Oman national cricket team

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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 Three
Captain Vaibhav Wategaonkar
Coach Sri Lanka Duleep Mendis
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.

History

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.Oman is qualified for 2014 ACC Premier League going to held in Malaysia between 4th - 10th May 2014 .

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 qualifiers 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 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 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.They played in 2011 ICC World Cricket League Division Three,where they came 3rd to remain in 2013 ICC World Cricket League Division Three.

They have a chance of reaching the 2015 Cricket World Cup if they finish in the top two of the division three tournament, and then in the top two of the 2013 Cricket World Cup Qualifier.

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: 11th place
  • 2009: Champions (ACC Trophy Challenge)
  • 2010: 5th place (ACC Trophy Elite)

ACC Twenty20 Cup

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

The future

In December Oman will participate in the 2011 ACC Twenty20 Cup in Nepal.2 In 2013, Oman will again compete in Division Three of the World Cricket League.3

Current squad

The following table lists the 16 players in Oman's squad for the 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifier.4
Name Age Batting Style Bowling Style ODI matches FC matches Notes
Batsmen
Adnan Ilyas 29 RHB RM
Aamer Ali 35 RHB OB
Farhan Khan 38 RHB RMF
Nilesh Parmar 43 RHB
Vaibhav Wategaonkar 31 LHB
All-rounders
Hemal Mehta 40 LHB SLO Captain
Hemin Desai 36 RHB RFM
Zeeshan Siddiqui 34 RHB LB
Wicket-keepers
Sultan Ahmed 36 RHB 9
Maqsood Hussain 33 RHB
Bowlers
Awal Khan 40 RHB RMF
Haider Ali 44 RHB RMF
Khalid Rasheed 48 RHB LB
Rafeeq Al Balushi 28 RHB RMF
Ameet Sampat 37 RHB RMF
Tariq Hussain 39 RHB SLO 11

† Vaibhav Wategaonkar later withdrawn.

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