Cricket nations

Notable Cricket Nations

The sport of cricket, much like football, has a global appeal that has spread throughout the majority of the world. You can find national cricket teams in all four corners of the globe, not simply restricted to England, Australia, or the United States like other popular sports.

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India

More recently known for its colourful Indian Premier Leauge, the Indian national cricket team has had its fair share of success since it was granted its Test status in 1932. In 1983, the Indian national side won their first World Cup, losing only twice over the entire competition. Since then, they have continued to dominate both the One Day and Test scenes, and the introduction of Twenty20 cricket was yet another form of the sport for the Indians to succeed at. They took out the title in their first World Twenty20 championship, and although they haven’t won the tournament since, they still boast a fearsome squad of cricketers.

Famous Indian cricketers: Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, Sunil Gavaskar.

Australia

While Australia’s glory days may be well and truly over, the nation from Down Under still sport an incredibly talented cricket squad. Still maintaining a fierce rivalry with England that began back in the late 19th century, the Australian cricket team saves most of its ferociousness for the battle between itself and the Poms, in the form of The Ashes. As most of its former greats drift into national team retirement and IPL glory, a new breed of Australians are being groomed to follow in their illustrious footsteps. You will rarely find an international tournament to wager on where Australia are not favourites to win.

Famous Australian cricketers: Don Bradman, Allan Border, Shane Warne, Ricky Ponting.

England

Ever since their first Test match against Australia in 1877, England have been a force to be reckoned with. While they have faded somewhat into the shadow of their southern hemisphere counterparts, the English national team are still considered one of the powerhouses of world cricket. We saw just how strong they are, no matter what form of the sport they are contesting, in the recent Twenty20 World Cup, where they emerged as victors. But no matter how well or poorly England are playing, they will always be regarded as the fathers of this great sport.

Famous English cricketers: Ian Botham, Andrew Flintoff, C.B. Fry, Michael Vaughan.

South Africa

Currently sitting third on the ICC ODI Championship leaderboard, South Africa have always been something of an inconsistent bunch. They have achieved the highest of highs, but also have had to deal with the lowest of lows. From the late 1990s to early 2000s, South Africa produced arguably their finest ever national squad, consisting of some of the best cricketers the world had ever seen, let alone South Africa. Since that time, they have slowly fallen down the rankings. While their Twenty20 and One Day form hasn’t necessarily been great over the past few years, their Test side is unmistakeably brilliant, and continues to cause problems for the best cricketing nations in the world.

Famous South African cricketers: Grahame Pollock, Herschele Gibbs, Jonty Rhodes, Jacques Kallis.

West Indies

The West Indies may no longer sport the likes of Brian Lara and Malcolm Marshall, but they are still highly regarded as an exceptional cricketing nation. As recent hosts of the Twenty20 World Cup, they once again proved to the world just how much the Caribbean countries love their cricket. The West Indies aren’t an old cricketing team, having only been granted their Test status in 1928, but they have achieved plenty within the ensuing decades. Even though the sport has evolved into many different forms, the West Indies continue to be an exciting team to watch.

Famous West Indian cricketers: Brian Lara, Malcolm Marshall, Vivian Richards, Garfield Sobers.

Pakistan

South Asian countries have long produced some of the top cricketing squads to rival Australia and England, and Pakistan is no different. The young cricketing nation has generated a number of legendary teams throughout the years, with several tournament and championship wins to show for it. In more recent years, they have been unable to compete with the top cricketing nations, but with a strong history behind them and a rampant community of fans, Pakistan are always considered a threat on the pitch.

Famous Pakistani cricketers: Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Imran Khan, Inzamam ul-Haq.

Sri Lanka

The youngest of the top eight Test nations, Sri Lanka was only awarded its Test status in 1982. The country has competed at an international level since 1926, but it has only been in the past few decades that Sri Lanka has risen to the greatest heights of cricket. Releasing some of the best batsmen and bowlers over the years, Sri Lanka continues to be regarded as one of the most consistent Test squads in the world.

Famous Sri Lankan cricketers: Sanath Jayasuria, Chaminda Vaas, Muttiah Muralitharan, Aravinda de Silva.

New Zealand

New Zealand is one of the lowest ranked countries in Test matches, but still manages to produce the goods when playing ODI fixtures. The Black Caps have a higher ICC ODI Championship rating than England, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and the West Indies, and they even finished runners-up at the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy. Australia may have their Ashes rivalry, but the trans-Tasman contests between the Aussies and Kiwis always produces a brilliant game of cricket.

Famous New Zealander cricketers: Stephen Fleming, Richard Hadlee, Daniel Vettori, Chris Cairns.

First-class cricket isn’t just restricted to these eight nations, though. In fact, there are countless more that compete in ICC World Cup. Other international cricket countries include: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Canada, Ireland, Kenya, Netherlands, Scotland, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, and Zimbabwe.

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