Zambia Cricket

Zambia Cricket Team Guide

The Zambia cricket team represents the Republic of Zambia in international cricket. It’s administered by the Zambia Cricket Union, which was an associate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) from 2003 to 2021. The team debuted internationally in 1930 as Northern Rhodesia.

History of Zambia Cricket Team

Cricket was introduced to Zambia (then Northern Rhodesia) from neighboring Zimbabwe in the early 1900s. The first international match was played against the MCC in 1930. Post-World War II, the Northern Rhodesia Cricket Union was formed, and Zambia started playing regular matches against other East African sides in the 1950s. The 1970s marked a successful period for Zambian cricket, with several tours by English teams. However, the sport’s popularity declined in the 1980s due to reduced government investment.

Where Does The Zambia Cricket Team Play?

The Zambia cricket team has played most of its cricket in Lusaka since the mid-1990s. Historically, matches were also played in other cities like Kitwe. This has seen many international cricket teams visit when facing off against Zambia.

Former Captains Of The Zambia Cricket Team

Notable former captains of the Zambia cricket team include Keith W Arnold, Derek Bruorton, and Chris English. 

Top Run Scorers In Zambia Cricket Team History

One of the highest individual scores for the Zambia cricket team was made by B Vashee (183 runs) against the Uganda cricket team in 1969.

Top Wicket Takers In Zambia Cricket Team History

One of the best bowling performances that the Zambia cricket team has seen was by RC Wilson, who took 7/76 against the Kenya cricket team in 1968.

Memorable Games For The Zambia Cricket Team

A notable match for the Zambia cricket team was against the Australia cricket team in 1957, where Zambia managed to draw against a strong Australian side. Another significant period was the 1970s, with successful tours by English county teams.

Rivals Of The Zambia Cricket Team

Despite the Zambia cricket team not having any specific rivals, they have played highly competitive matches against various East African teams and participated in ICC Africa tournaments. Some teams that they’ve played against include the Ghana cricket team and Nigeria cricket team