Norway Cricket

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Norway Cricket Team Guide

The Norway cricket team is an International Cricket Council associate member and is governed by the Norwegian Cricket Board. The nation has a relatively recent history in terms of cricket, like many other European international cricket teams, but has been establishing itself since the turn of the millennia.

History of Norway Cricket Team

A group of Asian immigrants were the first to organise cricket in Norway, with this simple action quickly growing to over 50 clubs since the 1960s. The Norway cricket team became an affiliate member of the ICC in 2000 and competed in various European tournaments throughout the early 2000s, actually winning two in 2000 and 2005. The nation became an associate member in 2017 and 1 year later was granted T20 International membership.

Top Run Scorers In Norway Cricket Team History

After making his debut in 2006, Muhammad Butt was the first player to surpass 1000 runs for the Norway cricket team. In his 6-year stint between 2006 and 2012, Shahid Ahmed was another notable batter for the Norway cricket team, hitting over 800 runs and also being the first to hit a century for Norway.

Top Wicket Takers In Norway Cricket Team History

Slow left-arm orthodox bowler Raza Iqbal was the first player for the Norway cricket team to surpass 700 runs after making his debut in 2015, also being the first player to record multiple 5-wicket games for his nation.

Memorable Games For The Norway Cricket Team

The 2005 European Affiliates Championship was a memorable tournament for the Norway cricket team. This saw them placed in a group with the Croatia cricket team and the Spain cricket team. They won all of their matches in this tournament, being declared undefeated victors.

The Norway cricket team, alongside all other associate ICC members, was granted T20I status in April 2018, meaning matches played between other ICC associates would officially be full T20 Internationals. In June of the following year, Norway played their first match in this format against the Italy cricket team in Guernsey. Norway batted first after winning the toss, with Walid Ghauri managing 44 runs not out from 35 balls. The Norway cricket team actually only conceded 3 wickets from the 20 overs, mustering up 151 runs. However, as it came to Italy’s turn to bat, weather interrupted the match. As a result of this, the Italy cricket team were revised to 66 runs as a target from 10 overs. Italy managed to reach this easily, taking 85 runs as the Norway bowlers only took 1 wicket. Although this could be considered an anticlimactic way to win for the victors, it established the Norway cricket team on the T20I stage.

Rivals Of The Norway Cricket Team

Neighbouring nations such as the Sweden cricket team and Denmark cricket team could be considered rivals of the Norway cricket team, with these nations having pre-established rivalries in a number of sports.