.

Tournament historyEdit

ICC World Twenty20Edit

World Cricket LeagueEdit

ICC Trophy/World Cup QualifierEdit

  • 1979 to 1997: not eligible – not an ICC member
  • 2001: not eligible – ICC affiliate member
  • 2005: 9th place
  • 2009: 11th place
  • 2014: did not qualify
  • 2018: did not qualify
  • 2022: TBD

ICC World Twenty20 QualifierEdit

ACC TrophyEdit

ACC Twenty20 CupEdit

Asian GamesEdit

  • 2010: Qualified – did not participate
  • 2014: did not participate

Desert T20 ChallengeEdit

Current squadEdit

Oman's squad at their most recent tournament, the 2015 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier,[12] and 2016 ICC World Twenty20 tournament.[13][14]

Name Age Batting style Bowling style SN Note
Captain
Ajay Lalcheta 35 Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox 77
Vice-captain
Jatinder Singh 30 Right-handed Right-arm off-break 10
Batsmen
Aamir Kaleem 37 Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox 13
Aamer Ali 40 Right-handed Right-arm off-break 22
Arun Poulose 32 Right-handed Right-arm medium
Vaibhav Wategaonkar 36 Left-handed n/a
Khawar Ali 33 Right-handed Right-arm leg-break 68
Wicket-keeper
Swapnil Khadye n/a Right-handed n/a
All-rounder
Mehran Khan 31 Right-handed n/a
Rajeshkumar Ranpura 35 Left-handed Right-arm medium-fast
Zeeshan Maqsood 31 Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox 12
Zeeshan Siddiqui 39 Right-handed Right-arm leg-break
Fast-bowler
Munis Ansari 32 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast 37
Mohammad Nadeem 36 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
Sufyan Mehmood 27 Left-handed Right-arm medium-fast
Yousuf Mahmood 28 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast

Coaching staffEdit

Records and StatisticsEdit

International Match Summary — Oman[16]

Last Updated 17 February 2019
Playing Record
Format M W L T NR Inaugural Match
Twenty20 Internationals 20 5 14 0 1 25 July 2015

Twenty20 InternationalEdit

Most T20I runs for Oman[20]

Player Runs Average Career span
Zeeshan Maqsood 368 24.53 2015–
Jatinder Singh 287 20.50 2015–
Adnan Ilyas 258 23.45 2015–
Khawar Ali 221 14.73 2015-
Aamir Khaleem 186 18.60 2015–

Most T20I wickets for Oman[21]

Player Wickets Average Career span
Bilal Khan 22 22.31 2015–
Zeeshan Maqsood 10 26.60 2015–
Mehran Khan 9 21.88 2015–
Khawar Ali 8 33.12 2015–
Munis Ansari 8 41.75 2015–
Ajay Lalcheta 8 46.75 2015–

T20I record versus other nations[16]

Records complete to T20I #744. Last updated 17 February 2019.

Opponent M W L T NR First match First win
vs Test nations
v   Afghanistan 5 0 5 0 0 25 July 2015
v   Bangladesh 1 0 1 0 0 13 March 2016
v   Ireland 2 1 1 0 0 9 March 2016 9 March 2016
vs Associate Members
v   Hong Kong 5 4 1 0 0 21 November 2015 21 November 2015
v   Netherlands 3 0 2 0 1 11 March 2016
v   Scotland 2 0 2 0 0 19 January 2017
v   United Arab Emirates 2 0 2 0 0 22 November 2015

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "ICC Rankings". icc-cricket.com.
  2. ^ "T20I matches - Team records". ESPNcricinfo.
  3. ^ "T20I matches - 2019 Team records". ESPNcricinfo.
  4. ^ "Oman secure World T20 spot with memorable win". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  5. ^ "All T20 matches between ICC members to get international status". International Cricket Council. 26 April 2018. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  6. ^ (27 July 2011). "More men in Oman" – Asian Cricket Council. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  7. ^ (26 June 2014). "Oman becomes International Cricket Council associate member"Times of Oman. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  8. ^ ACC TWENTY20 CUP, 2014/15 – ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  9. ^ Peter Della Penna (23 July 2015). "Oman secure World T20 spot with memorable win" – ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  10. ^ a b "Joy for underdogs Oman, Ireland stunned". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  11. ^ Andrew Nixon (2 November 2015). "Busy month in UAE for associates" – Cricket Europe. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  12. ^ 2015 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier squad
  13. ^ "Oman Squad, 2016 ICC World Twenty20". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  14. ^ Ajay Lalcheta to captain Oman in World Cricket League Division 5
  15. ^ Duleep describes India tour as ‘good learning experience’ for Oman team
  16. ^ a b "Records / Oman / Twenty20 Internationals / Result summary". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  17. ^ "Oman T20I Highest totals". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  18. ^ "Oman T20I Highest individual score". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  19. ^ "Oman T20I Best bowling figures in an innings". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  20. ^ "Records / Oman / Twenty20 Internationals / Most runs". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  21. ^ "Records / Oman / Twenty20 Internationals / Most wickets". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 5 December 2015.