Singapore national cricket team
The Singapore national cricket team is the team that represents the Republic of Singapore in international cricket. Singapore has been an associate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) since 1974, and was a founding member of the Asian Cricket Council formed in 1983.
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|Coach||Bilal Asad, Fahad Masood|
|International Cricket Council|
|ICC status||Associate member (1974)|
|First international||27 May 1927 v WAS Oldfield's XI at The Padang, Singapore|
|One Day Internationals|
|World Cup Qualifier appearances||6 (first in 1979)|
|Best result||Plate competition, 1990|
|As of 3 May 2019|
Singapore currently sits in ICC World Cricket League Division Three, which is the highest level in the World Cricket League system. Singapore has also played in the ICC World Cup Qualifier several times, most recently in the 2001 ICC Trophy. Singapore's greatest rivalry is with neighbouring Malaysia, whereby they play against each other annually in the Stan Nagaiah Trophy. For most of their history, they have been evenly matched, with both currently sitting in the third tier of Asian cricket – that is the level below the Test teams (India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan) and the high-level associates (Hong Kong, Nepal, UAE).
In April 2018, the ICC decided to grant full Twenty20 International (T20I) status to all its members. Therefore, all Twenty20 matches played between Singapore and other ICC members after 1 January 2019 will be a full T20I. After April 2019, Singapore will play in the 2019–21 ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge League. Singapore are scheduled to play their first T20I against Qatar on 22 July 2019.
Beginnings of cricket in SingaporeEdit
The first recorded mention of cricket in Singapore was in 1837 when a "Mr Z" complained, in a letter to the Singapore Free Press, of cricket being played near a church on a Sunday in violation of the Christian Sabbath. This resulted in cricket being banned on Sundays, a prohibition that remained in place until the 1930s.
Cricket was an important recreational activity, with matches often played against the officers of visiting ships. The Singapore Cricket Club was formed in 1852 and played its first match amongst themselves the same year. The quality of cricket in these early years was quite poor, and it wasn't until 1865 before a team total of more than 100 was scored. Louis Glass became the first person in Singapore to record a century two years later.
The Singapore Cricket Club eventually began to play against teams from other parts of British Malaya such as Penang, Perak and Kuala Lumpur and this eventually led to an invitation from Hong Kong to send a team there, which saw the beginning of the long-running series of "Interport matches".
Straits Settlements cricket teamEdit
The 1890 invitation from Hong Kong led to the formation of the Straits Settlements cricket team, and they played Hong Kong in two two-day matches, both of which were lost. The series was the beginning of the "Interport Matches", which continued until 1987. Hong Kong and Ceylon came to Singapore the following year, and the Straits Settlements won both matches, also drawing against a combined Ceylon/Hong Kong team.
They played Burma in 1906, and their involvement in the Interport Matches ceased in 1909, when they were replaced by an All Malaya team. The Straits Settlements visited Bangkok in 1910, though from them their only matches came annually against the Federated Malay States until 1940. These fixtures continue in the modern era as the Saudara Cup matches between Singapore and Malaysia.
The Singapore team did play twice during the Straits Settlements team era, playing twice against WAS Oldfield's XI in 1927, losing both matches by an innings. They next played in 1957, drawing at home to Ceylon. Various teams visited Singapore in the 1960s, including Worcestershire.
The Interport Matches resumed in 1968 with Singapore drawing against Hong Kong. These matches were played occasionally until 1987. In 1970, the Saudara Cup match against Malaysia was played for the first time, this continues annually to the present day. Also that year, Singapore played an MCC side captain by Tony Lewis and featuring Geoff Boycott. The match was won by the MCC.
Singapore became an associate member of the ICC in 1974 and three years later won the Saudara Cup for the first time. In 1978, Singapore played India at home, the match ending in a draw. Singapore took part in the first ICC Trophy in England in 1979 but could only finish fourth in their first round group after only beating Argentina. They finished fourth out of eight teams in their first round group in the 1982 tournament and withdrew from the 1986 tournament when several of their players couldn't get leave from work.
Singapore played in the South East Asian Tournament for the first time in 1984, playing in the event again in 1988 and 1992 (when they hosted), though they never reached the final as Bangladesh and Hong Kong finished first and second on each occasion. The final Interport Match took place in Singapore in 1987, with Hong Kong beating the home side. They returned to the ICC Trophy for the 1990 tournament in the Netherlands, beating Malaysia and Israel during the event, and failing to progress past the first round.
Singapore began playing in the Tuanku Ja'afar Cup in 1991, an annual tournament against Malaysia, Hong Kong and Thailand. They won the event just once, in 1994, a year in which they finished 19th out of 20 teams in the ICC Trophy. The Stan Nagaiah Trophy, an annual three match series of one-day matches against Malaysia, began the following year. Singapore played in the first ACC Trophy in 1996, beating the Maldives and Thailand but failing to go past the first round. They finished 14th in the 1997 ICC Trophy and could only beat Papua New Guinea in the 1998 ACC Trophy, again failing to go past the first round.
2000 - 2009Edit
The first two major tournaments of the 21st century for Singapore got them off to a bad start as they lost all their first round matches in both the 2000 ACC Trophy in the UAE and the 2001 ICC Trophy in Ontario, their final ICC Trophy to date. They hosted the ACC Trophy in 2002, beating the Maldives and Thailand (by 325 runs) but again failing to progress beyond the first round, a performance they repeated in 2004. The finished fourth in the ACC Fast Track Countries Tournament in 2004 and 2005.
Singapore began to show an improvement in their form in 2006. That year they finished third in the ACC Premier League and finally passed the first round stage in the ACC Trophy, finishing fifth to qualify for Division Five of the World Cricket League in 2008. They didn't progress beyond the first round of the 2007 ACC Twenty20 Cup, beating only Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia, but captain Chaminda Ruwan did make the highest score of the tournament. In the World Cricket League Division Five tournament in Jersey, Singapore finished fifth after beating Botswana in a play-off, though they did beat Afghanistan during the first round, who went on to win the tournament.
In August 2009, Singapore hosted and won Division Six of the World Cricket League, going through the tournament undefeated and winning promotion back to Division Five. In November 2009, Singapore travelled to the UAE for the 2009 ACC Twenty20 Cup. During the tournament Singapore finished third in Group A, therefore failing to progress to the semi-finals and a chance to qualify for the 2010 Asian Games. In the fifth place playoff Singapore lost to Nepal by 9 wickets to finish to tournament in sixth place.
2010 - presentEdit
In the 2010 ICC World Cricket League Division Five,they finished fourth to remain in Division Five. Hosting the 2012 tournament, they ran out winners, moving them up to Division Four and keeping their hopes of World Cup qualification alive. Singapore has decided to dedicate their strengths in to their SEA GAMES team, where Mohammad Yusof Bin Aslam (Captain) has chosen not to participate due to conflict of interest. He has decided to be a FIFA'18 professional Player, representing Singapore national E-sports team. He will still be a key asset, providing coaching and support to the younger generations.
In August 2017, Singapore won two medals in cricket at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games. They won the gold medal in the 20-over tournament and the silver medal in the 50-over tournament.
- 2008 Division Five: 5th place
- 2009 Division Six: Champions
- 2010 Division Five: 4th place
- 2012 Division Five: Champions
- 2012 Division Four: 3rd place
- 2014 Division Four: 2nd place
- 2014 Division Three: 3rd place
- 2017 Division Three: 3rd place
- 1979: First round
- 1982: First round
- 1986: Withdrew
- 1990: First round
- 1994: 19th place
- 1997: 14th place
- 2001: First round
- 2005: Did not qualify
- 2009: Did not qualify
- 2013: Did not qualify
- 2018: Did not qualify
- 1996: First round
- 1998: First round
- 2000: First round
- 2002: First round
- 2004: First round
- 2006: 5th place
- 2008 Elite: 5th place
- 2010 Elite: 9th place
- 2014 Ellite League: Winner
Records and StatisticsEdit
Statistics from Singapore players in World Cricket League matches and ACC Events since 2008
- Arjun Mutreja - 108 vs Bermuda at Selangor Turf Club, Kuala Lumpur on 27 October 2014
- Christopher Janik – 106 vs Malaysia at Kinrara Academy Oval, Kuala Lumpur on 4 September 2012
- Buddhika Mendis – 103* vs Bahrain at The Padang, Singapore on 1 September 2009
- Arjun Mutreja - 101* vs United States of America at Kampala, Uganda on 26 May 2017
- Rezza Gaznavi – 96 vs Bhutan at The Padang, Singapore on 10 June 2014
Best Bowling figuresEdit
- Highest team total: 231/6 v Gibraltar, 25 February 1994 at Ruaraka Sports Club Ground, Nairobi
- Highest individual score: 77 by Joshua Dearing v Canada, 28 June 2001 at Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club
- Best innings bowling: 5/39 by M. Rajalingam v Fiji, 5 July 1982 at Solihull Cricket Club Ground
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- Scorecard of Singapore v Ceylon, 18 August 1957 at CricketArchive
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- 1990 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
- 1996 ACC Trophy at CricketEurope
- 1998 ACC Trophy at CricketArchive
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- Scorecard of Afghanistan v Singapore, 27 May 2008 at CricketArchive
- Scorecard of Jersey v Afghanistan, 31 May 2008 at CricketArchive
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