Kuwait
Flag of Kuwait.svg
AssociationKuwait Cricket Association
Personnel
CaptainMohammed Aslam
CoachMuthumudalige Pushpakumara
International Cricket Council
ICC statusAffiliate (1998)
Associate member (2005)
ICC regionAsia
ICC Rankings Current[1] Best-ever
T20I 24th 23rd (21-Aug-2022)
International cricket
First internationalv  Bahrain at Kuwait City; 30 October 1979
Twenty20 Internationals
First T20Iv  Maldives at Oman Cricket Academy Ground Turf 1, Muscat; 20 January 2019
Last T20Iv  Singapore at Oman Cricket Academy Ground Turf 1, Muscat; 24 August 2022
T20Is Played Won/Lost
Total[2] 27 15/9
(3 ties, 0 no result)
This year[3] 8 6/1
(1 tie, 0 no result)

One-day kit

As of 24 August 2022

The Kuwait national cricket team is the team that represents the State of Kuwait in international cricket. The team is organised by the Kuwait Cricket Association, which has been an associate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) since 2005, having previously been an affiliate member since 1998.[4] Kuwait made its international debut in 1979, but has only played regularly at international level since the early 2000s, appearing regularly in Asian Cricket Council tournaments since then. Beginning in the early 2010s, the side appeared in several World Cricket League events, although it was relegated back to regional level after the 2013 Division Six tournament.[5]

In 2018 former South African international Herschelle Gibbs was appointed coach of Kuwait for the 2020 ICC World Twenty20 qualification process.[6]

History

The Kuwait Cricket Association was formed in 1996[7] and they became an affiliate member of the ICC two years later.[4]

21st century

2000 - 2017

They participated in the ACC Trophy for the first time in 2000, but couldn't progress beyond the first round,[8] a performance they repeated in the 2002 tournament.[9]

In 2004, Kuwait pulled off a series off upsets to finish in third place in that year's ACC Trophy, only just missing out on qualification for the 2005 ICC Trophy. They did qualify for the repêchage tournament in early 2005[10] in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in which they finished sixth after losing to the Cayman Islands in a play-off.[11]

In February 2006, Kuwait finished third out of five teams when they hosted the ACC Middle East Cup.[12] In August, they took part in the ACC Trophy, but were unable to reproduce their strong 2004 performance. They were eliminated in the first round when a tie with Hong Kong left them in third place in their group on run rate. A win in this match would have seen them through to the quarter finals.[13]

In 2007 Kuwait played in the ACC Twenty20 Cup, which they also hosted. They finished third in the tournament, beating the UAE by three runs in a play-off.[14]

Kuwait has participated in several World Cricket League tournaments, hosting and winning Division Eight in 2010;[15] winning Division Seven in Botswana in May 2011;[16] and coming third in Division Six in Malaysia in September 2011. Kuwait set one of the lowest ever T20 targets during the 2014 Asian Games.[17]

2018-Present

In April 2018, the ICC decided to grant full Twenty20 International (T20I) status to all its members. Therefore, all Twenty20 matches played between Kuwait and other ICC members after 1 January 2019 will be a full T20I.[18]

Kuwait made its Twenty20 International debut on 20 January 2019, defeating Maldives by eight wickets in the 2019 ACC Western Region T20 at Al Emarat Cricket Stadium, Muscat, Oman.[19]

20 January 2019
09:30
Scorecard
Maldives 
102 (18.4 overs)
v
 Kuwait
103/2 (10.3 overs)
Mohamed Rishwan 25 (23)
Imran Ali 3/16 (3 overs)
Ravija Sandaruwan 68* (36)
Ameel Mauroof 1/11 (3 overs)
Kuwait won by 8 wickets
Al Amerat Cricket Stadium, Muscat
Umpires: Vinod Babu (Oma) and Shivani Mishra (Qat)
Player of the match: Ravija Sandaruwan (Kuw)
  • Kuwait won the toss and elected to field.
  • First ever T20I match for Kuwait.

Tournament history

ACC Trophy

ACC Twenty20 Cup

World Cricket League

Asian Games

Asia Cup Qualifier

ACC Western Region T20

Records

International Match Summary — Kuwait[20]

Last updated 24 August 2022

Playing Record
Format M W L T NR Inaugural Match
Twenty20 Internationals 27 15 9 3 0 20 January 2019

Twenty20 International

T20I record versus other nations[20]

Records complete to T20I #1744. Last updated 24 August 2022.

Opponent M W L T NR First match First win
vs Associate Members
 Bahrain 8 7 0 1 0 23 January 2019 23 January 2019
 Hong Kong 1 0 1 0 0 23 August 2022
 Iran 1 1 0 0 0 25 February 2020 25 February 2020
 Malaysia 1 0 1 0 0 22 July 2019
 Maldives 2 2 0 0 0 20 January 2019 20 January 2019
   Nepal 1 0 1 0 0 27 July 2019
 Qatar 6 2 2 2 0 22 January 2019 4 July 2019
 Saudi Arabia 3 1 2 0 0 24 January 2019 23 February 2020
 Singapore 1 1 0 0 0 24 August 2022 24 August 2022
 United Arab Emirates 3 1 2 0 0 24 February 2020 21 August 2022

See also

References

  1. ^ "ICC Rankings". International Cricket Council.
  2. ^ "T20I matches - Team records". ESPNcricinfo.
  3. ^ "T20I matches - 2022 Team records". ESPNcricinfo.
  4. ^ a b Kuwait at CricketArchive
  5. ^ Other matches played by Kuwait Archived 2 September 2018 at the Wayback Machine – CricketArchive. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  6. ^ Kuwait name former South Africa opener Gibbs as new head coach
  7. ^ Achievements Archived 2 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine at official website
  8. ^ 2000 ACC Trophy Archived 22 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine at CricketEurope
  9. ^ 2002 ACC Trophy at CricketEurope
  10. ^ Asian qualifying for the 2005 ICC Trophy Archived 6 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine at the 2005 ICC Trophy official website
  11. ^ Scorecard of Cayman Islands v Kuwait, 27 February 2005 at CricketArchive
  12. ^ Points Table for 2006 ACC Middle East Cup at CricketArchive
  13. ^ 2006 ACC Trophy Archived 11 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine at CricketEurope
  14. ^ 2007 ACC Twenty20 Cup at CricketEurope
  15. ^ Cricinfo, Accessed May 8 2011
  16. ^ Cricinfo, Accessed May 8 2011
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 September 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2014.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  18. ^ "All T20 matches between ICC members to get international status". International Cricket Council. 26 April 2018. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  19. ^ "ACC Western Region T20 2019: RESULTS".
  20. ^ a b "Records / Kuwait / Twenty20 Internationals / Result summary". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 17 August 2022.
  21. ^ "Records / Kuwait / Twenty20 Internationals / Highest totals". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  22. ^ "Records / Kuwait / Twenty20 Internationals / High scores". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  23. ^ "Records / Kuwait / Twenty20 Internationals / Best bowling figures". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  24. ^ "Records / Kuwait / Twenty20 Internationals / Most runs". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  25. ^ "Records / Kuwait / Twenty20 Internationals / Most wickets". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 May 2019.