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Kuwait national cricket team


Kuwait national cricket team

ICC membership granted 1998
ICC member status Associate Member
ICC development region Asia
World Cricket League division N/A
Captain Mahmood Bastaki
Coach Sameer Desai
First recorded match 15 November 2000 v Singapore at Dubai (Note: The Kuwait Under 17 team played a match earlier in the year)
As of 16 September 2014

The Kuwait national cricket team is the team that represents the country of Kuwait in international cricket matches. They have been an associate member of the International Cricket Council since 2005, having previously been an affiliate member since 1998.[1] They are currently ranked at ninth amongst non-test teams in Asia.[2]


  • History 1
    • 21st century 1.1
      • 2000 - 2009 1.1.1
      • 2010 - present 1.1.2
  • Tournament history 2
    • ACC Trophy 2.1
    • ACC Twenty20 Cup 2.2
    • World Cricket League 2.3
    • Asian Games 2.4
  • Records and Statistics 3
    • Highest scores 3.1
    • Best bowling figures 3.2
  • Current squad 4
  • Future tournaments 5
  • References 6


The Kuwait Cricket Association was formed in 1996[3] and they became an affiliate member of the ICC two years later.[1]

21st century

2000 - 2009

They participated in the ACC Trophy for the first time in 2000, but couldn't progress beyond the first round,[4] a performance they repeated in the 2002 tournament.[5]

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[6] in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in which they finished sixth after losing to the Cayman Islands in a play-off.[7]

In February 2006, Kuwait finished third out of five teams when they hosted the ACC Middle East Cup.[8] 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.[9]

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.[10]

2010 - present

Kuwait has participated in three World Cricket League tournaments, hosting and winning Division Eight in 2010;[11] winning Division Seven in Botswana in May 2011;[12] 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.[13]

Tournament history

ACC Trophy

ACC Twenty20 Cup

World Cricket League

Asian Games

Records and Statistics

Statistics from Kuwait in World Cricket League matches and ACC Events

Highest scores

Mohammad Irfan – 129* vs Saudi Arabia at Kallang Ground, Singapore on 13 June 2014

Irfan Bhatti – 111 vs Vanuatu at KOCH Ground, Ahmadi City on 7 November 2010

Hisham Mirza – 111 vs Vanuatu at KOCH Ground, Ahmadi City on 7 November 2010

Mohammad Ahsan – 91* vs Singapore at Kinrara Academy Oval, Kuala Lumpur on 26 July 2008

Khalid Butt – 85* vs Bhutan at DEC Ground, Kuwait City on 7 April 2010

Best bowling figures

Saad Khalid – 6/12 vs Bhutan at Sulabiya Ground, Kuwait City on 9 November 2010

Mohammad Murad – 6/39 vs Norway at BCA Oval No. 2, Gaborone on 2 May 2011

Mohammad Murad – 5/15 vs Zambia at DEC Ground, Kuwait City on 11 November 2010

Saad Khalid – 5/24 vs Nigeria at Lobatse Cricket Ground, Lobatse on 4 May 2011

Saad Khalid – 5/26 vs Bahrain at The Padang, Singapore on 7 June 2014

Suad Qamar – 5/28 vs Germany at KOCH Ground, Ahmadi City on 12 November 2010

Sibtain Raza – 5/55 vs Qatar at Bayuemas Oval, Kuala Lumpur on 29 July 2008

Shahrukh Quddus – 5/59 vs Nigeria at Grainville, St. Saviour on 22 July 2013

Current squad

The following list contains the final 15 players in Kuwait's squad for the 2014 Asian Games:
  • Mahmood Bastaki (c)
  • Ebrahim Al Dhabyan
  • Abdulrahman Al Kandri
  • Faleh Al Nadi
  • Mohammad Al Qallaf
  • Yousef Al Zaid
  • Abdullah Bastaki
  • Fahad Bastaki
  • Tareq Beides
  • Ali Boushehri
  • Abdulrahman Dashti
  • Mohammed Kandari
  • Ali Zeinal
  • Jassim Essa
  • Mohammed Al Otaibi

Future tournaments


  1. ^ a b Kuwait at CricketArchive
  2. ^ ICC's one-day rankings
  3. ^ Achievements at official website
  4. ^ 2000 ACC Trophy at CricketEurope
  5. ^ 2002 ACC Trophy at CricketEurope
  6. ^ Asian qualifying for the 2005 ICC Trophy at the 2005 ICC Trophy official website
  7. ^ Scorecard of Cayman Islands v Kuwait, 27 February 2005 at CricketArchive
  8. ^ Points Table for 2006 ACC Middle East Cup at CricketArchive
  9. ^ 2006 ACC Trophy at CricketEurope
  10. ^ 2007 ACC Twenty20 Cup at CricketEurope
  11. ^ Cricinfo, Accessed May 8 2011
  12. ^ Cricinfo, Accessed May 8 2011
  13. ^
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