Vanuatu
Vanuatu Cricket Association logo.png
Nickname(s)n/a
AssociationVanuatu Cricket Association
Personnel
CaptainPatrick Matautaava
CoachJeremy Bray[1]
International Cricket Council
ICC statusAffiliate (1995)
Associate member (2009)
ICC regionEast Asia-Pacific
ICC Rankings Current[2] Best-ever
T20I 45th 44th (02 May 2022)
International cricket
First internationalNew Hebrides New Hebrides v. Fiji 
(Suva; 30 August 1979)
Twenty20 Internationals
First T20Iv  Papua New Guinea at Amini Park, Port Moresby; 22 March 2019
Last T20Iv  Cook Islands at Independence Park, Port Vila; 15 September 2022
T20Is Played Won/Lost
Total[3] 20 10/10
(0 ties, 0 no result)
This year[4] 6 5/1
(0 ties, 0 no result)
As of 15 September 2022

The Vanuatu national cricket team is the men's team that represents the Republic of Vanuatu in international cricket. The team is organised by the Vanuatu Cricket Association, which became an affiliate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 1995 and was promoted to associate status in 2009.[5] Vanuatu made its international debut at the 1979 Pacific Games, at which time the country was still known as the New Hebrides.[6] The majority of the team's matches have come against other members of the ICC East Asia-Pacific region, including both at ICC regional tournaments and at the cricket events at the Pacific Games.

Vanuatu entered the World Cricket League at the 2008 Division Five tournament. The team participated in the WCL system at the 2015 Division Six event, where it placed third.[7] Following the withdrawal of Suriname from the 2016 Division Five tournament, Vanuatu were named as their replacement.[8] After the abolition of the WCL, Vanuatu currently is part of the 2019–22 ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge League.

History

Vanuatu competed in the Pacifica Championships on the two occasions it was held, finishing seventh in 2001 and sixth in 2002. In 2005, they hosted the East Asia/Pacific Cricket Cup, finishing third in the six team competition, therefore missing out on qualification for the 2007 World Cup. At the East Asia – Pacific Trophy in Auckland, New Zealand, in December 2007, Vanuatu finished second, therefore qualifying through to the World Cricket League Division Five in 2008. In the highly successful 2009 calendar year, Vanuatu defeated Fiji in two One-Day Series in Port Vila as well as claiming the prestigious 2009 ICC EAP Men's Cricket Trophy (Non-World Cricket League) held in Samoa, defeating the hosts in the final. At a junior level, Vanuatu has finished second to Papua New Guinea in the following competitions: East Asia – Pacific Under 15 Super 8s, Melbourne, Australia, 2005; East Asia – Pacific Under 15 Super 8s, Apia, Samoa, 2007; East Asia – Pacific Under 19 World Cup Qualifying Tournament, Port Vila, Vanuatu, 2007.

Vanuatu finished third in the 2010 ICC World Cricket League Division Eight in Kuwait. This means they stayed in that league for the 2012 competition.

2018–present

At the 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division Four tournament, Vanuatu recorded victories against Bermuda, a former ODI team, and Denmark, which has previously played as high as Division Two. However, they were still relegated to Division Five based on net run rate.[9]

In April 2018, the ICC decided to grant full Twenty20 International (T20I) status to all its members. Therefore, all Twenty20 matches played between Vanuatu and other ICC members since 1 January 2019 has been a full T20I.[10]

Vanuatu made its Twenty20 International debut on 22 March 2019, losing to Papua New Guinea by 8 wickets in the 2018–19 ICC T20 World Cup East Asia-Pacific Qualifier at Amini Park, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

22 March 2019
13:45
Scorecard
Vanuatu 
124/6 (20 overs)
v
 Papua New Guinea
125/2 (15.2 overs)
Nalin Nipiko 53 (55)
Lega Siaka 2/7 (2 overs)
Tony Ura 65 (37)
Williamsing Nalisa 1/29 (4 overs)
Papua New Guinea won by 8 wickets
Amini Park, Port Moresby
Umpires: Tabarak Dar (HK) and Simon Fry (Aus)
Player of the match: Tony Ura (PNG)
  • Vanuatu won the toss and elected to bat.
  • First ever T20I match for Vanuatu.

After April 2019, Vanuatu played in the 2019–21 ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge League.[11]

In August 2019, Australian Clint McKay was appointed as the interim coach of the team, ahead of the 2019 Malaysia Cricket World Cup Challenge League A tournament.[1]

Tournament history

World Cricket League

EAP 50-over tournaments

EAP 20-over tournaments

Pacific Games

Records and Statistics

International Match Summary — Vanuatu[15]

Last updated 15 September 2022

Playing Record
Format M W L T NR Inaugural Match
Twenty20 Internationals 20 10 10 0 0 22 March 2019

Twenty20 International

T20I record versus other nations[15]

Opponent M W L T NR First match First win
vs Associate Members
 Cook Islands 2 1 1 0 0 11 September 2022 15 September 2022
 Fiji 2 2 0 0 0 9 September 2022 9 September 2022
 Malaysia 5 3 2 0 0 29 September 2019 29 September 2019
 Papua New Guinea 5 0 5 0 0 22 March 2019
 Philippines 2 1 1 0 0 23 March 2019 23 March 2019
 Samoa 4 3 1 0 0 9 July 2019 12 July 2019

Records complete to T20I #1775. Last updated 15 September 2022.

Coaching staff

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Jeremy Bray heads to Vanuatu". Emerging Cricket. Retrieved 14 January 2021.
  2. ^ "ICC Rankings". International Cricket Council.
  3. ^ "T20I matches - Team records". ESPNcricinfo.
  4. ^ "T20I matches - 2022 Team records". ESPNcricinfo.
  5. ^ Cricinfo "Vanuatu granted associate status" 6 July 2009 http://www.cricinfo.com/ci-icc/content/story/412973.html. Retrieved 6 July 2009
  6. ^ Other matches played by New Hebrides Archived 3 September 2018 at the Wayback Machine – CricketArchive. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  7. ^ Other matches played by Vanuatu Archived 19 September 2015 at the Wayback Machine – CricketArchive. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  8. ^ "Suriname withdrawal was sparked by Vanuatu appeal". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  9. ^ ICC World Cricket League Division Four Table - 2018
  10. ^ "All T20 matches between ICC members to get international status". International Cricket Council. 26 April 2018. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  11. ^ "All to play for in last ever World Cricket League tournament". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  12. ^ Suriname pull out of WCL Division 5
  13. ^ Victorious Vanuatu qualifies for World Cricket League Division 5
  14. ^ ESPNcricinfo
  15. ^ a b "Records / Vanuatu / Twenty20 Internationals / Result summary". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 15 September 2022.
  16. ^ "Records / Vanuatu / Twenty20 Internationals / Highest totals". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  17. ^ "Records / Vanuatu / Twenty20 Internationals / High scores". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  18. ^ "Records / Vanuatu / Twenty20 Internationals / Best bowling figures". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  19. ^ "Records / Vanuatu / Twenty20 Internationals / Most runs". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  20. ^ "Records / Vanuatu / Twenty20 Internationals / Most wickets". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 24 March 2019.