Oman
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AssociationOman Cricket Board
Personnel
CaptainZeeshan Maqsood
CoachDuleep Mendis
International Cricket Council
ICC statusAssociate Member with ODI status (2014)
ICC regionAsia
ICC Rankings Current[1] Best-ever
ODI 17th 13th (01 May 2020)
T20I 18th 14th (20-Oct-2019)
One Day Internationals
First ODIv.  Namibia at Wanderers Cricket Ground, Windhoek; 27 April 2019
Last ODIv.    Nepal at Moosa Stadium, Pearland; 14 June 2022
ODIs Played Won/Lost
Total[2] 37 21/14
(1 tie, 1 no result)
This year[3] 16 7/8
(1 tie, 0 no result)
World Cup Qualifier appearances2 (first in 2005)
Best result9th (2005)
Twenty20 Internationals
First T20Iv.  Afghanistan at Castle Avenue, Dublin; 25 July 2015
Last T20Iv.    Nepal at Oman Cricket Academy Ground Turf 2, Muscat; 24 February 2022
T20Is Played Won/Lost
Total[4] 47 20/26
(0 ties, 1 no result)
This year[5] 8 3/5
(0 ties, 0 no result)
T20 World Cup appearances2 (first in 2016)
Best resultGroup stage (2016)
T20 World Cup Qualifier appearances2 (first in 2012)
Best result6th (2015, 2019)

ODI and T20I kit

As of 13 July 2022

The Oman national cricket team is the team that represents the country of Oman and is governed by the Oman Cricket Board, which became an Affiliate Member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2000, and gained Associate status in 2014. The national side has played matches at Twenty20 International level. On 24 April 2019, Oman achieved One-Day International status for the first time until 2023, after they beat tournament hosts Namibia by four wickets in 2019 ICC World Cricket League Division Two. [6]

Oman's first competitive matches came at the 2002 ACC Trophy, and the side has since participated in many Asian Cricket Council tournaments, finishing runner-up in the 2004 ACC Trophy and twice winning the ACC Twenty20 Cup. Oman has participated in ICC World Cup Qualifier without qualifying for the final tournament, placing ninth at the 2005 ICC Trophy and eleventh at the 2009 World Cup Qualifier. In July 2015, with their win against Namibia in the 2015 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, Oman gained Twenty20 International status and qualified for 2016 ICC World Twenty20 in India, its first major international tournament[7]

In April 2018, the ICC decided to grant full Twenty20 International (T20I) status to all its members. Therefore, all Twenty20 matches played between Oman and other ICC Members after 1 January 2019 will be a full T20I.[8]

Most cricket in Oman is played by expatriate Indians and Pakistanis (and their descendants), rather than by native Omanis – in 2010, only 100 of the 780 players in the national league were Arabs, or around 13 percent.[9] The composition of the Omani national side has generally reflected this, although several Arabs have appeared for the team. Quotas of Arab players have been introduced for both club teams and the national side, in order to boost cricket's popularity amongst the Arab population.

Compared to other Associate nations, Oman have been incredibly consistent and the quickest team in terms of rise in performance. The team had been participating in Division 5, against small teams like Tanzania, Nigeria just in 2016. They had also only become an associate member in 2014. But in just 4 years they have become an established ODI nation, and one of the strongest associate teams in cricket. They have also established themselves in T20Is, won through all divisions and participated in a World T20. It is an incredible achievement of doing all these difficult things in such a small span of time.

History

See also: Cricket in Oman

Early years and ICC Membership

Oman became an affiliate member of the ICC in 2000. Their senior international debut came at the 2002 ACC Trophy where they failed to progress beyond the first round, with their only win coming against Qatar. A huge improvement was shown in the 2004 tournament when they reached the final, where they lost against the United Arab Emirates. This qualified them for the 2005 ICC Trophy, the final qualification stage for the 2007 World Cup. It also qualified them for the Asia Cup in 2006. Later in 2004, they won the Middle East Cup after a tied game against Bahrain. They won the tournament as they beat Bahrain in the group stage. In the 2014 ACC Premier League in Malaysia they reached 4th place with three wins.

2005 ICC Trophy and aftermath

In 2005, Oman became the first affiliate member of the ICC to compete in the ICC Trophy. Despite being the mystery men of the tournament, they lost all their group games, but then won their play-off games against Uganda and the USA, the latter when they successfully chased down a mammoth target of 345, featuring an unbroken 127-run partnership for the eighth wicket. This gave them ninth place out of the twelve teams in the competition, enough to earn a place in Division Two of the ICC World Cricket League in 2007.

2006 saw a drop in form for Oman, as they were eliminated in the first round of the ACC Trophy, with their only win coming against the Maldives. As mentioned above, they were originally scheduled to participate in the Asia Cup in 2006, playing their first ODIs against Pakistan and India. However this tournament was postponed until 2008, and the ACC decided to use the 2006 ACC Trophy as a qualification tournament, meaning that Oman's place was taken by Hong Kong.

2007–2013

In October/November 2007, Oman took part in the inaugural ACC Twenty20 Cup held in Kuwait, where they played in Group A against; Afghanistan, Malaysia, Nepal and Qatar. Oman finished in the top two of their group and qualified for the semi-final stage. Oman beat Kuwait in their semi-final, then shared the tournament after the final match against Afghanistan was tied.

In November 2007, Oman travelled to Namibia to take part in Division Two of the ICC World Cricket League. They played Denmark, the hosts and the UAE in addition to the two qualifiers from Division Three; Uganda and Argentina. Although Oman won all their group matches, they lost to the UAE in the final. On the basis of their top four finish in this tournament, Oman qualified for the ICC World Cup Qualifier in 2009, the final tournament in qualification for the 2011 World Cup.

In January 2009, Oman participated in the ACC Cup, Challenge tournament in Chiang Mai, Thailand. They came first with ease, defeating the Maldives and Bhutan in the Semi finals and finals respectively. The fourth favourites to win the cup were hosts, Thailand who ended up in fourth place.

In April 2009, Oman travelled to South Africa to participate in the ICC World Cup Qualifier, the final tournament in qualification for the 2011 World Cup. During the tournament Oman finished last in their group and in the 11th place playoff they beat Denmark by 5 wickets.

In the 2009 ACC Twenty20 Cup, Oman were drawn in Group B. In the group stages of the competition it won all five of its games, finishing top of the group and qualifying for the semi-finals. In the semi-finals it lost to the United Arab Emirates, therefore missing out on a chance to win back-to-back titles. In the third place playoff, it defeated Kuwait. This victory enabled Oman to claim the final qualifying spot for the cricket tournament at the 2010 Asian Games. They played in 2011 ICC World Cricket League Division Three, where they came 3rd to remain in 2013 ICC World Cricket League Division Three.

2014 onwards: Associate Membership and ODI and T20I status

At the ICC Annual Conference, held in Melbourne, Australia, in June 2014, the Oman Cricket Board was upgraded from an affiliate member of the ICC to an associate member.[10] That announcement came during the 2014 WCL Division Four, where Oman placed fifth to be relegated to the 2016 Division Five event. Despite the team's poor performance in the 50-over format, Oman went on to win its next major international tournament, the 2015 ACC Twenty20 Cup, thus qualifying for 2015 World Twenty20 Qualifier in Ireland and Scotland.[11]

By defeating Namibia in a sudden-death match at the World Twenty20 Qualifier, Oman reached the top six teams at the tournament, thus qualifying for the 2016 World Twenty20 and gaining Twenty20 International status until at least 2019.[12] The team made its T20I debut in the fifth-place play-off against Afghanistan, and later in the year played bilateral T20I series against Afghanistan, Hong Kong, and United Arab Emirates.

25 July
10:00
Scorecard
Oman 
127/9 (20 overs)
v
 Afghanistan
130/5 (18.5 overs)
Khawar Ali 21 (26)
Dawlat Zadran 2/21 (4 overs)
Najibullah Zadran 44 (34)
Rajesh Ranpura 2/17 (4 overs)
Afghanistan won by 5 wickets
Clontarf Cricket Club Ground, Dublin
Umpires: Gregory Brathwaite (WI) and Anil Chaudhary (Ind)
Player of the match: Najibullah Zadran (Afg)

In 2016 Oman appeared at the 2016 World Twenty20 in India where they recorded an upset victory over Ireland.[13]

9 March
19:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
Ireland 
154/5 (20 overs)
v
 Oman
157/8 (19.4 overs)
Gary Wilson 38 (34)
Munis Ansari 3/37 (4 overs)
Zeeshan Maqsood 38 (33)
Andy McBrine 2/15 (3 overs)
Oman won by 2 wickets
Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamshala
Umpires: Chris Gaffaney (NZ) and Nigel Llong (Eng)
Player of the match: Amir Ali (Oman)
  • Ireland won the toss and elected to bat.
  • This was Oman's first victory in an ICC World T20 tournament.[13]

They also appeared at the 2016 Asia Cup Qualifier.[14]

In January 2017 Oman took part in the 2017 Desert T20 Challenge. They reached the semi-finals of the tournament by beating Hong Kong in the group stages, before being defeated by Afghanistan.

In April 2019, Oman gained ODI status for the first time, until at least 2022.[6]

27 April 2019
09:30
Scorecard
Namibia 
226/7 (50 overs)
v
 Oman
81 (29 overs)
Karl Birkenstock 61 (108)
Fayyaz Butt 2/28 (6 overs)
Suraj Kumar 27 (61)
Jan Frylinck 5/13 (8 overs)
Namibia won by 145 runs
Wanderers Cricket Ground, Windhoek
Umpires: David Odhiambo (Ken) and Claire Polosak (Aus)
Player of the match: Jan Frylinck (Nam)

International grounds

Oman national cricket team is located in Oman
Locations of all stadiums which have hosted international cricket matches within Oman

Current squad

Name Age Batting style Bowling style
Captain and All-rounder
Zeeshan Maqsood 34 Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Vice-captain and All-rounder
Khawar Ali 36 Right-handed Right-arm leg break
Batters
Jatinder Singh 33 Right-handed Right-arm off break
Sandeep Goud 30 Right-handed Right-arm medium
Kashyap Prajapati 26 Right-handed Right-arm off break
Khurram Nawaz 36 Right-handed
Pruthvikumar Macchi 27 Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
All-rounders
Ayaan Khan 29 Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Mohammad Nadeem 39 Right-handed Right-arm medium
Shoaib Khan 29 Right-handed Right-arm medium
Aqib Ilyas 29 Right-handed Right-arm off break
Right-arm leg break
Aamir Kaleem 40 Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Sufyan Mehmood 30 Left-handed Right-arm medium
Wicket-keepers
Naseem Khushi 39 Right-handed
Suraj Kumar 33 Right-handed
Spin Bowlers
Nester Dhamba 32 Right-handed Right-arm off break
Wasim Ali 23 Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Pace Bowlers
Bilal Khan 34 Left-handed Left-arm medium-fast
Kaleemullah 31 Right-handed Right-arm medium
Fayyaz Butt 28 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast

Coaching staff

Position Name
Team manager Oman Madhursinh Jesrani
Head coach Oman Mohammad Asif
Assistant coach Sri Lanka Ruwan Kalpage
Spin bowling coach India Ananth Rangaroo
Fast bowling coach India Aavishkar Salvi
Fielding coach Oman Mazhar Khan
Physiotherapist South Africa Sean Nowak
Trainer South Africa Everhardus Laubscher
Analyst Pakistan Zeeshan Siddique

Tournament history

ICC Trophy/ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier

ICC T20 World Cup

ICC T20 World Cup
Year Round Position GP W L T NR
South Africa 2007 Did not qualify
England 2009 Did not qualify
Cricket West Indies 2010 Did not qualify
Sri Lanka 2012 Did not qualify
Bangladesh 2014 Did not qualify
India 2016 Group Stage 13/16 3 1 1 0 1
United Arab EmiratesOman 2021 Group Stage 13/16 3 1 2 0 0
Australia 2022 Did not qualify
Total 0 Titles 6 2 3 0 1

ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier

ICC World Cricket League

ACC Trophy

ACC Twenty20 Cup

Asia Cup Qualifier

ACC Western Region T20

Asian Games

Desert T20 Challenge

Records and statistics

International match summary — Oman[16][17]

Last updated 14 June 2022

Playing record
Format M W L T NR Inaugural match
One-Day Internationals 37 21 14 1 1 27 April 2019
Twenty20 Internationals 47 20 26 0 1 25 July 2015

One-Day Internationals

ODI record versus other nations[16]

Records complete to ODI #4410. Last updated 14 June 2022.

Opponent M W L T NR First match First win
 Namibia 7 2 5 0 0 27 April 2019 27 November 2021
   Nepal 6 4 2 0 0 5 February 2020 5 February 2020
 Papua New Guinea 6 6 0 0 0 14 August 2019 14 August 2019
 Scotland 6 1 4 0 1 15 August 2019 15 August 2019
 United Arab Emirates 6 3 2 1 0 5 January 2020 5 January 2020
 United States 6 5 1 0 0 6 February 2020 6 February 2020

Twenty20 Internationals

T20I record versus other nations[17]

Records complete to T20I #1491. Last updated 24 February.

Opponent M W L T NR First match First win
v. Full Members
 Afghanistan 5 0 5 0 0 25 July 2015
 Bangladesh 2 0 2 0 0 13 March 2016
 Ireland 6 2 4 0 0 9 March 2016 9 March 2016
v. Associate Members
 Bahrain 1 1 0 0 0 23 February 2020 23 February 2020
 Canada 2 2 0 0 0 25 October 2019 25 October 2019
 Hong Kong 8 7 1 0 0 21 November 2015 21 November 2015
 Jersey 1 0 1 0 0 27 October 2019
 Maldives 1 1 0 0 0 25 February 2020 25 February 2020
 Namibia 1 0 1 0 0 29 October 2019
   Nepal 4 1 3 0 0 10 October 2019 10 October 2019
 Netherlands 4 1 2 0 1 11 March 2016 9 October 2019
 Nigeria 1 1 0 0 0 23 October 2019 23 October 2019
 Papua New Guinea 1 1 0 0 0 17 October 2021 17 October 2021
 Philippines 1 1 0 0 0 21 February 2022 21 February 2022
 Qatar 1 0 1 0 0 24 February 2020
 Scotland 4 0 4 0 0 19 January 2017
 United Arab Emirates 4 2 2 0 0 22 November 2015 18 October 2019

See also

Notes

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