Oman national cricket team

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 2022, after they beat tournament hosts Namibia by four wickets in 2019 ICC World Cricket League Division Two. [6]

Oman
AssociationOman Cricket Board
Personnel
CaptainZeeshan Maqsood
CoachSri Lanka Duleep Mendis
International Cricket Council
ICC statusAssociate Member with ODI status (2014)
ICC regionAsia
ICC Rankings Current [1] Best-ever
ODI 16th 15th
T20I 17th 14th (20-Oct-2019)
One Day Internationals
First ODIv.  Namibia at Wanderers Cricket Ground, Windhoek; 27 April 2019
Last ODIv.  Papua New Guinea at Mannofield Park, Aberdeen; 21 August 2019
ODIs Played Won/Lost
Total [2] 5 3/2
(0 ties, 0 no result)
This year [3] 5 3/2
(0 ties, 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.  Scotland at ICC Academy Ground, Dubai; 31 October 2019
T20Is Played Won/Lost
Total [4] 33 14/18
(0 ties, 1 no result)
This year [5] 16 9/7
(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)
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T20I kit

As of 18 November 2019

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.

HistoryEdit

Early years and ICC MembershipEdit

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 aftermathEdit

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.

2007–2013Edit

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 statusEdit

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 in history along with United States until 2022. [15]

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 groundsEdit

Locations of all stadiums which have hosted international cricket matches within Oman

Tournament historyEdit

ICC Trophy/ICC Cricket World Cup QualifierEdit

  • 1979 to 1997: Not eligible – not an ICC Member
  • 2001: Not eligible – ICC Affiliate Member
  • 2005: 9th place
  • 2009: 11th place
  • 2014: Did not qualify
  • 2018: Did not qualify
  • 2022: TBD

ICC T20 World CupEdit

ICC T20 World Cup
Year Round Position GP W L T NR
  2007 Did not qualify
  2009 Did not qualify
  2010 Did not qualify
  2012 Did not qualify
  2014 Did not qualify
  2016 Group Stage 13/16 3 1 1 0 1
  2020 Qualified
Total 0 Titles 13/16 3 1 1 0 1

ICC T20 World Cup QualifierEdit

ICC World Cricket LeagueEdit

ACC TrophyEdit

ACC Twenty20 CupEdit

Asian GamesEdit

  • 2010: Qualified – did not participate
  • 2014: Did not participate

Desert T20 ChallengeEdit

PlayersEdit

Coaching staffEdit

Records and statisticsEdit

International match summary — Oman[19][20]

Last updated 31 October 2019
Playing record
Format M W L T NR Inaugural match
One-Day Internationals 5 3 2 0 0 27 April 2019
Twenty20 Internationals 33 14 18 0 1 25 July 2015

One-Day InternationalsEdit

ODI record versus other nations[19]

Records complete to ODI #4204. Last updated 21 August 2019.

Opponent M W L T NR First match First win
  Namibia 1 0 1 0 0 27 April 2019
  Papua New Guinea 2 2 0 0 0 14 August 2019 14 August 2019
  Scotland 2 1 1 0 0 15 August 2019 15 August 2019

Twenty20 InternationalsEdit

T20I record versus other nations[20]

Records complete to T20I #991. Last updated 31 October 2019.

Opponent M W L T NR First match First win
v. Test nations
  Afghanistan 5 0 5 0 0 25 July 2015
  Bangladesh 1 0 1 0 0 13 March 2016
  Ireland 4 2 2 0 0 9 March 2016 9 March 2016
v. Associate Members
  Canada 1 1 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
  Namibia 1 0 1 0 0 29 October 2019
    Nepal 1 1 0 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
  Scotland 3 0 3 0 0 19 January 2017
  United Arab Emirates 3 1 2 0 0 22 November 2015 18 October 2019

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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