A List of Asian Countries That Take Part in Cricket Sport

This is a list of Asian countries that participate in the sport of cricket. Read this for the full scoop.

Cricket is one of the very popular sports in the Asian countries. Millions of people watch cricket, play cricket, and support cricket madly. In the Asian continent, many countries proudly participate in international cricket tournaments. There are almost 25 members of the ICC in the Asian region, with Afghanistan taking the biggest strides over recent years out of all the Associate members, including strong performances at the global level from Oman. However, each of them is contributing their part in the cricket world, making this game the most played one.

Asian Countries Participating in Cricket:

The Asian Cricket Conference was renamed Asian Cricket Council in 2003, headquartered in Kuala Lumpur. The council is subordinate to ICC and has an association of 25 countries. Here is the list of the countries-

CountriesYear of joiningICC ranking
Afghanistan200110
Bahrain200147
Bangladesh20007
Bhutan200373
China200486
Hong Kong, China196921
India19261
Iran2006
Kuwait199827
Malaysia196731
Maldives1998
Mongolia2021
Myanmar200679
Nepal198816
Oman200014
Pakistan19526
Qatar200023
Saudi Arabia200324
Singapore197420
Sri Lanka19818
Tajikistan2021
Thailand1995
UAE199014 (T20)
Uzbekistan2022

Asian Cricket dominating countries:

Here are 3 Asian countries that usually dominate Asian and international cricket.

India:

With Test series win under their belt against Pakistan, New Zealand, and England at home, India turned a corner with their first-ever Test series win outside the sub-continent in 1967-68 against New Zealand. India began to be recognized as a potent force when they outplayed the West Indies and England in their backyard in 1971, a feat not many had envisaged. 

As the one-day format began to gain prominence, India shocked twice reigning champions West Indies to lift the 1983 World Cup. The World Cup high was followed by another sparkling performance in Australia as India won the World Championship of Cricket in 1985.

India continued their upward march by producing world-class talent in the batting and bowling departments. In 2002, they were declared joint winners with Sri Lanka after the final was hampered by rain. The 2007 ICC World T20 in South Africa will be remembered fondly by the fans as, with a little knowledge of the format. India, under MS Dhoni, beat Pakistan in the final to be crowned champions in the tournament’s inaugural edition.

Pakistan:

After three successive appearances in the ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final, Pakistan made it one step further in 1992 when Imran Khan led his side to a 22-run win. It reached the final again in 1999 but failed to get out of the group levels in the last two competitions. Pakistan almost won the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 2007, but it fell agonizingly short in the final against India, although it managed to defeat Sri Lanka to win the 2009 event at Lord’s.

Pakistan is an Asian country with a mercurial team in all forms of the game – capable of beating the best yet slumping to humiliating losses when least expected. Security issues mean it cannot play matches in its homeland, meaning England played host to one-day and Test series against Australia and the home nation in 2010. In the years that have followed, UAE has consistently served as a host to Pakistan.

Sri Lanka:

After winning just 4 games out of 26 during the first 5 ICC Cricket World Cup tournaments, the upcoming edition brought forth the most unlikely champ of a major international cricket tournament thus far. Sri Lanka’s victory over Australia in the 1996 final was the climax to an outstanding competition for Arjuna Ranatunga’s men. Sri Lanka had since reached the final twice when Australia exacted its revenge in West Indies in 2007, and India lifted its first World Cup in 28 years in 2011. It was also a joint-winners, with India, in the ICC Champions Trophy on home soil in 2002.

Sri Lanka’s participation in the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 in 2007 flattered to deceive as it was knocked out in the Super Eights. In subsequent editions, it lost twice after making it to the final (in 2009 and 2012) before finally winning its first title by defeating India in 2014. Sri Lanka continues to be a tough nut to crack on the Test circuit – particularly at home.

Conclusion:

These cricket-playing nations will inspire other Asian countries to come forward and take part in international cricket. The more countries will participate, the more popular the sport will become.

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