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Oman
Flag of Oman
Flag of Oman
ICC membership granted 2000
ICC member status Affiliate member
ICC development region Asia
World Cricket League division Two
ACC Trophy division Challengers
Captain Hemal Mehta
Coach Mazhar Saleem Khan
First recorded match 10 July 2002 v UAE at The Padang, Singapore (Note: Under 17 team played in 2001)
List A cricket
List A matches played 7
List A wins/losses 2/5
ICC World Cup Qualifier
Appearances 1 (First in 2005)
Best result 9th place, 2005
As of 31 July 2007

The Omani cricket team are a national cricket team representing Oman.

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History

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ICC Membership

Oman became an affiliate member of the ICC in 2000. Their senior international debut came at the 2002 ACC Trophy where they failed to progress beyond the first round, with their only win coming against Qatar. A huge improvement was shown in the 2004 tournament when they reached the final, where they lost against the United Arab Emirates. This qualified them for the 2005 ICC Trophy, the final qualification stage for the 2007 World Cup. It also qualified them for the Asia Cup in 2006. Later in 2004, they won the Middle East Cup after a tied game against Bahrain. They won the tournament as they beat Bahrain in the group stage.

Cricket in 2005/06

In 2005 Oman became the first affiliate member of the ICC to compete in the ICC Trophy. They lost all their group games, but then won their play off games against Uganda and the USA, the latter when they successfully chased down a mammoth target of 345, featuring an unbroken 127-run partnership for the eighth wicket. This gave them ninth place out of the twelve teams in the competition, enough to earn a place in Division Two of the ICC World Cricket League in 2007.

2006 saw a drop in form for Oman, as they were eliminated in the first round of the ACC Trophy, with their only win coming against the Maldives. As mentioned above, they were originally scheduled to participate in the Asia Cup in 2006, playing their first ODIs against Pakistan and India. However this tournament was postponed until 2008, and the ACC decided to use the 2006 ACC Trophy as a qualification tournament, meaning that Oman's place was taken by Hong Kong.

2007–present

In October/November 2007, Oman took part in the inaugural ACC Twenty20 Cup held in Kuwait, where they played in Group A against; Afghanistan, Malaysia, Nepal and Qatar. Oman finished in the top two of their group and qualified for the semi-final stage. Oman beat Kuwait in their semi-final, then shared the tournament after the final match against Afghanistan was tied.

In November 2007, Oman travelled to Namibia to take part in Division Two of the ICC World Cricket League. They played Denmark, the hosts and the UAE in addition to the two qualifers from Division Three; Uganda and Argentina. Although Oman won all their group matches, they lost to the UAE in the final. On the basis of their top four finish in this tournament, Oman qualified for the ICC World Cup Qualifier in 2009, the final tournament in qualification for the 2011 World Cup.

In the 2009 ACC Twenty20 Cup Oman were drawn in Group B. In the group stages of the competition it won all five of its games, finishing top of the group and qualifying for the semi-finals. In the semi-finals it lost to the United Arab Emirates, therefore missing out on a chance to win back-to-back titles. In the third place playoff it defeated Kuwait. This victory enabled Oman to claim the final qualifying spot for the cricket tournament at the 2010 Asian Games.

Tournament history

World Cricket League

ICC Trophy

  • 1979 to 1997: Not eligible - Not an ICC member
  • 2001: Not eligible - ICC affiliate member
  • 2005: 9th place

ACC Trophy

  • 1996 to 2000: Did not participate
  • 2002: First round
  • 2004: Runners up
  • 2006: First round

ACC Twenty20 Cup

  • 2007: Joint winner with Afghanistan
  • 2009: 3rd place

Cricket in 2008/09

In January 2009, Oman participated in the ACC Cup, Challenge tournament in Chiang Mai, Thailand. They came first with ease, defeating the Maldives and Bhutan in the Semi finals and finals respectively. The fourth favourites to win the cup were hosts, Thailand who ended up in fourth place.

In April 2009, Oman travelled to South Africa to participate in the ICC World Cup Qualifier, the final tournament in qualification for the 2011 World Cup. During the tournament Oman finished last in their group and in the 11th place playoff they beat Denmark by 5 wickets.

In November 2009, Oman travelled to their neighbours the United Arab Emirates to participate in the 2009 ACC Twenty20 Cup.[2] A top three finish saw Oman progress to the 2010 Asian Games joining Bangladesh, China, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the cricket tournament.[3]

They achieved third place by beating Kuwait by 23 runs in the tournament.[4]

Current squad

The following table lists the 16 players in Oman's squad for the 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifier.[5]
Name Age Batting Style Bowling Style ODI matches FC matches Notes
Batsmen
Adnan Ilyas 25 RHB RM
Amir Ali 31 RHB OB
Farhan Khan 34 RHB RMF
Nilesh Parmar 39 RHB
Vaibhav Wategaonkar 27 LHB
All-rounders
Hemal Mehta 35 LHB SLO Captain
Hemin Desai 32 RHB RFM
Zeeshan Siddiqui 30 RHB LB
Wicket-keepers
Sultan Ahmed 32 RHB 9
Maqsood Hussain 28 RHB
Bowlers
Awal Khan 35 RHB RMF
Haider Ali 39 RHB RMF
Khalid Rasheed 44 RHB LB
Rafeeq Al Balushi 24 RHB RMF
Ameet Sampat 32 RHB RMF
Tariq Hussain 33 RHB SLO 11

† Vaibhav Wategaonkar later withdrawn.

References

  1. ^ http://icc-cricket.yahoo.com/wcl/homepage.html ICC-Cricket, retrieved 21 July 2008
  2. ^ ACC, Accessed 18 July 2009
  3. ^ Cricinfo, Accessed 18 July 2009
  4. ^ "Afghanistan Claim ACC Twenty20 Title". Cricket World. http://www.cricketworld.com/internationalcricketnews/asian/article/?aid=22564. Retrieved 30th November 2009.  
  5. ^ Oman squad, Cricinfo.com   Retrieved on 1 May 2009.

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