Portugal national cricket team

The Portuguese national cricket team is the team that represents the country of Portugal in international cricket.

Portuguese Cricket Federation
International Cricket Council
ICC statusAssociate member[1] (2017)
ICC regionEurope
International cricket
First international19 August 1997 v Greece at Zuoz, Switzerland
Twenty20 Internationals
First T20Iv  Spain at La Manga Club, Cartagena; 25 October 2019
Last T20Iv  Gibraltar at La Manga Club, Cartagena; 27 October 2019
T20Is Played Won/Lost
Total [2] 4 2/2 (0 ties, 0 no results)
This year [3] 0 0/0 (0 ties, 0 no results)
As of 27 October 2019

In April 2018, the ICC decided to grant full Twenty20 International (T20I) status to all its members. Therefore, all Twenty20 matches played between Portugal and other ICC members after 1 January 2019 will be a full T20I.[4]



Cricket in Portugal dates back to the Peninsular War of 1809–1814, when English troops were encamped in Lisbon. A game between sides from Porto and Lisbon has been played almost every year since 1861. English club teams paid frequent visits; the Cryptics Cricket Club toured eight times between 1924 and 1939.[5] The game was confined, however, to the expatriate community, particularly the port wine manufacturers of Porto, until events in 1974 gave Portuguese cricket an unexpected boost.

Playing numbers increaseEdit

The Carnation Revolution led to many Portuguese citizens returning from their former overseas province of Goa, and the subsequent independence of Mozambique brought many Portuguese citizens back, bringing cricket with them. Other Portuguese citizens living in Portugal's former African overseas provinces moved to Rhodesia and South Africa, where their children were absorbed into the sporting cultures of those countries, and the subsequent socio-political changes there led to them bringing their love of cricket back to Portugal.

International competitionEdit

The Cricket Association of Portugal was founded in 1994 and they became an ICC member two years later. Their first international engagement was in the European Nations Cup in Switzerland in 1997, where they reached the semi finals. They competed in that tournament's successor, the ECC Trophy in 1999, finishing as runners up and qualifying for Division Two of the European Championship in 2000. They finished fourth in that tournament.

They again played in the ECC Trophy in 2001, this time winning the tournament, again qualifying for Division Two of the European Championship in 2002. They finished third and then played in the ECC Trophy in 2003. This time their performances from the previous two tournaments did not continue and they finished in 5th place, a performance they repeated in the European Affiliates Championship in 2005. They will compete in Division Three of the European Championships in 2007.

1st tournament ( The European Nations Cup 1997 )Edit

In 1997 Portugal played their first tournament. It was the European Nations Cup 1997. They also played their first match in that tournament. Their first match was against Greece at Lyceum Alpinum, Zuoz, Switzerland 19 August 1997. In that match Portugal made a 381/3 batting first and their players TG Rankine and Intesab Mehdi has scored two fine innings of 173 and 81*. After Portugal's innings Greece came down to bat. But for the bashing bowling of Portugal's bowlers Greece was all out at 115 in 29 overs. Santilal made the best bowling figure (3/27 in 6 overs) in Portugal's innings. Portugal won that match by 266 runs. In their second match on 20 August 1997 against Malta at the same stadium Portugal batted first. They scored 297/9. Opener Nadeem Butt scored a wonderful 96 run innings. Again the bowlers of Portugal bowled well. Daia had made a figure of 10–2–35–3. Malta was all out in 187 in 41 overs. Portugal won that match by 110 runs. In their last match on 21 August 1997 against Austria at the same stadium Portugal batted First like the two other matches. But this match Portugal could make a 240/7. Nazir Usman made the highest run of 45, while lower order batsman Daia and G Ramchande made a 39 and 27. They made 72 runs partnership in the 7th wicket. Austria did well. But they couldn't reached to the destination of 241 in 50 overs. But they made a 214 in 46.1 overs. 1st down Batsman A Simpson-Parker made the highest score of Austria's innings. He scored 55. G Ramchande made 3/41 in 9.1 overs. Portugal won that match by 26 runs.

Portugal was top of the group B with 6 points in 3 matches.

European Nations Cup 1997 Group A Table
Team Played Won Lost NR Points Net Run Rate
Germany 2 2 0 0 4 +8.854
France 2 1 1 0 2 −0.729
Switzerland 2 0 2 0 0 −0.281
European Nations Cup 1997 Group B Table
Team Played Won Lost NR Points Net Run Rate
Portugal 3 3 0 0 6 +2.715
Malta 3 2 1 0 4 +1.792
Austria 3 1 2 0 2 −0.796
Greece 3 0 3 0 0 −0.259

In the semi-final Portugal, Champion of group B, met France the runners up of Group A. But unfortunately Portugal lost that match against France. Portugal batted first for a fourth consecutive time. But in the semi-final Portugal's batting line-up was outmatched against the France's bowling. Portugal managed a 156 all out in 40.4 overs. Nadeem Butt scored 33 runs which was the highest runs of Portugal's innings. France made 157 very easily in 45.3 overs with 7 wickets in hand. Number 3 batsman N Jones made a 60.

Because of the unexpected defeat against France, Portugal was knocked out from the semi-final of The European Nations Cup 1997.[6]

Records and StatisticsEdit

International Match Summary — Portugal[7]

Last updated 27 October 2019
Playing Record
Format M W L T NR Inaugural Match
Twenty20 Internationals 4 2 2 0 0 25 October 2019

Twenty20 InternationalEdit

T20I record versus other nations[7]

Records complete to T20I #981. Last updated 27 October 2019.

Opponent M W L T NR First match First win
vs Associate Members
  Gibraltar 2 2 0 0 0 26 October 2019 26 October 2019
  Spain 2 0 2 0 0 25 October 2019

Tournament historyEdit

European ChampionshipEdit

  • 1996: Did not participate
  • 1998: Did not qualify
  • 2000: 4th place (Division Two)
  • 2002: 3rd place (Division Two)
  • 2004: Did not qualify
  • 2006: Did not qualify

European Affiliates ChampionshipEdit

  • 1999: Runner-up
  • 2001: Champion
  • 2003: 5th place
  • 2005: 5th place

From 2007 The European Affiliates Championship changed into European Championship Division Three.

European Championship Division ThreeEdit

  • 2007: 5th place
  • 2009: 6th place


Domestic cricketEdit

The only league in Portuguese cricket for the last decade has been the Lisbon league, which has been played by a varying number of local clubs (between three and seven) depending on the economic activity in the area. Most recently the National League has been contested by Lisbon-based teams and two new clubs – one from the Algarve and one from Almoster. There are four registered clubs – Asian CC, Oeiras CC, Comunidade Hindu Portuguesa CC (CHP), and Friends CC in the Lisbon area, with a club in Oporto (Oporto Cricket and Lawn Tennis Club), a club in the Algarve (Barrington's CC) and one from Almoster (Presban CC). Over the years the Asian CC has dominated the league. [11]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Ireland and Afghanistan ICC newest full members amid wide-ranging governance reform". International Cricket Council. 22 June 2017. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  2. ^ "T20I matches - Team records". ESPNcricinfo.
  3. ^ "T20I matches - 2020 Team records". ESPNcricinfo.
  4. ^ "All T20 matches between ICC members to get international status". International Cricket Council. 26 April 2018. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  5. ^ Fawcus, David. "Cryptics Cricket Club history". Cryptics C. C. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Cricket archive".
  7. ^ a b "Records / Portugal / Twenty20 Internationals / Result summary". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  8. ^ "Records / Portugal / Twenty20 Internationals / Highest totals". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Records / Portugal / Twenty20 Internationals / High scores". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Records / Portugal / Twenty20 Internationals / Best bowling figures". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 January 2019.

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