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Cook Islands women's national cricket team

Cook Islands
AssociationCook Islands Cricket Association
International Cricket Council
ICC statusAssociate member[1] (2017)
Affiliate member (2000)
ICC regionEast Asia-Pacific
ICC Rankings Current[2] Best-ever
WT20I 53rd 53rd (1 May 2024)
Women's international cricket
First internationalv.  Samoa at Port Vila, Vanuatu; 15 May 2012
Women's Twenty20 Internationals
First WT20Iv  Japan at Vanuatu Cricket Ground, Port Vila; 1 September 2023
Last WT20Iv  Fiji at Lloyd Elsmore Park 3, Auckland; 21 January 2024
WT20Is Played Won/Lost
Total[3] 11 3/8
(0 ties, 0 no results)
This year[4] 5 2/3
(0 ties, 0 no results)
As of 21 May 2024

The Cook Islands women's national cricket team represents the Cook Islands, an associated state of New Zealand, in international women's cricket. It is organised by the sport's governing body in the country, the Cook Islands Cricket Association (CICA), which has been an affiliate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) since 2000.

The Cook Islands made its international debut at the 2012 ICC East Asia-Pacific regional qualifiers for the World Twenty20, but lost every match, finishing last. They improved slightly at the 2014 edition, winning a single match (against Vanuatu) and placing fourth out of five teams. In April 2018, the ICC granted full Women's Twenty20 International (WT20I) status to all its members. Therefore, all Twenty20 matches played between the Cook Islands women and another international side since 1 July 2018 have been full WT20Is.[5]

History

Unlike in many other Pacific island countries, where women's cricket has been played alongside the men's game, women's cricket was only introduced to the Cook Islands in 2009.[6] A high-performance program was established in the same year, with assistance from ICC East Asia-Pacific (EAP) and a New Zealand provincial governing body, the Northern Districts Cricket Association.[7] The sport quickly gained in popularity amongst Cook Islander women,[8] with significant numbers of clubs established in only a few years – in April 2014, it was reported that there were 600 female participants in the sport, out of a total population of 8,000 women.[9] At the 2012 ICC EAP Development Programme Awards, the Cook Islands Cricket Association won the award for "Best Women's Cricket Initiative".[10]

With earlier applications to participate in regional tournaments having been declined,[11] the Cook Islands made its international debut at the 2012 EAP Women's Championship in Port Vila, Vanuatu. That tournament was played using the Twenty20 format, with the winner progressing to the 2013 World Twenty20 Qualifier in Ireland.[12] The team joined the three sides from the 2010 tournament – Japan, Papua New Guinea, and Samoa – as well as Fiji and Vanuatu (also making their tournament debut). The Cook Islands lost all three of its group-stage matches by large margins, and eventually placed last after losing to Fiji in the fifth-place playoff.[13] In the opening game against Samoa, they were bowled out for 36 from 12.1 overs, while against PNG they were all out for 47 from 17.3 overs.[14][15]

In 2014, the Cook Islanders played several exhibition matches against club teams touring the islands from New Zealand, and were consequently invited to the 2014 EAP Women's Championship, despite their poor performance at the previous edition.[6] The winner of that tournament was to qualify for the 2015 World Twenty20 Qualifier in Thailand. Despite fielding a young team, including four players under the age of 18, the Cook Islands dramatically improved upon its 2012 result, defeating Vanuatu in the fourth-place playoff by six wickets after bowling them out for 73.[16] However, they were unable to win the subsequent third-place playoff against Samoa,[17] and in the earlier group stages had lost all of their games.[18] The Cook Islands' next major tournament is the women's event at the 2015 Pacific Games in Port Moresby.[19]

In December 2020, the ICC announced the qualification pathway for the 2023 ICC Women's T20 World Cup.[20] The Cook Islands were named in the 2021 ICC Women's T20 World Cup EAP Qualifier regional group, alongside seven other teams;[21] however, due to COVID-19, the tournament did not go ahead.[22] The Cook Islands have been named as participants in the 2023 ICC Women's T20 World Cup EAP Qualifier, which will mark their debut in an ICC pathway event.

Tournament history

EAP Women's Championship

  • 2010: did not qualify[23]
  • 2012: 6th place (6 teams)[24]
  • 2014: 4th place (5 teams)[25]

Pacific Games

  • 2015: 5th place (6 teams)

Records and statistics

International Match Summary — Cook Islands Women[26]

Last updated 21 January 2024

Playing Record
Format M W L T NR Inaugural Match
Twenty20 Internationals 11 3 8 0 0 1 September 2023

Twenty20 International

T20I record versus other nations[26]

Records complete to WT20I #1741. Last updated 21 January 2024.

Opponent M W L T NR First match First win
ICC Associate members
 Indonesia 1 0 1 0 0 4 September 2023
 Fiji 3 3 0 0 0 8 September 2023 8 September 2023
 Japan 1 0 1 0 0 1 September 2023
 Papua New Guinea 2 0 2 0 0 2 September 2023
 Samoa 2 0 2 0 0 7 September 2023
 Vanuatu 2 0 2 0 0 4 September 2023

See also

References

  1. ^ "Ireland and Afghanistan ICC newest full members amid wide-ranging governance reform". International Cricket Council. 22 June 2017. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  2. ^ "ICC Rankings". International Cricket Council.
  3. ^ "WT20I matches - Team records". ESPNcricinfo.
  4. ^ "WT20I matches - 2024 Team records". ESPNcricinfo.
  5. ^ "All T20I matches to get international status". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  6. ^ a b Matariki Wilson (29 January 2015). "Lifetime service award for local cricket diehard"Cook Islands News. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  7. ^ EAP Newsflash, October 2010 – ICC East Asia-Pacific. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  8. ^ (2014). "Meet our new Maori women's team" Archived 13 January 2015 at the Wayback Machine – Northern Districts Cricket. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  9. ^ (28 April 2014). "Cook Islands aim to use tournament to provide a legacy for future generations" – ICC East Asia-Pacific. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  10. ^ Matariki Wilson (22 February 2013). "Awards for innovative cricket"Cook Islands News. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  11. ^ Affiliate Members: Cook Islands Archived 13 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine – International Cricket Council. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  12. ^ (30 April 2012). "Squads Named For Women's ICC EAP T20 Championship" – Cricket World. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  13. ^ ICC East Asia-Pacific Women's Championship 2012 table – CricketArchive. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  14. ^ Cook Islands Women v Samoa Women, ICC East Asia-Pacific Women's Championship 2012 – CricketArchive. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  15. ^ Cook Islands Women v Papua New Guinea Women, ICC East Asia-Pacific Women's Championship 2012 – CricketArchive. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  16. ^ Cook Islands Women v Vanuatu Women, ICC East Asia-Pacific Women's Championship 2014 (4th Place Play-off) – CricketArchive. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  17. ^ Cook Islands Women v Samoa Women, ICC East Asia-Pacific Women's Championship 2014 (3rd Place Play-off) – CricketArchive. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  18. ^ ICC East Asia-Pacific Women's Championship 2014 table – CricketArchive. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  19. ^ "Cook Islanders and Pacific MMI PNG Lewas aim to make mark in Pacific Games" – Loop Tonga. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  20. ^ "Qualification for ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2023 announced". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 12 December 2020.
  21. ^ "ICC announce qualification process for 2023 Women's T20 World Cup". The Cricketer. Retrieved 12 December 2020.
  22. ^ "ICC Confirm Cancellation of EAP Tournaments in 2021". Japan Cricket Association. Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  23. ^ Women's East Asia-Pacific Trophy 2010 – CricketArchive. Retrieved 30 June.
  24. ^ ICC East Asia-Pacific Women's Championship 2012 – CricketArchive. Retrieved 30 June.
  25. ^ ICC East Asia-Pacific Women's Championship 2014 – CricketArchive. Retrieved 30 June.
  26. ^ a b "Records / Cook Islands Women / Twenty20 Internationals / Result summary". ESPNcricinfo.
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