|Association||Malaysian Cricket Association|
|International Cricket Council|
|ICC status||Associate member (1967)|
|One Day Internationals|
|World Cup Qualifier appearances||7 (first in 1979)|
|Best result||Plate competition, 1990 and 1994|
|First T20I||v Thailand at Kinrara Oval, Kuala Lumpur; 24 June 2019|
|Last T20I||v Thailand at Bayuemas Oval, Malaysia; 1 August 2023|
|As of 1 August 2023|
The Malaysia national cricket team represents the country of Malaysia in international cricket matches. They have been an associate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) since 1967.
Cricket has been played in what is now Malaysia since the 1880s. Various teams represented Malaya, the Federated Malay States and the Straits Settlements, formed in 1884 by the British, Royal Selangor Club (RSC) is the first cricket club founded in present Malaysia (locally called a padang also in Singapore e.g. Padang, Singapore). The Singapore Cricket Club, a former affiliate of the Malayan Cricket Association, is the oldest cricket club in the region (founded in 1852).
The first recorded match was between Selangor and Malacca in 1887. The Selangor-Singapore series was played in 1891. Cricket in Johor was played in the early 20th century, but the first recorded cricketing event is the visit of the Australian team led by C. G. Macartney in 1927. Penang is another historical cricket venue in Malaysia where cricket has been played from British times. The Penang Sports Club was established in the early 1900s. On 6 June 1927 Malaya beat Australia by 39 runs to make history. Lall Singh became the first Malaysia born test player (played for India in their debut Test at Lord's against England in 1932).
After World War II, cricket grew in popularity, leading to the founding of the Malayan Cricket Association (MCA) in 1948. Regional cricket associations like Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore joined and in 1963, the MCA was renamed the Malaysian Cricket Association. In 1965, the independence of Singapore led its association to leave the MCA.
The first team to represent Malaysia was in 1970, three years after the MCA became an ICC associate member, when it played an MCC side captained by Tony Lewis in a two-day match, losing by 230 runs. The same year, Malaysia played the first Saudara Cup match against Singapore, drawing the three-day match.
The Saudara Cup match continued annually, and in 1979 Malaysia participated in the first ICC Trophy, failing to progress beyond the first round, a performance they repeated in 1982 and 1986. They reached the plate competition in 1990 and 1994.
The first Stan Nagaiah Trophy was played in Singapore in February 1995 with Singapore beating Malaysia 2–1 in the three match one-day series. After winning the Stan Nagaiah Trophy and drawing the Saudara Cup match in 1996 Malaysia hosted the first ACC Trophy tournament, finishing third in their first round group.
Malaysia began to host major international tournaments in 1997, starting with the 1997 ICC Trophy in which Malaysia finished 16th after losing a play-off to Namibia. They played one season in Pakistani domestic cricket in 1998, losing all four of their preliminary round matches. Cricket made its first and, to date, only appearance in the Commonwealth Games later that year, with Malaysia hosting that year's games. The cricket tournament saw Malaysia participate as hosts though they lost all three of their first round matches. They reached the final of the ACC Trophy that same year, losing to Bangladesh.
In 2000, Malaysia reached the semi-final of the ACC Trophy before losing to hosts the UAE. They failed to progress beyond the first round of the 2001 ICC Trophy and lost to Nepal in the semi-finals of the 2002 ACC Trophy.
Malaysia played their first first-class matches in 2004 as part of that year's ICC Intercontinental Cup. They lost to both Nepal and the UAE and failed to reach the semi-final stage of the tournament. Malaysia hosted the ACC Trophy in 2004, which was the first stage of qualification for the 2005 ICC Trophy and the 2007 World Cup, finishing joint seventh with Bhutan. They finished last in the ACC Fast Track Countries Tournament in 2004, thus failing to qualify for the 2005 ICC Intercontinental Cup. They played in the tournament again in 2005, this time finishing third.
In 2006, Malaysia competed in the ACC Premier League, finishing fourth. They again hosted the ACC Trophy that year, again finishing seventh after beating Qatar in a play-off.
Malaysia have played in the ACC Twenty20 Cup thrice. They did not win a match in 2007 but finished seventh in 2009 after winning 3 Group B matches and a positional playoff against Saudi Arabia.
In 2011, they finished sixth after winning 4 Group A matches and losing a positional playoff against UAE.
In August 2017, Malaysia won two medals in cricket at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games. They won the gold medal in the 50-over tournament and the silver medal in the 20-over tournament.
In April 2018, the ICC decided to grant full Twenty20 International (T20I) status to all its members. Therefore, all Twenty20 matches played between Malaysia and other ICC members after 1 January 2019 will be a full T20I.
Malaysia played their first T20I on 24 June against Thailand during the 2019 Malaysia Tri-Nation Series.
24 June 2019
113/8 (20 overs)
114/5 (17 overs)
Naveed Pathan 37 (28)
Muhamad Syahadat 3/7 (4 overs)
After April 2019, Malaysia will play in the 2019–21 ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge League.
International Match Summary — Malaysia
Last updated 1 August 2023
|Twenty20 Internationals||60||36||21||1||2||24 June 2019|
Most T20I runs for Malaysia
Most T20I wickets for Malaysia
T20I record versus other nations
Records complete to T20I #2187. Last updated 1 August 2023.
|Opponent||M||W||L||T||NR||First match||First win|
|vs Associate Members|
|Bahrain||4||3||1||0||0||15 December 2022||15 December 2022|
|Bhutan||4||4||0||0||0||2 July 2022||2 July 2022|
|Cambodia||1||0||1||0||0||11 May 2023|
|China||1||1||0||0||0||26 July 2023||26 July 2023|
|Hong Kong||8||5||3||0||0||20 February 2020||20 February 2020|
|Indonesia||1||1||0||0||0||2 May 2023||2 May 2023|
|Kuwait||2||2||0||0||0||22 July 2019||22 July 2019|
|Maldives||4||3||0||0||1||25 June 2019||25 June 2019|
|Myanmar||1||1||0||0||0||30 July 2023||30 July 2023|
|Netherlands||2||0||1||1||0||18 April 2021|
|Nepal||8||1||7||0||0||13 July 2019||29 February 2020|
|Papua New Guinea||2||1||1||0||0||29 March 2022||29 March 2022|
|Qatar||3||1||1||0||1||27 July 2019||16 December 2022|
|Singapore||7||4||3||0||0||26 July 2019||29 June 2022|
|Thailand||7||7||0||0||0||24 June 2019||24 June 2019|
|Vanuatu||5||2||3||0||0||29 September 2019||2 October 2019|
Performances by Malaysian cricketers in World Cricket League matches and ACC Premier League matches, as of 29 June 2014
|Notable former players|
Nasir Shafiq – 151* vs Cayman Islands at Bayuemas Oval, Kuala Lumpur on 7 March 2014
Rakesh Madhavan - 129 vs Hong Kong at KOCU Ground, Ahmadi City on 9 April 2010
Suresh Navaratnam - 115 vs Nepal at KOCH Ground, Ahmadi City on 7 April 2010
Rakesh Madhavan – 115* vs Botswana at Kallang Ground, Singapore on 3 September 2009
Suhan Alagaratnam - 107 vs Singapore at Bayuemas Oval, Kuala Lumpur on 1 August 2008
Ahmed Faiz – 103 vs Guernsey at Kinrara Academy Ground, Kuala Lumpur on 10 March 2014
Rakesh Madhavan – 102* vs Tanzania at Selangor Turf Club, Kuala Lumpur on 9 September 2012
Rakesh Madhavan - 101 vs Saudi Arabia at Kinrara Academy Oval, Kuala Lumpur on 30 July 2008
Suhan Alagaratnam - 100 vs Saudi Arabia at Kinrara Academy Oval, Kuala Lumpur on 30 July 2008
5 wicket hauls
Dinesh Sockalingham - 6/39 vs U.A.E at Selangor Turf Club, Kuala Lumpur on 29 July 2008
Nazril Rahman - 5/18 vs Oman at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi on 6 October 2012
Anwar Rahman - 5/27 vs Maldives at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah on 7 October 2012
Eszrafiq Aziz – 5/36 vs Fiji at Kinrara Academy Oval, Kuala Lumpur on 20 September 2011
Hassan Mohammed – 5/49 vs Botswana at Kallang Ground, Singapore on 3 September 2009
Shahrulnizam Yusof - 5/49 vs Italy at Indian Association Ground, Singapore on 25 June 2014
Khizar Hayat – 5/62 vs Jersey at Kinrara Academy Ground, Kuala Lumpur on 13 March 2014
Scorer Manogaran Manickam—Ex-Malaysian Cricket Player and Scorer
This lists all the players who have played for Malaysia in the past 12 months or has been part of the latest One-day or T20I squad. Updated as of 23 December 2022.
|Name||Age||Batting style||Bowling style||Forms||Notes|
|Ahmad Faiz||35||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break||One-day & T20I||Captain|
|Virandeep Singh||24||Right-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox||One-day & T20I||Vice-captain|
|Zubaidi Zulkifle||23||Right-handed||Right-arm medium||One-day & T20I|
|Mohamed Arief||35||Right-handed||Right-arm medium||T20I|
|Syed Aziz||24||Left-handed||Right-arm medium||One-day & T20I|
|Sharvin Muniandy||27||Right-handed||Right-arm medium||One-day & T20I|
|Khizar Hayat||34||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||One-day & T20I|
|Muhammad Amir||22||Left-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox||One-day & T20I|
|Muhamad Syahadat||29||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||One-day & T20I|
|Syed Rehmatullah||40||Right-handed||One-day & T20I|
|Pavandeep Singh||25||Right-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox||One-day & T20I|
|Vijay Unni||20||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||One-day & T20I|
|Anwar Rahman||27||Right-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox||T20I|
|Fitri Sham||29||Left-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox||T20I|
|Muhammad Wafiq||27||Left-handed||Left-arm medium-fast||One-day & T20I|
|Rizwan Haider||36||Right-handed||Left-arm medium-fast||One-day & T20I|
|Syazrul Idrus||32||Right-handed||Right-arm medium||One-day|