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France national cricket team

ICC membership granted 1987
ICC member status Associate member
ICC development region Europe
World Cricket League division n/a
Captain Arun Ayyavooraju
Coach Valentin Brumant
Shabir Hussain
First recorded match 19 August 1900 v Great Britain at Paris, 1900 Summer Olympics
ICC World Cup Qualifier
Appearances 1 (First in 2001)
Best result First round, 2001
As of 14 October 2007

The France national cricket team is the team that represents the country of France in international cricket matches. They became an associate member of the International Cricket Council in 1998, having previously been an affiliate member since 1987.[1] They won Silver medal in the 1900 Olympic Games. They are currently the tenth ranked team in Europe in 50 over cricket, and ninth in Twenty20.[2]


  • History 1
    • Early years 1.1
    • Olympic Games 1.2
    • The modern era 1.3
    • Tournament history 1.4
      • ICC Trophy 1.4.1
      • European Championship 1.4.2
  • Players 2
    • Other players 2.1
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Early years

One of the many theories about the origin of cricket is that France could be a possible birthplace of the game. A mention of a bat and ball game called "criquet" in a village of the Pas-de-Calais occurs in a French manuscript of 1478, and the word "criquet" is an old French word meaning "post" or "wicket".[3] However, it is equally possible that this could be an early variant of croquet. It must be remembered that most of France during the 14th and 15th centuries was under English occupation in the Hundred Years War and so any cricket references in France at this time are probably due to the game having been introduced to France by the English occupiers.[4]

Horace Walpole, son of former British Prime Minister Robert Walpole mentioned seeing cricket in Paris in 1766.[3]

The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) were due to make the first ever international cricket tour of France, in 1789, however this was cancelled due to the French Revolution. This match was finally played in 1989, as part of the bicentennial celebrations of the revolution, with France beating the MCC by 7 wickets.[5]

The first documented match took place in the Bois de Boulogne between Paris Cricket Club and Warwickshire Knickerbockers in 1864. Paris Cricket Club published a book explaining the game the following year.[3]

Olympic Games

The one and only appearance for cricket at the Olympic Games took place in 1900, with the French team losing the only match played, and thus remaining the reigning silver medal holders to this day. The French team however, consisted solely of British residents in Paris, members of the Standard Athletic Club.[6] The Standard Athletic Club restaged the 1900 Olympic Cricket match in 1987, and France played the MCC in Meudon in 1989.

In 1910, France took part in an exhibition tournament in Brussels, also involving the MCC, the Netherlands and Belgium. They played one game, against the Netherlands, winning by 63 runs.[7]

The modern era

Many cricket clubs folded after the Second World War, but an influx of English and Asian immigrants led to a resurgence of the game in the early 1980s.[3] The current French Cricket Association was formed in 1987, and they gained Affiliate membership of the ICC the same year.[1]

After the win in the 1989 match mentioned above, there were a handful of tours from English county teams, and France toured Austria in 1996, losing both matches against the national team.[8] In 1997, they played in the European Nations Cup in Zuoz, Switzerland,[9] winning after beating Germany by one run in the final.[10] This match was included in the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack list of 100 best matches of the 20th century as David Bordes ran the winning leg bye with a fractured skull.[11]

They played in the European Championship in the Netherlands in 1998, finishing eighth after losing to Germany in a play-off.[12] They became an associate member of the ICC the same year.[1] They finished third in Division Two of the 2000 European Championship.[13]

France played their only ICC Trophy in the 2001 tournament in Canada, though they did not progress beyond the first round.[14] The following year, they finished fifth in Division Two of the European Championships,[15] and finished as runners up in the 2004 tournament.[16] They finished sixth in the 2006 tournament after losing a play-off to Guernsey.[17]

In 2008, France finished fourth in Division 2 of the European Championship. In 2010, France finished third in the same competition, narrowly missing out on qualification for the 2010 ICC World Cricket League Division Eight. In 2011, they finished sixth in the ICC Europe Division 1 T20 Championship after losing the fifth place play-off match to Norway. In 2012, they finished second in the ICC European World Cricket League 8 Qualifier, held in La Manga, Spain; again missing out on qualification for Division 8 of the World Cricket League.

Tournament history

ICC Trophy

  • 1979 to 1986 inclusive: Not eligible – Not an ICC member[1]
  • 1990 to 1997 inclusive: Not eligible – ICC affiliate member[1]
  • 2001: First round[14]
  • 2005: Did not qualify[18]

European Championship

  • 1998: 8th place[12]
  • 2000: 3rd place (Division Two)[13]
  • 2002: 5th place (Division Two)[15]
  • 2004: 2nd place (Division Two)[16]
  • 2006: 6th place (Division Two)[17]
  • 2008: 4th place (Division Two)
  • 2010: 3rd place (Division Two)
  • 2011: 6th place (Division One, T20)
  • 2013: 5th place (Division One, T20)


The French squad from 2014 is as follows:[19]

Name Age Batting style Bowling style Domestic team
Valentin Brumant 48 N/A N/A N/A
Shabir Hussain N/A N/A N/A N/A
ODI & Twenty20 captain; opening batsman
Arun Ayyavooraju 28 Right-handed Right-arm off break Balbyniens 93
Hamza Niaz 19 Right-handed Right-arm medium Dreux Sport
Robin Murphy 23 Right-handed Right-arm medium Catus
Wassim Bhatti 35 Right-handed N/A Paris Université Club
William Singh 25 Left-handed Left-arm off break Paris Université Club
Komalan Thavalingam 29 Right-handed Right-arm medium Balbyniens 93
Usman Khan 24 Right-handed Right-arm medium Paris Université Club
Arslan Khan 29 Right-handed Right-arm leg break FGK Gonesse
Zafar Iqbal 31 Right-handed Right-arm leg break Creil
Pace bowlers
Donald Mariathas 23 Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Northern
Ramiz Ihsan 26 Right-handed Right-arm medium Dreux Sport
Saravana Kumar Durairaj 30 Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Balbyniens 93
Zain Zahir 21 Right-handed Right-arm medium Dreux Sport
Spin bowler
Zika Ali 20 Right-handed Right-arm leg break Paris Université Club

Other players

The following French national team players have played first-class or List A cricket:


  1. ^ a b c d e France at Cricket Archive
  2. ^ ICC's one-day rankings
  3. ^ a b c d A brief history of cricket in France
  4. ^ From Lads to Lord's – 1337
  5. ^ Scorecard of France v MCC, 24 September 1989 at Cricket Archive
  6. ^ The ignorant Olympians by Martin Williamson, 14 August 2004 at Cricinfo
  7. ^ Scorecard of France v Netherlands, 26 June 1910 at Cricinfo
  8. ^ France in Austria, 1996 at Cricket Archive
  9. ^ 1997 European Nations Cup at Cricket Archive
  10. ^ Scorecard of France v Germany, 23 August 1997 at Cricket Archive
  11. ^ A hundred matches of the century, 2000 Wisden Cricketers' Almanack
  12. ^ a b 1998 European Championship at CricketEurope
  13. ^ a b 2000 European Championship at CricketEurope
  14. ^ a b 2001 ICC Trophy at CricketEurope
  15. ^ a b Tables and results for the 2002 European Championship at the tournament's official site
  16. ^ a b 2004 European Championships Division Two at the European Cricket Council website
  17. ^ a b 2006 European Championship Division Two at CricketEurope
  18. ^ 2005 ICC Trophy at Cricket Archive
  19. ^ (French) [1] at
  20. ^ Simon Hewitt at Cricket Archive
  21. ^ David Holt at Cricket Archive
  22. ^ Paul Wakefield at Cricket Archive

External links

  • Official site
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