Tanzania national cricket team

The Tanzania national cricket team is the men's team that represents Tanzania in international cricket. Cricket has been played in what is now Tanzania since 1890, and the national side first played in 1951.[4] The Tanzania Cricket Association became an associate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2001,[5] having previously been part of the East and Central Africa Cricket Conference, which was a member of the ICC in its own right.

Tanzania
Nickname(s)The Cows
AssociationTanzania Cricket Association
Personnel
CaptainAbhik Patwa
CoachRivash Gobind
International Cricket Council
ICC statusAssociate member (2001)
ICC regionAfrica
ICC Rankings Current[1] Best-ever
T20I 35th 30th (17 Nov 2021)
International cricket
First internationalTanganyika Territory Tanganyika v. Kenya 
(Nairobi; 1 December 1951)
Twenty20 Internationals
First T20Iv  Mozambique at Gahanga International Cricket Stadium, Kigali; 2 November 2021
Last T20Iv  Namibia at Achimota Oval B, Accra; 20 March 2024
T20Is Played Won/Lost
Total[2] 63 36/24 (0 ties, 3 no results)
This year[3] 6 1/5 (0 ties, 0 no results)
T20 World Cup Qualifier appearances1[a] (first in 2023)
Best result6th (2023)
As of 20 March 2024

In April 2018, the ICC decided to grant full Twenty20 International (T20I) status to all its members. Therefore, all Twenty20 matches played between Tanzania and other ICC members since 1 January 2019 have had the T20I status.[6]

History

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Beginnings of cricket in Tanzania

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Cricket was first played in what is now Tanzania on the island of Zanzibar by the British Navy as recreation for the officers and crew. Cricket spread to Tanganyika after the British took over the League of Nations mandate in 1919.[4]

Cricket began to be concentrated mostly on the coast and on Zanzibar, with particular development in Dar-es-Salaam. The Indian population quickly took up the game and by the 1930s formed the majority of the players, with a significant European minority.[4]

National side

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Early matches

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Distance between Tanganyika and other countries in the African Great Lakes meant that the first international was not played until 1951, when Tanganyika lost by an innings to Kenya. Occasional matches against Kenya and Uganda continued throughout the 1950s[4] and Zanzibar also played matches against Uganda, beginning in 1956.[7]

Other opponents from further afield also toured, with Tanganyika playing the MCC in 1957[8] and 1963,[9] a South African Non-Europeans side in 1958 (who also played Zanzibar)[10] and Pakistan International Airlines in 1964.[11] The occasional matches against Kenya and Uganda eventually led to a formal triangular tournament being introduced in 1967, later to become a quadrangular tournament with the addition of Zambia.[4]

Decline

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As many businesses were nationalised in the early 1970s, much of the Indian and British population began to leave the country. Cricketers, including John Solanky, who went on to play for Glamorgan, were amongst those who left the country, and standards went into decline.[4]

Since the 1970s, the Tanzania Cricket Association has concentrated on developing the game amongst the African communities, and the national side now contains between 20 and 25% African players. The national side returned to form in the mid-1990s, when they were runners-up in two Africa-wide tournaments in 1994 and 1995, though there was again a slight decline in the late 1990s.[4]

ICC membership

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The Tanzania Cricket Association became an associate member of the ICC in 2001[5] (Tanzania had previously played international cricket as part of the combined East Africa and East and Central Africa teams) opening up new opportunities for Tanzanian cricket. The first matches for the national side as an ICC member were in the 2002 Africa Cup[4] where they lost all four of their matches.[12]

They showed improvement by the Africa Cricket Association Championship in 2004, where they still finished last, but did beat Zambia in the final match of the tournament, which was a qualifying event for the 2005 ICC Trophy.[13] Even more improvement was shown in the equivalent tournament two years later, when they won Division Two of the World Cricket League Africa Region.[14] This result qualified Tanzania for Division Three of the World Cricket League in Darwin in 2007. Tanzania finished sixth in that tournament after losing to Hong Kong in a play-off, which relegated them to Division Four.[15]

In 2008, Tanzania hosted Division Four of the World Cricket League. In this tournament they finished fourth, which meant that they remained in Division Four for the next tournament in 2010, played in Italy, where they came 4th again, thus remaining for 2012 ICC World Cricket League Division Four.

Tournament history

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World Cup

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World Cricket League

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ICC World Cup Qualifier

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ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier (Africa Regional Final)

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  • 2023 (Africa Regional Final): 6th place

ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge League Play-off

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World Cricket League Africa Region

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  • Division Two 2006: Winners[14]

ACA Africa T20 Cup

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Records and statistics

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International Match Summary — Tanzania[16]

Last updated 20 March 2024

Playing Record
Format M W L T NR Inaugural Match
Twenty20 Internationals 63 36 24 0 3 2 November 2021

Twenty20 International

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T20I record versus other nations[16]

Records complete to T20I #2531. Last updated 20 March 2024.

Opponent M W L T NR First match First win
vs Full Members
  Zimbabwe 1 0 1 0 0 23 November 2023
vs Associate Members
  Bahrain 1 0 1 0 0 9 March 2024
  Botswana 2 2 0 0 0 7 November 2021 7 November 2021
  Cameroon 3 3 0 0 0 6 November 2021 6 November 2021
  Eswatini 1 1 0 0 0 6 December 2022 6 December 2022
  Gambia 1 1 0 0 0 6 December 2022 6 December 2022
  Ghana 1 1 0 0 0 4 December 2022 4 December 2022
  Kenya 4 2 2 0 0 17 November 2021 17 November 2021
  Kuwait 1 0 1 0 0 6 March 2024
  Malawi 1 1 0 0 0 20 September 2022 20 September 2022
  Malaysia 1 0 1 0 0 10 March 2024
  Mozambique 2 2 0 0 0 2 November 2021 2 November 2021
  Namibia 2 0 2 0 0 28 November 2023
  Nigeria 5 3 1 0 1 17 November 2021 17 November 2021
  Rwanda 18 16 2 0 0 31 October 2022 31 October 2022
  Sierra Leone 2 2 0 0 0 3 November 2021 3 November 2021
  Uganda 16 2 12 0 2 18 November 2021 19 December 2022
  Vanuatu 1 0 1 0 0 5 March 2024 5 March 2024

Players

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Current squad

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This lists all the players who have played for Tanzania in the past 12 months or has been part of the latest T20I squad. Updated as of 31 August 2023

Name Age Batting style Bowling style Notes
Batters
Ivan Selemani 24 Right-handed Right-arm off break
Omary Kitunda 25 Right-handed Right-arm medium
Abhik Patwa 37 Right-handed Right-arm off break Captain
Jitin Singh 40 Right-handed Right-arm medium
Dhrumit Mehta 21 Right-handed Right-arm off break
All-rounders
Kassim Nassoro 36 Right-handed Right-arm off break Vice-captain
Md. Yunusu Issa 22 Right-handed Right-arm medium
Shaik Basha 18 Left-handed Slow left-arm unorthodox
Wicket-keepers
Amal Rajeevan 27 Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Spin Bowlers
Yalinde Nkanya 21 Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Sanjay Thakor 33 Right-handed Right-arm leg break
Akhil Anil 26 Left-handed Right-arm off break
Pace Bowlers
Ally Kimote 32 Right-handed Right-arm medium
Salum Jumbe 27 Left-handed Right-arm medium-fast
Johnson Nyambo 18 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast

Other notable players

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The following players played for Tanzania or Tanganyika and also played first-class or List A cricket:

International grounds

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Locations of all stadiums which have hosted international cricket matches within Tanzania

See also

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Notes

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  1. ^ T20 World Cup Qualifier refers to the Regional Final of the ICC Africa region from the 2023 edition.

References

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  1. ^ "ICC Rankings". International Cricket Council.
  2. ^ "T20I matches - Team records". ESPNcricinfo.
  3. ^ "T20I matches - 2024 Team records". ESPNcricinfo.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Encyclopedia of World Cricket by Roy Morgan, Sportsbooks Publishing, 2007
  5. ^ a b Tanzania at CricketArchive
  6. ^ "All T20 matches between ICC members to get international status". International Cricket Council. 26 April 2018. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  7. ^ Uganda in Zanzibar 1956 at CricketArchive
  8. ^ Scorecard of Tanganyika v MCC, 28 December 1957 at CricketArchive
  9. ^ MCC in East Africa 1963/64 at CricketArchive
  10. ^ South African Non-Europeans in East Africa 1958/59 at CricketArchive
  11. ^ Pakistan International Airlines in East Africa 1964 at CricketArchive
  12. ^ 2002 Africa Cup at CricketEurope
  13. ^ a b c Africa qualifying for the 2005 ICC Trophy at tournament official website
  14. ^ a b Points Table for ICC World Cricket League Africa Region Division Two 2006 at CricketArchive
  15. ^ a b Uganda lift Division Three title by Andrew Nixon, 2 June 2007 at CricketEurope
  16. ^ a b "Records / Tanzania / Twenty20 Internationals / Result summary". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 22 September 2022.
  17. ^ "Records / Tanzania / Twenty20 Internationals / Highest totals". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  18. ^ "Records / Tanzania / Twenty20 Internationals / High scores". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  19. ^ "Records / Tanzania / Twenty20 Internationals / Best bowling figures". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  20. ^ "Records / Tanzania / Twenty20 Internationals / Most runs". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  21. ^ "Records / Tanzania/ Twenty20 Internationals / Most wickets". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  22. ^ Pranlal Divecha at CricketArchive
  23. ^ Praful Mehta at CricketArchive
  24. ^ CD Patel at CricketArchive
  25. ^ RD Patel at CricketArchive
  26. ^ Malcolm Ronaldson at CricketArchive
  27. ^ John Solanky at CricketArchive
  28. ^ Shiraz Sumar at CricketArchive
  29. ^ Vasant Tapu at CricketArchive
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