Iran Cricket

Iran National Cricket Team Guide

The Iran national cricket team represents Iran in international cricket. They became an affiliate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2003 and an associate member in 2017. 

History of Iran National Cricket Team

The history of the Iran national cricket team dates back to the 1920s and 1930s, introduced by the British working in the oil industry. However, cricket ceased in Iran in 1951 with the nationalisation of the oil industry and was reintroduced in the early 1990s by Iranians who had studied abroad.

Cricket in Iran saw a revival in the early 1990s, leading to the establishment of men’s and women’s cricket leagues in 2014. Iran’s international debut came at the 2004 ACC Trophy against the Bhutan cricket team, and they have since competed in various tournaments, including the ACC Trophy Challenge and the ACC Western Region T20.

Top Run Scorers In Iran National Cricket Team History

Shirmohammad Baloochnezhad and Nariman Bakhtiar were two of the first to surpass 400 runs for the Iran national cricket team, with this being a testament to their skill at the crease.

Memorable Games For The Iran National Cricket Team

One of the most notable games for the Iran national cricket team was their T20I debut in February 2020 against the UAE cricket team. Batting first, they managed to score 61 runs despite conceding 6 wickets. In return, the much higher ranked UAE cricket side scored 62 runs in just 5.3 overs, not having any of their batters bowled out. Although this was a landslide defeat for the Iran national cricket team, it still acted as a marker for the country’s progression within the sport.

Rivals Of The Iran National Cricket Team

While the Iran team doesn’t have any serious rivalries, they’ve played a number of games against the Kuwait cricket team and the Saudi Arabia cricket team.