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Kuwait national cricket team

AssociationCricket Kuwait
CaptainMohammed Aslam
CoachMuthumudalige Pushpakumara
International Cricket Council
ICC statusAffiliate (1998)
Associate member (2005)
ICC regionAsia
ICC Rankings Current[1] Best-ever
T20I 26th 25th (21-Aug-2022)
International cricket
First internationalv  Bahrain at Kuwait City; 30 October 1979
Twenty20 Internationals
First T20Iv  Maldives at Oman Cricket Academy Ground Turf 1, Muscat; 20 January 2019
Last T20Iv  Bahrain at Mulpani Cricket Stadium, Kageshwari-Manohara; 2 November 2023
T20Is Played Won/Lost
Total[2] 45 24/18
(3 ties, 0 no results)
This year[3] 0 0/0
(0 ties, 0 no results)
T20 World Cup Qualifier appearances1[a] (first in 2023)
Best resultGroup stage (2023)

T20I kit

As of 1 January 2024

The Kuwait national cricket team is the team that represents Kuwait in international cricket. The team is organised by Cricket Kuwait, which has been an associate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) since 2005, having previously been an affiliate member since 1998.[4] Kuwait made its international debut in 1979, but has only played regularly at international level since the early 2000s, appearing regularly in Asian Cricket Council tournaments since then. Beginning in the early 2010s, the side appeared in several World Cricket League events, although it was relegated back to regional level after the 2013 Division Six tournament.[5]


The Kuwait Cricket Association was formed in 1996[6] and they became an affiliate member of the ICC two years later.[4]

21st century

2000 - 2017

They participated in the ACC Trophy for the first time in 2000, but couldn't progress beyond the first round,[7] a performance they repeated in the 2002 tournament.[8]

In 2004, Kuwait pulled off a series off upsets to finish in third place in that year's ACC Trophy, only just missing out on qualification for the 2005 ICC Trophy. They did qualify for the repêchage tournament in early 2005[9] in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in which they finished sixth after losing to the Cayman Islands in a play-off.[10]

In February 2006, Kuwait finished third out of five teams when they hosted the ACC Middle East Cup.[11] In August, they took part in the ACC Trophy, but were unable to reproduce their strong 2004 performance. They were eliminated in the first round when a tie with Hong Kong left them in third place in their group on run rate. A win in this match would have seen them through to the quarter finals.[12]

In 2007 Kuwait played in the ACC Twenty20 Cup, which they also hosted. They finished third in the tournament, beating the UAE by three runs in a play-off.[13]

Kuwait has participated in several World Cricket League tournaments, hosting and winning Division Eight in 2010;[14] winning Division Seven in Botswana in May 2011;[15] and coming third in Division Six in Malaysia in September 2011. Kuwait set one of the lowest ever T20 targets during the 2014 Asian Games.[16]


In April 2018, the ICC decided to grant full Twenty20 International (T20I) status to all its members. Therefore, all Twenty20 matches played between Kuwait and other ICC members after 1 January 2019 have the full T20I status.[17]

Kuwait made its Twenty20 International debut on 20 January 2019, defeating Maldives by eight wickets in the 2019 ACC Western Region T20 at Al Emarat Cricket Stadium, Muscat, Oman.[18]

20 January 2019
102 (18.4 overs)
103/2 (10.3 overs)
Mohamed Rishwan 25 (23)
Imran Ali 3/16 (3 overs)
Ravija Sandaruwan 68* (36)
Ameel Mauroof 1/11 (3 overs)
Kuwait won by 8 wickets
Al Amerat Cricket Stadium, Muscat
Umpires: Vinod Babu (Oma) and Shivani Mishra (Qat)
Player of the match: Ravija Sandaruwan (Kuw)
  • Kuwait won the toss and elected to field.

In 2018 former South African international Herschelle Gibbs was appointed coach of Kuwait for the 2020 ICC World Twenty20 qualification process.[19]

Tournament history

T20 World Cup Qualifier (Asia Regional Final)

ACC Trophy

ACC Twenty20 Cup

World Cricket League

Asian Games

Asia Cup Qualifier

ACC Western Region T20


This lists all the players who have played for Kuwait in 12 months or has been part of the latest One-day or T20I squad.

Name Age Batting style Bowling style Formats Notes
Ravija Sandaruwan 31 Right-handed Right-arm off break One-day & T20I
Meet Bhavsar 19 Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox One-day & T20I
Parwindar Kumar 34 Right-handed Right-arm medium One-day & T20I
Mohammad Amin 36 Right-handed Right-arm off break One-day
Clinto Anto 29 Right-handed One-day & T20I
Diju Sheeli 33 Right-handed T20I
Bilal Tahir 25 Left-handed Right-arm off break One-day & T20I Vice-Captain
Yasin Patel 26 Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox One-day & T20I
Adnan Idrees 33 Right-handed Right-arm off break One-day & T20I
Nimish Lathief 35 Left-handed Right-arm off break T20I
Usman Patel 33 Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox One-day & T20I
Spin Bowlers
Mohammed Aslam 33 Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox One-day & T20I Captain
Shiraz Khan 29 Right-handed Right-arm leg break One-day & T20I
Pace Bowlers
Sayed Monib 31 Right-handed Right-arm medium One-day & T20I
Shahrukh Quddus 27 Right-handed Right-arm medium One-day
Ilyas Ahmed 33 Left-handed Left-arm medium One-day & T20I
Mohamed Shafeeq 29 Right-handed Right-arm medium T20I
Mirza Ahmed 19 Right-handed Right-arm medium T20I

Updated as of 2 November 2023.


International Match Summary — Kuwait[20]

Last updated 2 November 2023

Playing Record
Format M W L T NR Inaugural Match
Twenty20 Internationals 45 24 18 3 0 20 January 2019

Twenty20 International

T20I record versus other nations[20]

Records complete to T20I #2345. Last updated 2 November 2023.

Opponent M W L T NR First match First win
vs Associate Members
 Bahrain 12 10 1 1 0 23 January 2019 23 January 2019
 Hong Kong 3 0 3 0 0 23 August 2022
 Iran 1 1 0 0 0 25 February 2020 25 February 2020
 Malaysia 2 0 2 0 0 22 July 2019
 Maldives 4 4 0 0 0 20 January 2019 20 January 2019
   Nepal 1 0 1 0 0 27 July 2019
 Oman 1 0 1 0 0 22 September 2023
 Qatar 9 4 3 2 0 22 January 2019 4 July 2019
 Saudi Arabia 6 3 3 0 0 24 January 2019 23 February 2020
 Singapore 1 1 0 0 0 24 August 2022 24 August 2022
 United Arab Emirates 5 1 4 0 0 24 February 2020 21 August 2022

Administration and support staff

Position Name
Head coach Sri Lanka Muthumudalige Pushpakumara
Assistant coach India Nikhil Kulkarni
Fielding Coach Sri Lanka shashika
Analyst Sri Lanka Prabhath Fernando

See also


  1. ^ T20 World Cup Qualifier refers to the Regional Final of the ICC Asia region from the 2023 edition.


  1. ^ "ICC Rankings". International Cricket Council.
  2. ^ "T20I matches - Team records". ESPNcricinfo.
  3. ^ "T20I matches - 2024 Team records". ESPNcricinfo.
  4. ^ a b Kuwait at CricketArchive
  5. ^ Other matches played by Kuwait Archived 2 September 2018 at the Wayback Machine – CricketArchive. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  6. ^ Achievements Archived 2 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine at official website
  7. ^ 2000 ACC Trophy Archived 22 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine at CricketEurope
  8. ^ 2002 ACC Trophy Archived 22 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine at CricketEurope
  9. ^ Asian qualifying for the 2005 ICC Trophy Archived 6 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine at the 2005 ICC Trophy official website
  10. ^ Scorecard of Cayman Islands v Kuwait, 27 February 2005 at CricketArchive
  11. ^ Points Table for 2006 ACC Middle East Cup at CricketArchive
  12. ^ 2006 ACC Trophy Archived 11 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine at CricketEurope
  13. ^ 2007 ACC Twenty20 Cup Archived 25 November 2009 at the Wayback Machine at CricketEurope
  14. ^ Cricinfo, Accessed May 8 2011
  15. ^ Cricinfo, Accessed May 8 2011
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 September 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2014.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ "All T20 matches between ICC members to get international status". International Cricket Council. 26 April 2018. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  18. ^ "ACC Western Region T20 2019: RESULTS".
  19. ^ "Kuwait name former South Africa opener Gibbs as new head coach". Archived from the original on 14 March 2018. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  20. ^ a b "Records / Kuwait / Twenty20 Internationals / Result summary". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 18 September 2023.
  21. ^ "Records / Kuwait / Twenty20 Internationals / Highest totals". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  22. ^ "Records / Kuwait / Twenty20 Internationals / High scores". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  23. ^ "Records / Kuwait / Twenty20 Internationals / Best bowling figures". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  24. ^ "Records / Kuwait / Twenty20 Internationals / Most runs". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  25. ^ "Records / Kuwait / Twenty20 Internationals / Most wickets". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
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