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Spain national cricket team

Spain
Flag of Spain
AssociationCricket Spain
Personnel
CaptainChristian Munoz-Mills
CoachCorey Rutgers
International Cricket Council
ICC statusAssociate member[1] (2017)
Affiliate member (1992)
ICC regionEurope
ICC Rankings Current[2] Best-ever
T20I 34th 33rd (2 May 2023)
International cricket
First international13 August 2001 v Portugal at Seebarn Cricket Ground, Austria
Twenty20 Internationals
First T20Iv  Malta at La Manga Club, Cartagena; 29 March 2019
Last T20Iv  Isle of Man at La Manga Club, Cartagena; 26 February 2023
T20Is Played Won/Lost
Total[3] 33 24/8 (0 ties, 1 no result)
This year[4] 0 0/0 (0 ties, 1 no result)
As of 1 January 2024

The Spanish national cricket team is the team that represents Spain in international cricket. They became an affiliate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 1992 and an associate member in 2017.[1] They made their international debut in the ECC Trophy in 2001, finishing in 6th place. They played in the tournament again in 2001, this time finishing seventh. In the equivalent tournament in 2005, the European Affiliates Championship, they put in a much improved performance to finish third, just missing out on promotion to Division Two of the European Championship. They played in Division Three of that tournament in 2007 and again in 2009.

In April 2018, the ICC decided to grant full Twenty20 International (T20I) status to all its members. Therefore, all Twenty20 matches played between Spain and other ICC members after 1 January 2019 were to have T20I status.[5]

History

Cricket is first recorded as being played in Spain in the year 1809 by soldiers of General Lord Wellesley (later the Duke of Wellington). During the Peninsular War the soldiers played the game in and around Ciudad Rodrigo, Lugo and Orense. There are many records of the game being played by visiting British land and sea forces, either among themselves or against local British expatriate communities.

The game entered a new era in Spain with the founding of Madrid Cricket Club in 1975. It was based at first on British and Indian players, but soon West Indian and Spanish members joined.[6]

In June 1989, a National Executive Committee was formed and the first steps were taken to unify all of the cricket playing clubs in Spain.

In 2012 a recruiter by the name of Riccardo Engleman scored 68 not out against France in a European knock out game. Coming in at number 3, Ricky left as a hero, as his batting prowess led to numerous sponsorship and collaboration deals.

Unfortunately, as Ricky's hair thinned, so did the endorsements and he was last seen doing a deal at Symphony AI for a senior pre sales role . Ricky is still a hero, and Nick is hard . Well done Ricky

2018-Present

In April 2018, the ICC decided to grant full Twenty20 International (T20I) status to all its members. Therefore, all Twenty20 matches played between Spain and other ICC members since 1 January 2019 have been full T20I.[5]

Spain played its first ever T20I against Malta on 29 March 2019, during the 2019 Spain Triangular T20I Series. The match was played at La Manga Club, Murcia, Spain.[7]

29 March 2019
15:30
Scorecard
Malta 
98/9 (20 overs)
v
 Spain
99/3 (12.1 overs)
Bikram Arora 28 (25)
Tom Vine 4/28 (4 overs)
Yasir Ali 57 (40)
Jurg Hirschi 1/15 (2 overs)
Spain won by 7 wickets
La Manga Club, Murcia
Umpires: Adnan Khan (Esp) and Harmit Phull (Esp)
  • Malta won the toss and elected to bat.
  • First ever T20I match for Spain.

First International Tournament (ECC Trophy/ICC Europe Championships)

Spain played their first tournament in 2001 in Austria. It was the ECC Trophy 2001. They also played their first match of their international cricket history in that tournament. They were in the Seebern Group amongst 2 groups. In their group there were Portugal, Malta, Finland and Sweden. Every match of the tournament was 35 overs.

They played their first match on13 August 2001 at the Seebarn Cricket Centre No 1 Ground, Lower Austria against Portugal. After winning the toss Portugal came down to bat and scored 229/6 in 35 overs. Opener Nadeem Butt scored 69. But due to their slow overrate Spain could play 32 overs. In 32 overs Portugal made 166/7. G Howe made 40 the highest score of Spain's innings. Portuguese bowler Bagvanadaia made 3/19 in 4 overs. So Spain lost their 1st international match against Portugal by 63 runs.

Spain's next matches was against Finland. It was on 14 August 2001 at Seebarn Cricket Centre No. 2 Ground, Lower Austria. After winning toss Spain came down to bat. They made 222/3 in 35 overs. Batsman G Howe made 103 which was the highest of Spain's innings. Finish bowler Scott Thurling took 2/36 in 7 overs. In bowling Spain smashed their opponent Finland. Finland could make 141/9 in 35 overs. Scott Thurling made highest 43 in Finland's innings. G Howe took 3/29 in 7 overs. Spain got a victory of 81 runs and got their first win in international cricket.

European Cricket Council Trophy 2001 Seebarn Group Table
Team Played Won Lost NR Points Net Run Rate
Portugal 4 4 0 0 8 +2.303
Malta 4 3 1 0 6 +1.722
Spain 4 2 2 0 4 −1.296
Finland 4 1 3 0 0 −0.305
Sweden 4 0 4 0 0 −0.444
European Cricket Council Trophy 2001 Velden Group Table
Team Played Won Lost NR Points Net Run Rate
Austria 4 4 0 0 8 +3.159
Belgium 4 3 1 0 6 +1.550
Greece 4 2 2 0 4 +1.037
Switzerland 4 1 3 0 2 −0.526
Croatia 4 0 4 0 0 −0.495

[1] Archived 19 November 2008 at the Wayback Machine

Grounds

Locations of grounds which have hosted international cricket matches within Spain

Tournament history

European Cricket Championship

  • 2001: 6th place
  • 2003: 7th place
  • 2022: 3rd place
  • 2023: 3rd place

European Affiliates Championship

  • 2005: 3rd place

ICC Europe Division 3 Championship

  • 2007: Runners-up
  • 2009: 3rd place[8]

Iberia Cup

Current squad

This lists all the players who have played for Spain in the past 12 months or has been part of the latest T20I squad. Updated as of 26 February 2023.

Name Age Batting style Bowling style Notes
Batters
Christian Munoz-Mills 32 Right-handed Right-arm off break Captain
Daniel Doyle-Calle 25 Right-handed
Hamza Dar 28 Left-handed Right-arm medium
Mohammad Yasin 34 Left-handed
Adam Algar 26 Right-handed Right-arm off break
Prince Dhiman 31 Right-handed Right-arm medium
All-rounders
Yasir Ali 32 Right-handed Right-arm off break
Ravi Panchal 30 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
Shafat Ali Syed 27 Left-handed Left-arm medium
Wicket-keepers
Awais Ahmed 32 Right-handed
Mohammad Ihsan 27 Right-handed
Spin Bowlers
Charlie Rumistrzewicz 18 Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Lorne Burns 31 Right-handed Right-arm leg break Vice-captain
Ameer Hamzah 28 Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Pace Bowlers
Mohammad Kamran 36 Right-handed Left-arm medium-fast
Raja Adeel 36 Right-handed Right-arm fast
Atif Mehmood 36 Right-handed Left-arm medium-fast
Robiul Khan 28 Right-handed Right-arm fast

Head Coach

Corey Leigh Rutgers (born 28 May 1989 in Footscray, Victoria) is a former WA country and grade cricketer who played in Western Australia.[9][10] Rutgers is current coach of the Spanish national cricket team, Assistant Coach for Islamabad United PSL franchise and Pakhtoon T10 franchise.

From 2017 to 2018 he previously worked for the Netherlands team as an Assistant & Analyst coach.

In August 2019, Rutgers was appointed head coach of the Belgium national cricket team.[11]

On 14 December 2019, Rutgers was named as head coach of Falcon Hunters T10 franchise in the inaugural Qatar T10 league. Falcon Hunters went on to lift the championship.  

In November 2021, Rutgers signed with the Espana National cricket federation as head coach.[12]

Records and statistics

International Match Summary — Spain[13]

Last updated 26 February 2023

Playing Record
Format M W L T NR Inaugural Match
Twenty20 Internationals 33 24 8 0 1 29 March 2019

Twenty20 International

T20I record versus other nations[13]

Records complete to T20I #2005. Last updated 26 February 2023.

Opponent M W L T NR First match First win
vs Associate Members
 Belgium 1 0 1 0 0 4 July 2022
 Denmark 1 0 1 0 0 2 July 2022
 Finland 3 2 1 0 0 17 August 2019 17 August 2019
 Germany 7 4 3 0 0 8 March 2020 8 March 2020
 Gibraltar 2 2 0 0 0 26 October 2019 26 October 2019
 Guernsey 2 1 1 0 0 30 April 2022 30 April 2022
 Isle of Man 6 5 0 0 1 24 February 2023 24 February 2023
 Israel 1 1 0 0 0 29 June 2022 29 June 2022
 Italy 2 1 1 0 0 5 November 2022 5 November 2022
 Malta 3 3 0 0 0 29 March 2019 29 March 2019
 Norway 2 2 0 0 0 30 April 2022 30 April 2022
 Portugal 3 3 0 0 0 25 October 2019 25 October 2019

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "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. ^ "T20I matches - Team records". ESPNcricinfo.
  4. ^ "T20I matches - 2024 Team records". ESPNcricinfo.
  5. ^ a b "All T20 matches between ICC members to get international status". International Cricket Council. 26 April 2018. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  6. ^ "History".
  7. ^ "Malta vs Spain, Men's European T20I Tournament (Match-3)". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Tournament".
  9. ^ "National head coach role for ex-Karratha cricketer". Pilbara News. 24 October 2019. Retrieved 14 January 2022.
  10. ^ "PCB to facilitate safe return of four Islamabad United players". Daily Times. 13 March 2020. Retrieved 14 January 2022.
  11. ^ "Belgium: Back on track and aiming high". Emerging Cricket. 3 September 2020. Retrieved 14 January 2022.
  12. ^ "COREY RUTGERS NAMED THE NEW COACH OF CRICKET ESPAÑA – Cricket Spain". Retrieved 14 January 2022.
  13. ^ a b "Records / Spain / Twenty20 Internationals / Result summary". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 6 November 2022.
  14. ^ "Records / Spain / Twenty20 Internationals / Highest totals". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  15. ^ "Records / Spain / Twenty20 Internationals / High scores". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  16. ^ "Records / Spain / Twenty20 Internationals / Best bowling figures". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  17. ^ "Records / Spain / Twenty20 Internationals / Most runs". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  18. ^ "Records / Spain / Twenty20 Internationals / Most wickets". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
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