Bahrain Cricket

Bahrain Cricket Team Guide

The Bahrain cricket team is an associate member of the ICC, they are governed by the Bahrain Cricket Association (BCA). With their ICC status, the Bahrain cricket team can feature in some of the associations biggest competitions such as the ICC T20 World Cup, ICC Champions Trophy and ICC ODI World Cup.

History Of The Bahrain Cricket Team 

Cricket was introduced to Bahrain in the 1930’s by the British armed forces. The Bahrain cricket team first appeared in 1979 when they participated in a tournament featuring other gulf nations. They first appeared in the ACC (Asian Cricket council) trophy in 2004, they have also featured in the World Cricket League. In 2019, along with all other associate nations, the Bahrain cricket team was granted full T20 International status.

Where Does The Bahrain Cricket Team Play?

The oldest cricket venue in Bahrain is the Awali cricket club. This has been home to a number of the Bahrain cricket team’s home matches over the years.

Former Captains Of The Bahrain Cricket Team

All rounder Sarfaraz Ali has captained the Bahrain cricket team in more international matches than anyone else (25), with him being a top order batter and medium pace bowler. Adil Hanif was the first man to captain the Bahrain cricket team in a match officially recognised by the ICC as an international test in 2019.

Top Run Scorers In Bahrain Cricket Team History

Current skipper Sarfaraz Ali is the leading run scorer in international matches for the Bahrain cricket team. He’s scored 834 T20I runs with a top score of 69 not out.

Top Wicket Takers In Bahrain Cricket Team History

Imran Anwar has taken 40 T20I wickets for the Bahrain cricket team with his medium pace bowling, more than anyone else in the country’s brief cricketing history.

Memorable Games For The Bahrain Cricket Team

The first match classified by the ICC as a full international for the Bahrain cricket team was a T20 against Saudi Arabia in January 2019 at Al Amerat in Oman, with this ending in a comprehensive victory . Batting first, the Bahrain cricket team scored 176 for 4 with Imran Ali making 58 from 54 balls. Babar Ali took 2 for 18 as Bahrain were successful by 41 runs.

Recently, the Bahrain cricket team enjoyed a thrilling victory against Oman in the Gulf Cricket Championship in Doha by just one run. Imran Ali again top scored with the bat anchoring the innings with 44 from 55 balls as they stumbled to 123 for 7 from their 20 overs. It would take a good bowling performance to defend such a total. Rizwan Butt starred with the ball taking 4 for 26 as Oman struggled to keep up with the run rate. As the match entered the final over, Oman needed twelve to win but the game swung towards them when Naseem Khushi hit S Veerapathiran for six first ball, he was dismissed next ball and it came down to needing three from the final delivery of the match. Veerapathiran held his nerve as did fielders running out Shakeel Ahmed before he could complete a second run securing a one run victory for the Bahrain cricket team.

Rivals Of The Bahrain Cricket Team

The most regular opponents for the Bahrain cricket team are other associate nations in the Gulf region such as UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Saudi Arabia. Although they are not fierce rivals, there are often higly competitive matchups between these other countries.