Cook Islands Cricket

Cook Islands Cricket Team Guide

The Cook Islands cricket team represents the Cook Islands in international cricket. The team is organized by the Cook Islands Cricket Association, which became an affiliate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2000 and an associate member in 2017.

History of Cook Islands Cricket Team

The Cook Islands’ cricket history began with their first international tournament at the 2001 Pacifica Cup in New Zealand. They have participated in ICC East Asia-Pacific tournaments and narrowly missed out on qualifying for the World Cricket League in 2006 after finishing second to the Fiji cricket team. However, they did win a bronze medal at the 2003 South Pacific Games.

Former Captains Of The Cook Islands Cricket Team

Ma’ara Ave is a cricketer from the Cook Islands who has made a significant impact in his international career, which spanned the year 2022. Born on July 6, 1998, in Wellington, Ma’ara Ave is a right-hand batsman and also plays as a wicketkeeper. He has played for teams such as the Cook Islands cricket team as well as various Central Districts. His T20I debut was against the Samoa cricket team on September 9, 2022, leading his nation out in a milestone match due it being their first ever official T20I match.

Memorable Games For The Cook Islands Cricket Team

One of the memorable moments for the team includes playing against the Tāmaki Makaurau Tāne, an all-Māori squad, in September 2022. This was right before participating in the T-20 Cricket World Cup East Asia Pacific Sub-Regional Qualifying Tournament in Vanuatu where they came third.

Rivals Of The Cook Islands Cricket Team

While the Cook Islands don’t have any specific rivals, they’ve played a number of games against the Fiji cricket team and Vanuatu cricket team, two other island nations located in Oceania.