Kuwait national cricket team

Association Kuwait Cricket Association
ICC status Affiliate (1998)
Associate (2005)
ICC region Asian Cricket Council
WCL n/a (regional tournaments)
First international
Kuwait Kuwait v. Bahrain 
(Kuwait City; 30 October 1979)
As of 14 September 2015

The Kuwait national cricket team is the team that represents the country of Kuwait in international cricket matches. The team is organised by the Kuwait Cricket Association, which has been an associate member of the International Cricket Council since 2005, having previously been an affiliate member since 1998.[1] Kuwait made its international debut in 1979, but has only played regularly at international level since the early 2000s, appearing regularly in Asian Cricket Council tournaments since then. Beginning in the early 2010s, the side appeared in several World Cricket League events, although it was relegated back to regional level after the 2013 Division Six tournament.[2]


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 several 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

Sibtain Raza – 5/27 vs Maldives at Sharjah, United Arab Emirates on 27 January 2015

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 2015 ACC Twenty20 Cup:[14]


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