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The South Korea national cricket team is the team that represents the Republic of Korea (also known as South Korea) in international cricket. It is governed by the Korea Cricket Association, which became an affiliate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2001 and an associate member in June 2017.[1] Their first international appearance to date was in the ICC East Asia/Pacific 8s tournament in Perth in 2002, where they came fourth in a tournament that also involved Japan, Indonesia and an Australian Aborigines team. They also competed in 2011 east Asia Pacific tournament.

South Korea
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CaptainJun Hyun Woo
CoachNasir Khan
International Cricket Council
ICC statusAssociate member[1] (2017)
ICC regionEast Asia-Pacific
ICC Rankings Current [2] Best-ever
T20I 64th 64th (2-May-2019)
International cricket
First internationalv.  Japan at Perth; 25 February 2002
As of 3 May 2019

In 2013 Arirang TV broadcast a documentary Bowling for Gold in their programme Arirang Prime on the Korean national cricket team as the 2014 Asian Games approached. The documentary highlighted their struggle to put together a national cricket team without any support from government agencies, their journeys to the 2011 ICC EAP Trophy Division 2 in Samoa making their international debut and winning their first match, rebuilding the national team two years later for the Asian Games and touring Chandigarh, Punjab, India as part of their preparations including playing against youth teams and training from Indian coaches. During their stay they also watched an IPL match at the Mohali Stadium and met some of the players such as Adam Gilchrist.[3]

The team competed in 2014 Asian Games in Incheon as the host nation team, in which the team reached the quarter-final where they were defeated by the Sri Lankan cricket team. Matches were played at the purpose-built Yeonhui Cricket Ground in Incheon.

In 2016, the team competed in the inaugural East Asia Cup played among the four teams with Japan, China and Hong Kong Dragons being the other three teams. It was hosted by Japan Cricket Association at Sano International Cricket Ground. In the group stage South Korea won all their matches except the one against Japan.[4] The tournament was won by South Korea after beating Japan in the final.[5][6][7][8]

In April 2018, the ICC decided to grant full Twenty20 International (T20I) status to all its members. Therefore, all Twenty20 matches played between South Korea and other ICC members after 1 January 2019 will be a full T20I.[9]

South Korea participated in the 2018–19 ICC World Twenty20 East Asia-Pacific Qualifier group B. This was the first round of qualification for the 2020 ICC World Twenty20 tournament which will be held in Australia. They finished in 2nd place behind the Philippines who qualified for the next round.



Locations of all stadiums which have hosted international cricket matches within South Korea

2011 East Asia-Pacific Division TwoEdit

South Korea took part in the 2011 ICC EAP Trophy Division 2 tournament from the 4–7 April 2011 in Samoa. The tournament was part of a qualifying pyramid for the 2012 twenty-20 cricket world cup in Sri Lanka. The competing teams were as follows:

South Korea finished in 5th position (out of 6 teams) by winning their last match.

2014 Asian Games, IncheonEdit

In 2014 South Korea participated, as the host nation, at the Asian Games T20 cricket tournament in Incheon, South Korea. The competition was held at the newly built Yeonhui Cricket Ground in Incheon, Korea's first dedicated cricket facility. Teams in the men's competition were as follows:

South Korea's squad for the 2014 Asian GamesEdit

  • Kim Kyungsik (Captain) - Bowler (RAM)
  • Hyobum An - Bowler (RAOS)
  • Suin Bang - WK & RHB
  • Inho Cha - Bowler (RAOS)
  • Sunghoon Cho - Batsman (RH)
  • Jiwon Choi - All Rounder (RAM/RHB)
  • Youmin Jung - Batsman (RH)
  • Hongki Kim - Bowler (RAOS)
  • Namheon Kim - Bowler (LAOS)
  • Sangwook Lee - Batsman (RH)
  • Hwanhee Lee - Bowler (RAOS)
  • Soochan Park - Batsman (LH)
  • Park Tae Kwan- Bowler (LAFM)
  • Ilhwan Seo - Batsman (RH)
  • Sung Dae Sik - Batsman (RH)

South Korea's results were as follows:

Game 1, South Korea v Malaysia (Malaysia won by 8 wickets)[10]

Game 2, South Korea v China (South Korea won by 6 Runs)[11]

QF, South Korea v Sri Lanka (Sri Lanka won by 117 Runs)[12]

East Asia Cup[13][14]Edit

Former National Team PlayersEdit

  • Lee Hwayeon (Former Head Coach / Captain and currently KCA Director)
  • Choi Jun Hyuk

2018–19 ICC World Twenty20 East Asia-Pacific QualifierEdit

South Korea competed in the 2018–19 ICC World Twenty20 East Asia-Pacific Qualifier for the first time since 2011. They proved that they are an up-and-coming cricket nation by finishing second above Japan who are the 2018 EAP champions and Indonesia who won the bronze medal at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games. This was a huge stepping stone for Korea.

Squad [17]:

  • Jun Hyun Woo (c)
  • Choi Jiwon
  • Muhammad Nadeem
  • Mudassir Iqbal (vc)
  • Altaf Gill
  • Park Keun Yeol
  • Francois Pieters
  • Kim Dae Yeon
  • Lim Jeong Wook
  • Park Tae Kwan
  • Sung Dae Sik
  • Raja Muhammad Shoaib
  • Nishat Nazmus Sakib
  • Kim Yongtae

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Ireland and Afghanistan ICC newest full members amid wide-ranging governance reform". International Cricket Council. 22 June 2017. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  2. ^ "ICC Rankings". International Cricket Council.
  3. ^ "Arirang Prime Ep214 Bowling for Gold". Arirang TV. 23 September 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  4. ^ "East Asia Cup 2016/17 Fixtures & Results". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Korea's national cricket team taste first international success". Arirang News. 24 November 2016. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Korea beats Japan to clinch East Asia Cup title". International Cricket Council. 7 November 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Japan vs South Korea Final East Asia Cup 2016". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  8. ^ a b "South Korea edge Japan to win East Asia Cup cricket tournament". Inside the games. 8 November 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  9. ^ "All T20I matches to get international status". International Cricket Council. 26 April 2018. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
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  13. ^ "East Asia Cup Tournament organised between China, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea". Japan Cricket Association. 19 February 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  14. ^ "History of the Games". Cricket Hong Kong. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  15. ^ "EAST ASIA MEN'S T-20 CHAMPIONSHIPS, 2015/16". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  16. ^ "East Asia Cup Table - 2018". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  17. ^ "2020 ICC World T20 Qualifiers EAP Squads". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 1 December 2018.

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