Myanmar national cricket team
|ICC membership granted||2006|
|ICC member status||Affiliate member|
|ICC development region||Asia|
|World Cricket League division||n/a|
|Captain||Ye Myo Tun|
|First recorded match||12 January 1927 v MCC at Rangoon|
|First class cricket|
|First class matches played||1|
|First class wins/losses||0/1|
|As of 5 December 2010|
Cricket in Myanmar dates back to when Burma was a province of British India. The British brought the game there, as they did to the rest of India, and the game progressed to the level where the Marylebone Cricket Club played two two-day first class matches there on a tour to India in 1926/1927. The first of these was played at the Gymkhana ground in Rangoon against a Rangoon Gymkhana cricket team. That game was drawn with the MCC on top after forcing the home side to follow-on.2 The second game was against the Burma team themselves at the BAA Ground, also in Rangoon. The MCC won this game restricting Burma to low scores in both their innings, and only having to chase 7 runs to win in their second innings.3 This remains the country's only first class game.
Following independence cricket remained very much a minority sport in Myanmar, and was nowhere to be seen between 1988 and 1995. In 2002 the game was seeing a resurgence, with a seven team league organised by former Bengal first class player Naresh Kumar, with some former first class players taking part in games attended by around 250 people. Cricket has also been featured on TV news reports. The Myanmar Cricket Federation received a visit from the ICC in 20044 and became an affiliate member of the organisation in 2006. The game is currently played primarily by ex-pats, but the game has recently been introduced into schools.5
Just two months after gaining ICC membership, Myanmar headed to Malaysia to take part in the 2006 ACC Trophy for the first time. They had a very poor tournament, with a series of heavy defeats to Kuwait (by 9 wickets in 10 overs), to Hong Kong (by 422 runs, with Myanmar being bowled out for 20) and to Bhutan (by 9 wickets in 6.5 overs; Bhutan had also received heavy defeats in their previous matches).
The nadir of their tournament came against Nepal, where Myanmar were bowled out for just 10 off 12.1 overs after losing the toss and being sent in; no batsman scored more than one, the innings included five ducks, and extras top scored with five (three leg byes and two wides). Nepal hit three off the first ball, followed by three wides that went for five, and then hit another three from the second legitimate delivery to win by ten wickets. Some critics called it the greatest mismatch in the history of international cricket,6 and the score of 10 is the lowest in any level of men's international cricket.
With the separation of the ACC Trophy into Elite and Challenge divisions, Myanmar have since competed in the Challenge divisions in both 2009, in which they came last, and 2010. Despite the cricket being of a lesser quality than the Elite division, Myanmar have continued to suffer from heavy defeats.
- Ye Myo Tun (Captain)
- Aye Min Than
- Sai Sai Wunna
- Kyaw Min Aung
- Zarn Thein
- Myat Min Hein (Wicketkeeper)
- Win Maw
- Myo Khaw
- Khin Aye
- Ya Naing Tun
- Yen Wie
- Kyaw Ze Za
- Ye Min Soe
- Aung Aung
- Myanmar. CricketArchive.
- Rangoon Gymkhana v Marylebone Cricket Club, 1926/1927. Cricketarchive.co.uk (10 January 1927).
- Burma v Marylebone Cricket Club, 1926/1927. Cricketarchive.co.uk (13 January 1927).
- Cricinfo report mentioning ICC membership. Espncricinfo.com.
- Wisden Almanack on minor cricketing nations. Content-uk.cricinfo.com.
- The greatest mismatch in international history, Cricket Europe, 2006. Cricketeurope4.net (20 August 2006).
- "ACC Trophy Challenge 2010 – Myanmar". Asian Cricket Council. 6 December 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2010.