Will never get off the ground,there will be only 1 IPL.
Will never get off the ground,there will be only 1 IPL.
The game began to be played in Australia soon after colonisation in 1788. It's popularity spread at a tremendous pace. The first recorded first class match is Tasmania's three-wicket victory against Launceston Racecourse in February, 1851. Meanwhile, cricket became popular in Victoria. The popularity of the game reached its peak in the 1860s, through touring teams. WG Grace's arrival in 1873 further boosted interest. In 1876-77 Australia faced England in a Test match.
Cricket became popular soon after the country's independence in 1971. Bangladesh became an Associate Member of the ICC in 1977 and quickly made a mark in international cricket through the Asian Cricket Council tournaments. Bangladesh qualified to play in the World Cup which was held in England in 1999 following their victory in the ICC Trophy in Malaysia in 1997. They also went on to become the 10th Test nation in June 2000.
The nation is said to have invented cricket in the 16th Century. By the end of the 18th century the game was spread to the country's various colonies. The country is also responsible for introducing one-day cricket along with Australia. Twenty20, the latest version of the game, also originated in England.
Cricket began to be played in India from 1700 as a result of English colonialism. Calcutta Cricket Club was the first cricket club and was formed in 1792 for Europeans only. Soon Indians began to play and Bombay emerged as a place of significance. By the late 1920s, India was keen to play Test cricket but had to persuade the ICC they were ready - and they needed a national organising body, so the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) was formed in 1928. India finally made their Test debut in 1932.
First-class cricket began in New Zealand in 1906 with the Plunket Shield, named after the governor-general, Lord Plunket. Originally a series of challenges among five regions, from 1921-22 it was a league. Shell Oil took over the sponsorship in 1975-76, and introduced a new prize, the Shell Trophy, for the same competition. Today the first-class competition is known as the State Championship, after its current sponsor, State Insurance.
Pakistan came into the forefront following the Partition of India in 1947, and the establishment of the separate nation state of Pakistan. Soon the state was accepted into the Test fold at a meeting of the Imperial Cricket Conference in July 1952, after being recommended by India. Pakistan's first Test match took place in Delhi in October 1952 and their first home five-day encounter was held in Dacca (also against India) in January 1955.
Cricket made its appearance in South Africa from the time that Great Britain began to seize control from the Dutch in the late 1700s. The first recognised cricket match in the history of South Africa was played on January 5, 1808 between two teams of English officers posted there. Interest accelerated sufficiently for South Africa to become the third Test nation (following in the footsteps of England and Australia) in 1889 (the same year that first-class cricket began in the country) against England at St George's Park Cricket Ground in Port Elizabeth. South Africa was also one of the three founder members of the ICC in 1909.
Cricket began to develop in Sri Lanka once the process of British colonisation was completed in the early 1800s. The earliest reference to the game in Sri Lanka was on September 5, 1832 which was when the formation of a cricket club was recorded. Although the domestic first-class system was set up in 1937-38 it was not until 1981 that Sri Lanka became the eighth Test-playing country (playing their inaugural Test the following year in Colombo against England).
The first Caribbean club, St Anne's, was formed in Barbados in 1806 and soon became part of the European culture on the island through the military. But it was only in 1865 - 32 years after the abolition of slavery - that the first inter-colonial match occurred, between Barbados and Demerara, now part of Guyana. Trinidad soon joined those sides in a triangular competition, but it would only be in the latter half of the 20th Century, with the increasing availability of air travel, that teams such as Jamaica could play against other islands regularly. West Indies took time to establish themselves as an international side, but finally beat England in 1930, in Trinidad.
The first cricket match staged in Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia) took place on August 16, 1890 near Masvingo (then Fort Victoria). Touring sides gradually began to filter over to Rhodesia in the 1900s and the standards of the game further improved when they entered the South African domestic competition (the Currie Cup). After independence the country was elected as an Associate Member of the ICC in 1981. They eventually played their inaugural Test match in October 1992 (against India in Harare), having already competed in three one-day World Cup tournaments.
Argentina first played international cricket in 1868, against Uruguay, while international competition against Brazil was held in 1888. The Argentine Cricket Association was founded in 1913.
The first record of organised cricket can be found in a painting dated 1870 which now hangs in the Pavilion at Lord's. This shows the opening of the Brussels Cricket Club ground in 1866 by the Mayor of Brussels.
The first recorded cricket match played in Bermuda was on August 30, 1844. The Bermuda Cricket Club was formed in 1845. The Bermuda Cricket Board of Control became the current Bermuda Cricket Board in 2003. Bermuda became an Associate member of the ICC in 1966.
Botswana Cricket Association headquarters is in Gaborone. It became an Associate member in 2005 and is also a member of the African Cricket Association.
Canada has a long association with cricket going back to the year 1785. The Canadian Cricket Association (Now Cricket Canada) has been in existence since 1892.
People began to began to play cricket on this island from 1940. By 1997 Cayman Islands was accepted as an Affiliate member of the ICC and progressed to Associate membership in 2002.
In 1840 some Danish high school teachers were on a study visit to England and brought back the basics of the game of cricket to Denmark. Denmark's international game developed after joining the ICC as an associate member in 1966. Denmark has taken part in the ICC tournaments and has been a founder member of the European Cricket Council, hosting the first ICC European Championships in 1996.
Cricket in Fiji started in 1874 in Le vuka, Ovalau when a visiting Royal Naval Ship visited Levuka and played a local side which was selected at the Royal Hotel in Levuka. The Fiji Cricket Association was founded in 1946. In 1965, Fiji was elected as the first associate member of the International Cricket Conference (as it then was).
According to records in the French national archives, 'criquet' was already being played in the north of France by 1478. By the mid-1700s a number of clubs were established in the north. The Association Franšaise de Cricket was revived in 1987 and the following year France became an Affiliate member of the ICC.
Cricket was known about in Germany from the late eighteenth century, but the first club, Berlin CC, was founded by English and American residents the 1850s. In 1999 Germany became an ICC associate member.
The game of cricket has been played on the Rock of Gibraltar since the late eighteenth century. It was initially played by British Servicemen. In May 1960 the Gibraltar Cricket Association was formed.
Cricket has been played in Guernsey since the late 19th century at Elizabeth College, and the MCC has been known to visit the island annually since the latter part of that century. The Guernsey Cricket Association was founded in 1927.
The Hong Kong Cricket Club was founded in 1851. They won the first Asian Cricket Council Trophy in 2008 (defeating four-time champions UAE in the Final and Afghanistan in the semifinal).
Cricket was introduced into Ireland by the English in the later stages of the 18th Century. The first record of a cricket match was played in Phoenix Park in 1792. Ireland played its first international game in 1855 when it beat The Gentlemen of England by 107 runs. Ireland became an Associate member of the ICC in 1993.
Cricket has been played in Israel since the days of the British Mandate, which began in 1917, although the first national league, consisting of 10 clubs, was only set up in 1966. The Israel Cricket Association was founded in 1968. Israel became an associate member of the ICC in 1974.
The game of cricket in Italy dates back to 1793 when Admiral Horatio Nelson organised the first ever recorded game in Naples. The transformation from expatriate to integrated activity started in 1980 with the foundation of the Associazione Italiana Cricket.
After cricket was brought to Japan by Britain's Royal Navy around the time of the Meiji Revolution, the game came to be played throughout Japan mainly by foreigners. The first cricket club, Yokohama Country & Athletic Club (known as YC&AC) was born in 1868. The Japanese Cricket Association was formed in 1984 and became an associate member of the ICC in 2005.
Island The earliest records of cricket in Jersey show that the game was played from the mid 1860's onwards. The Jersey Island Cricket Club was formed in 1922 and the first visitors of real note were the MCC in 1924. Jersey recently became the 33rd country to be granted associate membership of the ICC.
Cricket was brought to Kenya by colonial settlers and the first match was played in Mombasa. The first recorded match was held in 1899. Cricket Kenya as the body in charge of cricket in Kenya came into being at the end of a long drawn out dispute with the previous management, the Kenya Cricket Association and its Provincial boards among other stake holders in the game.
Kuwait has produced some outstanding batsmen but a lack of cutting-edge bowlers has held it back up to now. Still it clinched third place in the 2004 ACC Trophy and 2007 ACC Twenty20 Cup.
Malaysia has the best facilities amongst the non-Test countries of Asia.Its abilities to organise and deliver a top-class international tournament were demonstrated by the 2006 DLF Tri-Series between Australia, India and the West Indies in September 2006 and the 16-nation ICC U-19 World Cup in 2008. The ACC has found Malaysia an accommodating host for numerous tournaments.
The first recorded history of cricket being played in the then South West Africa region was during the First World War in the Okonjande prisoner of war camp near Otjiwarongo. However, photographs exist of cricket being played in Windhoek as early as 1909.
Nepal have won tournaments at every level of Asian Cricket Council competition. Wins have been based on disciplined, error-free cricket. Sri Lanka's legendary batsman Roy Dias who took over as coach in 2001 has been the architect of Nepal's triumphs and has moulded a nation high on enthusiasm and short of experience into a fine competitive force.
Cricket was introduced to The Netherlands by British soldiers during the Napoleonic Wars in the 19th Century, and the Cape Colony in 1856. In the 1860s it was considered a major sport in the country. The Netherlands national team played its first ever game in 1881.
Cricket was introduced into and first played in Nigeria by British colonial administrators in the nineteenth century. Later on, English missionaries and army personnel added impetus to the spread of the game. The first recorded international cricket match involving Nigeria was against the Gold Coast (now Ghana) in 1904. Nigeria was granted associate membership of the ICC in 2002.
Papua New Guinea
Cricket was introduced in Papua New Guinea by missionaries from the London Missionaries Society in the early 1900s. The game is very popular among the Papuan coastal villages where these missionaries and early British explorers first landed. It is said that organised competitions have been played since the 1950s. PNG became an Associate member of the ICC in 1973.
Scottish cricket has a distinguished pedigree stretching back to 1783, when the first recorded match was played at Schaw Park, Alloa. The oldest club in the country is Kelso, founded in 1820. In 1992, Scotland applied to become an independent, associate member of the ICC, and this status was granted in 1994.
The Singapore Cricket Association. Its administration is one of the finest in the world and its national team is making significant progress up the ladder. They're not world-beaters or even Asia beaters yet but if it keeps doing just enough in all the ACC tournaments to justify their opponents' respect.
The Tanzania Cricket Association came into existence immediately after independence in 1961. It was formerly known as Tanganyika Cricket Association. The existence of the association dates back to 1946 when the three colonial countries of East Africa were bound together with Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika making the East African Cricket Conference. Cricket in Tanzania dates back to 1890, in Zanzibar where the first official fixture was played.
Thailand has progressed considerably since the ACC took an interest in them and now stand as one of the true exemplars of cricket development. The game has spread across the large country, spreading out from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and Khon Kaen in the north, Hua Hin in the east and Phuket in the south.
The UAE is close to peerless in Asia when it comes to senior-level cricket, though losing the 2008 ACC Trophy Elite Final to Hong Kong ended its run of four consecutive ACC Trophy's. Many feel the UAE still has the best players and the best grounds as well as deep-rooted cricket patronage so a return to winning ways will not be far away.
Uganda Cricket Association is affiliated to the National Council of Sports. In 1998 Uganda was admitted as an Associate Member of the International Cricket Council (ICC). The start of the game is associated with British rule and the arrival of the Indians. In 1939 the first 'Schools Cricket Week' was held between the four pioneer schools.
Some reports indicate that cricket was started in the American Colonies sometime around 1737 and teams were comprised of officers of the British Army and persons who migrated from England as planters and Barons.
The game of cricket has been played in Zambia since the early 1900`s. It wasn't until the late 1950`s or so that organised cricket in the then territory of Northern Rhodesia was firmly established as Northern Rhodesia cricket union (NRCU).
The game of cricket was introduced in Vanuatu at the commencement of the 20th Century (around 1905), through English expatriates that lived in the New Hebrides. Local competitions that involved teams of expatriates and native New Hebrideans from villages surrounding the capital, Port Vila, were run in and around Port Vila for many decades prior to when the Vanuatu Cricket Association joined the ICC as an Affiliate member in 1995.
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Afghanistan make their Intercontinental debut tomorrow against a Taibu lead Zimbabwe A.
And in Canada, Steve Tikolo is still carrying the Kenyan batting.
Can 70/2 (25.1 ov, MZ Zahir 19*, S Jyoti 35*, PJ Ongondo 0/27) | Live Scorecard | Cricinfo.com
Born in Canada as well. Encouraging signs...
Tikolo starring with the ball as well. What are Kenya going to do when his gone?
Any updates on Zim XI & Afg match today?
Nothing yet on Cricket Europe or Cricinfo.
Awful start by Kenya in the first ODI against Canada. Four down for 30 with Tikolo and Waters, their form batsman gone.
The match between Afghanistan and Zimbabwe XI ended up being a draw, Tatenda Taibu saved Zimbabwe from defeat scoring 172 in the first innings and 120 in the second innings.
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Am loving ever match played by Afghanistan! Wanna see how they fare if they play 3 Odi series against Bangladesh or West indies! Capable of beating Bangladesh I guess...
Last edited by laksh_01; 20-08-2009 at 08:59 AM.
Y don't Afghanistan play 3 match Odis series against Zimbabwe or Bangladesh? Both those teams have got enough space to accomidate a 3 match series!
Afghanistan needs 51 from 60 balls 4 Wkts left Vs Netherlands. Another Interesting ending...
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