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Fiji women's national cricket team

Fiji
Cricket Fiji logo
AssociationCricket Fiji
International Cricket Council
ICC statusAssociate member (1965)
ICC regionEast Asia-Pacific
ICC Rankings Current[2] Best-ever
WT20I 62nd 51st (2 May 2022)[1]
International cricket
First internationalv  Samoa at Faleata Oval, Apia; 2 February 2010
Women's Twenty20 Internationals
First WT20Iv  Samoa at Independence Park, Port Vila; 6 May 2019
Last WT20Iv  Cook Islands at Lloyd Elsmore Park 3, Auckland; 21 January 2024
WT20Is Played Won/Lost
Total[3] 34 2/31
(0 ties, 1 no result)
This year[4] 5 0/5
(0 ties, 0 no results)
As of 11 May 2024

The Fiji women's national cricket team is the team that represents the country of Fiji in international Women's cricket matches. Fiji has been an associate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) since 1965.[5] The national women's team made its international debut against Samoa in 2010 and its Women's Twenty20 International (T20I) debut in 2019. It is included in the ICC East Asia-Pacific development region.

History

Cricket was introduced to Fiji by European settlers in 1874, and the native population began taking up the game in 1878. The governor of Fiji at the time listed introducing cricket to the native Fijians as one of the achievements of his tenure in his memoirs.[6]

The Fiji women's cricket team came into existence some time in the middle of 2009. In January 2010, Cricket Fiji announced its first international series would take place against Samoa the following month.[7] Fiji's first international match was played against Samoa on 2 February 2010 at Faleata Oval, Apia. The Fijian captain for the team's inaugural tour was former New Zealand international Losi Harford, who scored 57 runs opening the batting as Fiji lost to Samoa by six runs on debut.[8]

In January 2011, Cricket Fiji announced its women's team's second tour. This one was to Vanuatu.[9]

In April 2018, the ICC granted full Women's Twenty20 International (WT20I) status to all its members, with all Twenty20 matches played between Fiji women and other international sides after 1 July 2018 having the full T20I status.[10] Fiji made its T20I debut at the 2019 ICC Women's Qualifier EAP in Vanuatu, losing all five matches.[11] The team's next T20I appearances came in the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa, again failing to win ay games.[12]

In December 2020, the ICC announced the qualification pathway for the 2023 ICC Women's T20 World Cup.[13] Fiji were named in the 2021 ICC Women's T20 World Cup EAP Qualifier regional group, alongside seven other teams. However, the tournament was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[14]

Fiji lost 19 consecutive T20I matches between its debut in 2019 and its inaugural T20I victory against Samoa in the 2023 Women's Pacific Island Cricket Challenge. This surpassed the previous record of 15 consecutive defeats held by Bangladesh.[15]

Tournament history

ICC Women's World Twenty20 EAP Qualifier

Pacific Games

Current Squad

Updated as on 21 January 2024

This lists all the players who played for Fiji in the past 12 months or were named in the most recent squad.

Name Age Batting style Bowling style Notes
Batters
Sulia Vuni 24 Right-handed
Lagakali Lomani 21 Right-handed Right-arm medium
Mereani Rodan 20 Right-handed
Marica Ratuki 37 Right-handed
Cilia Lewatu 21
Akosita Poulter Right-handed
All-rounders
Ilisapeci Waqavakatoga 25 Left-handed Right-arm off break Captain
Ateca Kainoco 19 Right-handed Right-arm medium
Ruci Muriyalo 37 Right-handed Right-arm medium
Wicket-keeper
Maeavhanisi Erasito 27 Right-handed
Bowlers
Karalaini Vakuruivalu 23 Left-handed Left-arm medium
Melaia Biu 27 Left-handed Left-arm medium
Ana Gonerara 20 Right-handed Right-arm medium
Mele Waqanisau Right-handed Right-arm medium
Silvia Kijiana

Records and statistics

International Match Summary — Fiji Women[16]

Last updated 21 January 2024

Playing Record
Format M W L T NR Inaugural Match
Twenty20 Internationals 34 2 31 0 1 6 May 2019

Twenty20 International

T20I record versus other nations[16]

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

Opponent M W L T NR First match First win
ICC Associate members
 Cook Islands 3 0 3 0 0 8 September 2023
 Indonesia 2 0 2 0 0 10 May 2019
 Japan 2 0 2 0 0 9 May 2019
 Papua New Guinea 8 0 8 0 0 7 May 2019
 Samoa 9 2 6 0 1 6 May 2019 14 March 2023
 Vanuatu 10 0 10 0 0 7 May 2019

See also

References

  1. ^ "Australia Women remain No.1 in ODIs, T20Is after annual update". ICC. 2 October 2020. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  2. ^ "ICC Rankings". International Cricket Council.
  3. ^ "WT20I matches - Team records". ESPNcricinfo.
  4. ^ "WT20I matches - 2024 Team records". ESPNcricinfo.
  5. ^ Fiji at Cricket Archive
  6. ^ "Fijian Cricket History(Fiji)". Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Fiji women's first cricket tour". Fox sports. 15 January 2010. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Women's miscellaneous matches played by Fiji Women". CricketArchive. Retrieved 14 March 2023.
  9. ^ "Fiji women's second cricket tour". Fox sports. 25 January 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  10. ^ "All T20I matches to get international status". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  11. ^ "ICC Women's T20 World Cup East Asia-Pacific Region Qualifier 2019". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  12. ^ "Pacific Games Women's Cricket Competition 2019". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  13. ^ "Qualification for ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2023 announced". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 12 December 2020.
  14. ^ "ICC announce qualification process for 2023 Women's T20 World Cup". The Cricketer. Retrieved 12 December 2020.
  15. ^ "Women's Twenty20 Internationals–Most consecutive defeats". Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 February 2023.
  16. ^ a b "Records / Fiji Women / Twenty20 Internationals / Result summary". ESPNcricinfo.
  17. ^ "Records / Fiji Women / Women's Twenty20 Internationals / Highest totals". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  18. ^ "Records / Fiji Women / Women's Twenty20 Internationals / High Scores". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  19. ^ "Records / Fiji Women / Women's Twenty20 Internationals / Best Bowling figures". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  20. ^ "Records / Fiji Women / Twenty20 Internationals / Most runs". ESPNcricinfo.
  21. ^ "Records / Fiji Women / Twenty20 Internationals / Most wickets". ESPNcricinfo.
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