France national cricket team

Association France Cricket
ICC status Affiliate member (1987)
Associate member (1998)
ICC region ICC Europe
WCL n/a (regional tournaments)
Coach NetherlandsTim de Leede
Captain Arun Ayyavooraju
First international
France France v. Great Britain United Kingdom
(Paris; 19 August 1900)
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] The country is best known for winning the silver medal in the cricket event at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris, the only time cricket has been held at the Olympics. France now plays most of its matches in European Cricket Council (ECC) tournaments, although the team also appeared at the 2001 ICC Trophy.


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".[2] 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.[3]

Horace Walpole, son of former British Prime Minister Robert Walpole mentioned seeing cricket in Paris in 1766.[2]

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.[4]

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.[2]

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.[5] 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.[6]

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.[2] 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.[7] In 1997, they played in the European Nations Cup in Zuoz, Switzerland,[8] winning after beating Germany by one run in the final.[9] 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.[10]

They played in the European Championship in the Netherlands in 1998, finishing eighth after losing to Germany in a play-off.[11] They became an associate member of the ICC the same year.[1] They finished third in Division Two of the 2000 European Championship.[12]

France played their only ICC Trophy in the 2001 tournament in Canada, though they did not progress beyond the first round.[13] The following year, they finished fifth in Division Two of the European Championships,[14] and finished as runners up in the 2004 tournament.[15] They finished sixth in the 2006 tournament after losing a play-off to Guernsey.[16]

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

European Championship


The French squad from 2014 is as follows:[18]

Name Age Batting style Bowling style Domestic team
Tim de Leede 48 N/A N/A N/A
Shabir Hussain 51 N/A N/A N/A
ODI & Twenty20 captain; opening batsman
Arun Ayyavooraju 30 Right-handed Right-arm off break Balbyniens 93
Andy Walkden 21 Right-handed Right-arm Military medium Syria U21
Robin Murphy 25 Right-handed Right-arm medium Catus
Praneeth Jangili 34 Right-handed Right-arm medium Francilien
Deva Amirdalingame 27 Right-handed Right-arm leg break Grigny
Atif Zahir 41 Right-handed Right-arm medium Dreux Sport
Waseem Bhatti 37 Right-handed N/A Paris Université Club
Lucien Calkin 18 Right-handed N/A Midi
Chamara Rupaningal 37 Left-handed N/A USCA
William Singh 27 Left-handed Left-arm off break Paris Université Club
Komalan Thavalingam 31 Right-handed Right-arm medium Balbyniens 93
Usman Khan 26 Right-handed Right-arm medium Paris Université Club
Arslan Khan 30 Right-handed Right-arm leg break FGK Gonesse
Zafar Iqbal 33 Right-handed Right-arm leg break Creil
Chetan Chauhan 33 Left-handed Right-arm off break Balbyniens 93
Shahid Malik 34 Right-handed Right-arm slow Paris Université Club
Kismatullah Surate 24 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Lisses
Pace bowlers
Donald Mariathas 25 Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Northern
Ramiz Ihsan 28 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Dreux Sport
Saravana Kumar Durairaj 32 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Balbyniens 93
Zain Zahir 24 Right-handed Right-arm medium Dreux Sport
Tom Liddiard 24 Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Paris Université Club
James Dawkins 21 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Toulouse
Praveenkumar Durairaju 28 Left-handed Left-arm medium Aulnay
Haq Nawaz Chadhar 26 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Lisses
Spin bowler
Zika Ali 22 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. 1 2 3 4 5 France at Cricket Archive
  2. 1 2 3 4 A brief history of cricket in France
  3. From Lads to Lord's – 1337
  4. Scorecard of France v MCC, 24 September 1989 at Cricket Archive
  5. The ignorant Olympians by Martin Williamson, 14 August 2004 at Cricinfo
  6. Scorecard of France v Netherlands, 26 June 1910 at Cricinfo
  7. France in Austria, 1996 at Cricket Archive
  8. 1997 European Nations Cup at Cricket Archive
  9. Scorecard of France v Germany, 23 August 1997 at Cricket Archive
  10. A hundred matches of the century, 2000 Wisden Cricketers' Almanack
  11. 1 2 1998 European Championship at CricketEurope
  12. 1 2 2000 European Championship at CricketEurope
  13. 1 2 2001 ICC Trophy at CricketEurope
  14. 1 2 Tables and results for the 2002 European Championship at the tournament's official site
  15. 1 2 2004 European Championships Division Two at the European Cricket Council website
  16. 1 2 2006 European Championship Division Two at CricketEurope
  17. 2005 ICC Trophy at Cricket Archive
  18. (French) at
  19. Waseem Bhatti at Cricket Archive
  20. Simon Hewitt at Cricket Archive
  21. David Holt at Cricket Archive
  22. Paul Wakefield at Cricket Archive
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