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Argentina
Esteban MacDermott, Argentine captain
Esteban MacDermott, Argentine captain
ICC membership granted 1974
ICC member status Associate Member
ICC development region Americas
World Cricket League division Two
ICC Americas Championship division Two
Captain Esteban Macdermott
Coach
First recorded match 1868 v Uruguay
First class cricket
First class matches played 13
First class wins/losses 3/6
ICC World Cup Qualifier
Appearances 6 (First in 1979)
Best result Plate competition, 1990 and 1994
As of 15 July 2007

The Argentina national cricket team is the team that represents the country of Argentina in international cricket matches. They are currently an associate member of the International Cricket Council.

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History

Cricket has been played in Argentina since 1806, with the international side making its first appearance in 1868 against Uruguay. Argentina played Uruguay 29 times up until World War II, winning 21 of the matches. They first played Brazil in 1888 and Chile in 1893. For their first match against Chile, they had to travel to Santiago by crossing the Andes by mule, taking three and half days.

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First-class cricket

Argentina first played first-class cricket in 1912 against the MCC [1]. They played a three match series against the visitors, winning the first game [2], but losing the second [3] and third [4]. The teams were made up almost exclusively of British expatriates who were mostly employed on the railways, in export or in farming [5].

Between the wars, infrequent fixtures were played against Brazil and Argentina, and were at that time included in Wisden's cricket records [6]. First-class matches were played against an elderly [7] MCC side in 1926/27, Sir Julien Cahn's XI in 1930 and Sir Theodore Brinckman's XI in 1937/38 [1]. The four-match series against the MCC was lost 2-1, with one game drawn [8]. The three-match series against Sir Julien Cahn's XI finished with two draws, Cahn's XI winning the first game [9] and the series against Brinkman's XI was drawn 1-1 [10]. That series was Argentina's last involvement in first-class cricket to date [1].

Players and clubs

In 1932 a South American team toured England consisting mainly of Argentine based players. It played seven first class matches and twelve other fixtures [11].

A two match series against Chile in December 1938 was won by Argentina [12], the second match of which saw the interesting occurrence of Argentina's Alfred Jackson playing against his brother John Jackson [13].

Leading players during this period were the Ayling brothers, K Bush (who also played for Brazil), D Cavanagh, Herbert Dorning (the so called "Grand Old Man of Argentine Cricket") and Donald Forrester [5].

A strong club scene existed until the 1950s with Belgrano, BACA, Lomas and Hurlingham. This resulted in a relatively strong national side. Railway and Bank teams disbanded after the war along with the formerly strong San Isidro side. The national side sank to a low level, being heavily beaten by MCC in 1958-59 [14].

ICC Trophy

Argentina participated in the first ICC Trophy in 1979 [15] but missed the second in 1982 which was played in England and started only two days after the conclusion of Falklands War [16]. They returned for the 1986 ICC Trophy [17] and played in every one following that until the 2001 event. They did not qualify for the 2005 tournament [18].

Americas Championship

Argentina hosted and won the first South American Championship in 1995 [19] and still play in the tournament today, though they now send an "A" team [20]. They also participated in the first ICC Americas Championship in 2000, finishing 5th [21]. MCC visited again in March 2001, winning both matches [22].

Argentina hosted the Americas Championship in 2002, finishing sixth [23]. MCC toured again in 2004, drawing the series 1-1 [24]. Later that year, Argentina finished 5th in the Americas Championship [25].

In 2006, the Americas Championship was split into two divisions and Argentina were placed in Division Two. They won the Division Two tournament and were promoted to Division One in Canada that August [26], where they finished 5th [27].

World Cricket League

This originally qualified them for Division Five of the World Cricket League, but they were placed in Division Three following the suspension of the USA from international cricket [28]. They finished as runners-up to Uganda in the tournament and qualified for Division Two in Windhoek, Namibia.

Following their promotion, in November 2007, Argentina travelled to Namibia to take part in Division Two of the ICC World Cricket League. They played Denmark, the hosts, Oman and the UAE in addition to the other qualifer from Division Three; Uganda. Division Two proved to be a step too far for Argentina, as they lost all their group matches and then lost to Uganda in a positional playoff and finished sixth. On the basis of their sixth place finish in this tournament, Argentina were relegated back to Division Three, for the 2009 tournament which Argentina hosted from January 24 to 31 2009. However, Argentina again struggled, losing all five of their games to finish bottom of the table and relegated to the 2010 Global Division Four.

Tournament history

World Cricket League

ICC Trophy

ICC Americas Championship

  • 2000: 5th place[21]
  • 2002: 6th place[23]
  • 2004: 5th place[25]
  • 2006: Division Two winners,[26] 5th place (Division One)[27]

See also

External links

References

  1. ^ a b c Cricket in Argentina at Cricinfo
  2. ^ Scorecard of Argentina v MCC, 18 February 1912 at Cricket Archive
  3. ^ Scorecard of Argentina v MCC, 24 February 1912 at Cricket Archive
  4. ^ Scorecard of Argentina v MCC, 2 March 1912 at Cricket Archive
  5. ^ a b KR Bridger. North v South 1974
  6. ^ Wisden 1937 Records Section
  7. ^ Cricketer Spring Annual 1927 (including photograph
  8. ^ MCC in South America 1926/27 at Cricket Archive
  9. ^ Sir J Cahn's XI in South America 1929/30 at Cricket Archive
  10. ^ Sir TEW Brinkman's XI in South America 1937/38 at Cricket Archive
  11. ^ Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1933
  12. ^ Argentina in Chile 1938/39 at Cricket Archive
  13. ^ Scorecard of Chile v Argentina, 29 December 1938 at Cricket Archive
  14. ^ Cricketer Spring Annual 1959
  15. ^ a b 1979 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
  16. ^ a b 1982 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
  17. ^ a b 1986 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
  18. ^ a b 2005 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
  19. ^ South American Championship history
  20. ^ Guyana Masters win South American Championship by Andrew Nixon, 12 April 2007 at CricketEurope
  21. ^ a b 2000 Americas Championship points table at Cricinfo
  22. ^ MCC in Argentina 2000/01 at Cricket Archive
  23. ^ a b 2002 Americas Championship points table at Cricket Archive
  24. ^ Report of first and second match on 2004 MCC tour of Argentina
  25. ^ a b 2004 Americas Championship points table at Cricket Archive
  26. ^ a b Argentina Triumph in Americas Division Two at Cricket Archive
  27. ^ a b 2006 Americas Championship Division One points table at Cricket Archive
  28. ^ Argentina to play in WCL Division Three by Andrew Nixon, 11 April 2007 at CricketEurope
  29. ^ Uganda lift Division Three title by Andrew Nixon, 2 June 2007 at CricketEurope
  30. ^ 1990 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
  31. ^ 1994 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
  32. ^ 1997 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
  33. ^ 2001 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo

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