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Flag of Japan
Flag of Japan
ICC membership granted 1989
ICC member status Associate member
ICC development region East Asia/Pacific (formerly Asia)
World Cricket League division Seven
World Cricket League EAP region division n/a
Captain Masaomi Kobayashi
Coach Richard Laidler
First recorded match 6 September 1996 v Brunei at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
As of 1 June 2009

The Japan national cricket team is the team that represents the country of Japan in international cricket matches. They have been an associate member of the International Cricket Council since 2005, having previously been an affiliate member since 1989.[1] They are currently ranked at equal 37th in the world and at fourth amongst non-test teams in their region.[2]



Cricket was first played in Japan in 1868 when a group of English merchants living in Yokohama founded the Yokohama Cricket Club, playing their matches on what eventually became the Yokohama Stadium.[3] The club, now renamed as the Yokohama Country & Athletic Club, still plays cricket today.[4]

Cricket did not become organised until the 1980s, when the Japan Cricket Association was formed.[4] They became an affiliate member of the ICC in 1989,[1] and the national team first played in the 1996 ACC Trophy, losing all their games including a 380 run defeat by Fiji.[5] They continued without success in the 1998 tournament[6] and the 2000 tournament.[7]

After the 2000 ACC Trophy, they left the Asian Cricket Council and became part of the ICC's East Asia/Pacific region. They played in the East Asia Eights tournament in Australia in February 2002, finishing as runners up to an Australian indigenous team.[8] Indonesia and South Korea were the other teams in the tournament.[9] In 2004, they hosted the East Asia Pacific Cricket Challenge tournament as part of qualification for the 2007 World Cup, finishing third after beating Indonesia in a play-off.[10]

In June 2005, Japan were promoted to associate membership of the ICC[4] and that year they played in the 2005 ICC EAP Cricket Cup in Vanuatu, winning the tournament after beating the Cook Islands in the final.[11] The following year they played in the 2006 ICC EAP Cricket Trophy in Brisbane finishing last in the three team tournament that also involved Fiji and the Cook Islands.[12]

In December 2007 Japan took part in the 2007 ICC EAP Cricket Trophy in Auckland, New Zealand, playing against the Cook Islands, Indonesia, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu.[13] Japan won the tournament and qualified for Division Five of the World Cricket League where they finished in tenth place out of the twelve countries represented[2] in Jersey.[14]


Tournament History

ACC Trophy

  • 1996: First round[5]
  • 1998: First round[6]
  • 2000: First round[7]

2008 ICC World Cricket League Division Five

2009 ICC World Cricket League Division Seven

Japan placed fourth, remaining in division seven for 2011.


The following table lists the 15 players in Japans's squad for the 2009 ICC World Cricket League Division Seven.[15]
Name Born Age Batting Style Bowling Style
Ko Irie Japan 27 RHB
Gavin Beath Japan 36 RHB RM
Kenji Murata Japan 28 RHB LB
Masaomi Kobayashi (c) Japan 27 RHB RM
Munir Ahmed Pakistan 43 RB LB
Naoki Miyaji Japan 31 RHB RM
Patrick Giles-Jones Australia 27 LHB LMF
Naotsune Miyaji Japan 21 RHB RM
Tatsuro Chino (wk) Japan 25 RHB
Cheema Razaq Japan 31 RHB LFM
Takuro Hagihara Japan 24 RHB RM
Fumihiko Uegaki Japan 20 RHB
Yuta Matsubara Japan 35 LHB LFM
Satoshi Nakano Japan 23 RHB RM
Richard Laidler

See also


  1. ^ a b Japan at CricketArchive
  2. ^ a b ICC's one-day rankings
  3. ^ About the Yokohama Country & Athletic Club
  4. ^ a b c Article about Japanese cricket
  5. ^ a b 1996 ACC Trophy at CricketEurope
  6. ^ a b 1998 ACC Trophy at CricketEurope
  7. ^ a b 2000 ACC Trophy at CricketEurope
  8. ^ Scorecard of Australia Cricket Board Indigenous v Japan, 1 March 2002 at CricketArchive
  9. ^ 2002 East Asia Eights at CricketArchive
  10. ^ Scorecard of Japan v Indonesia, 29 May 2004 at CricketArchive
  11. ^ 2005 EAP Cricket Cup, ICC official website
  12. ^ 2006 EAP Cricket Trophy at CricketEurope
  13. ^ ICC EAP newsletter, October 2007
  14. ^ World Cricket League structure, 2006-2009
  15. ^ Japan squad,   Retrieved on 24 May 2009.

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