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ICC Intercontinental Cup

ICC Intercontinental Cup
Administrator International Cricket Council
Format First-class cricket
First tournament 2004
Tournament format Round-robin and Knockout
Number of teams Varies
(Highest 14)
(Recently 8)
Current champion  Ireland
Most successful  Ireland (4 titles)
Most runs Steve Tikolo (1,918)[1]
Most wickets Trent Johnston (81)[2]
2015–17 ICC Intercontinental Cup
2015–17 ICC World Cricket League Championship

The ICC Intercontinental Cup is a International Cricket Council as part of its cricket development programme. It is designed to allow Associate Members of the ICC the chance to play first-class cricket matches against teams of similar skill in a competition environment and prepare them for eventual promotion to Test cricket status.

Contents

  • Tournament history 1
    • 2004 ICC Intercontinental Cup 1.1
    • 2005 ICC Intercontinental Cup 1.2
    • 2006–2007 ICC Intercontinental Cup 1.3
    • 2007–2008 ICC Intercontinental Cup 1.4
    • 2009–10 ICC Intercontinental Cup 1.5
    • 2011–13 ICC Intercontinental Cup 1.6
    • 2015–17 ICC Intercontinental Cup 1.7
  • Team records 2
  • All time table 3
  • Records and statistics 4
    • Team records 4.1
    • Individual records 4.2
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Tournament history

2004 ICC Intercontinental Cup

The inaugural ICC Intercontinental Cup was completed on 22 November 2004 when Scotland won the title in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.[3] Scotland beat Canada by an innings and 84 runs in the final. The competition included 12 teams, divided by geographical region into four groups of three. Each team played the other two teams in its group once each. The top team in each group then progresses to the semi-finals, and the winners of those to the final. In order to encourage competitive play and avoid deadlocks, a point system including bonus points was used.

2005 ICC Intercontinental Cup

The tournament was played for the second time in 2005.

Hong Kong came in to replace Malaysia, and the Cayman Islands replaced the United States who were ejected from the competition by the ICC because of then ongoing political problems within cricket in the US.[4] The points system was also modified so that teams could score unlimited batting points in the first innings and a maximum of 4 points in the second innings.

The tournament was won by Ireland who defeated Kenya in the final.[5]

2006–2007 ICC Intercontinental Cup

The tournament was cut from 12 to eight teams, with Hong Kong, the Cayman Islands and Uganda losing the right to participate, while Namibia knocked out Nepal in a play off for the eighth place. The match length was extended from three to four days, and each team was scheduled to play at least three matches. The teams were divided into two groups of four, with each team playing the other once and the top two teams qualifying for the final, and the points system has also been changed: 14 points are now awarded for a win, and six for a first-innings lead. Due to preparations for the 2007 World Cup and the longer tournament, the final was played in May 2007, where Ireland defeated Canada to defend their title.

2007–2008 ICC Intercontinental Cup

The 2007–08 tournament was played as a single round-robin league of eight teams, so that each team played seven matches.[6] The teams ranked first and second at the end of the pool stage contested the final.

Namibia finished on top at the pool stage, but lost the final against second placed Ireland in late October in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Ireland thus completed a hat-trick of Intercontinental Cup victories, having been undefeated in the competition, and having won three consecutive make-or-break away fixtures in Africa (against Namibia, Kenya and Namibia again) to clinch the title.

2009–10 ICC Intercontinental Cup

The 2009–10 tournament was expanded to two divisions and 11 teams.[7] Ireland, the Netherlands, Scotland, Canada, Kenya, and Afghanistan played in the top division, joined by Zimbabwe A. Meanwhile, United Arab Emirates, Namibia, Bermuda and Uganda played in the Intercontinental Shield. Afghanistan won their first title, beating Scotland in the final.

2011–13 ICC Intercontinental Cup

In December 2010, the ICC announced that the 2011–13 tournament would revert to the 8 team, single division format of the 2007–08 season and that the Intercontinental Shield would be scrapped. The sixth staging of the Cup ran from June 2011 to October 2013. and includeed the top six associate and affiliate teams with One Day International status (ICC World Cricket League Division 1); Afghanistan, Canada, Ireland, Kenya, Netherlands and Scotland. The remaining two places were allotted to UAE and Namibia who finished in the top two of the ICC Intercontinental Shield and ICC World Cricket League Division 2.[8] Later the ICC Development Committee decided to select the 3rd and 4th placed teams from the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 (Bermuda and Uganda) and two qualifiers to proceed from WCL Division 3 (Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea) bringing the total to 12 teams.[9] A 50-over tournament was run alongside the re-expanded Intercontinental Cup.[8]

The final of the 2011-13 competition was held in December 2013 between Ireland and Afghanistan, with Ireland winning their 4th Intercontinental Cup title.

2015–17 ICC Intercontinental Cup

In the wake of changes announced by ICC following its revamp in January 2014 when India Australia and England Cricket Boards gained more control it was declared that the next winner of the intercontinental cup would get an opportunity to play 4 tests against the bottom ranked test nation.[10]

Team records

Overall Record
Year Winner Runner-Up
2004  Scotland  Canada
2005  Ireland  Kenya
2006–07  Ireland  Canada
2007–08  Ireland  Namibia
2009–10  Afghanistan  Scotland
2011–13  Ireland  Afghanistan
2015–17 TBA TBA

All time table

The 2006 challenge match between Namibia and Nepal, the abandoned match between Scotland and Kenya in 2008 as well as the forfeited match between Zimbabwe and Scotland in 2010 are not included. Complete up to the 2013 final.[11]

Team TP TW M W L D Win%
 Ireland 6 4 32 20 2 10 78.1%
 Scotland 6 1 28 11 6 11 58.9%
 Kenya 6 30 9 13 8 38.9%
 Netherlands 6 28 4 15 9 16.0%
 Canada 6 29 6 17 6 31.0%
 Namibia 5 23 11 8 4 56.5%
 United Arab Emirates 5 23 5 9 9 41.3%
 Bermuda 4 15 3 8 4 33.3%
   Nepal 2 4 2 0 2 75.0%
 Uganda 2 4 1 3 0 25.0%
 Afghanistan 2 1 15 11 1 3 83.3%
 Zimbabwe XI 1 5 3 0 2 80.0%
 United States 1 2 1 1 0 50.0%
 Hong Kong 1 2 0 1 1 25.0%
 Malaysia 1 2 0 2 0 0.0%
 Cayman Islands 1 2 0 2 0 0.0%

Key: TP/TW=Tournaments participated/won, M=Matches played, W/L/D=wins/losses/draws, Win%=percentage of games won, a draw counts as half of a win.

Intercontinental Shield Record
Year Winner Runner-Up
2009–10  Namibia  United Arab Emirates

In 2009 a second competition, the Intercontinental Shield, was introduced for the four teams placing 7th through 10th in the 2009 World Cup Qualifier. The matches are also first-class and the rules and points system are the same as for the Intercontinental Cup. The current teams in the Intercontinental Shield are Bermuda, Namibia, Uganda and United Arab Emirates. In December 2010 after the end of the Intercontinental Shield the ICC announced that it would be scrapping the Shield competition and returning to the 8 team Intercontinental Cup format of the 2007–08 season.[9]

Complete up to the 2010 final between the UAE and Namibia.

Team TP TW M W L D Win%
 Namibia 1 1 4 3 1 0 75.0%
 United Arab Emirates 1 4 2 1 1 62.5%
 Uganda 1 3 1 1 1 50.0%
 Bermuda 1 3 0 3 0 0.0%

Key: TP/TW=Tournaments participated/won, M=Matches played, W/L/D=wins/losses/draws, Win%=percentage of games won, a draw counts as half of a win.

Records and statistics

Team records

Highest totals
Team Total Opponent Year
 Namibia 630/7  Kenya 2012
 Bermuda 620  Netherlands 2006
 Namibia 609  Uganda 2010
 Zimbabwe XI 590  Ireland 2010
 Ireland 589/7  UAE 2013

Source: ESPNcricinfo. Last updated 3 June 2015.

Lowest totals
Team Total Opponent Year
 Bermuda 56  UAE 2010
 Ireland 69  Namibia 2008
 Ireland 75  Kenya 2012
 UAE 76    Nepal 2005
 Canada 79  Scotland 2008
 UAE  Namibia 2010

Source: ESPNcricinfo. Last updated 3 June 2015.

Largest winning margins
Team Margin Opponent Year
 Canada innings and 228 runs  UAE 2007
 Namibia innings and 185 runs  Bermuda 2010
 Ireland innings and 170 runs  UAE 2007
 Scotland innings and 165 runs  Canada 2008
 Namibia innings and 149 runs  UAE 2006

Source: ESPNcricinfo. Last updated 3 June 2015.

Individual records

Most runs
Player Team Span Mat Inns Runs Avg Highest 100s 50s
Steve Tikolo  Kenya 2004–2010 19 32 1,918 63.93 220 6 7
Arshad Ali  UAE 2004–2013 24 46 1,756 39.90 185 4 9
Khurram Khan  UAE 2004–2015 19 32 1,696 44.63 121* 4 10
Andrew White  Ireland 2004–2013 26 36 1,552 57.48 152* 5 9
Saqib Ali  UAE 2006–2015 18 32 1,542 55.07 195 6 5

Source: ESPNcricinfo. Last updated 3 June 2015.

Highest scores
Player Score Team Opponent Year
Ryan ten Doeschate 259*  Netherlands  Canada 2006
David Hemp 247*  Bermuda  Netherlands 2006
Ed Joyce 231  Ireland  UAE 2015
Gerrie Snyman 230  Namibia  Kenya 2008
Steve Tikolo 220  Kenya  Bermuda 2005

Source: ESPNcricinfo. Last updated 3 June 2015.

Highest partnerships
Runs Players For Against Year
1st 374 Raymond van Schoor & Ewald Steenkamp  Namibia  Bermuda 2010
2nd 304 Jeremy Bray & Niall O'Brien  Ireland  UAE 2005
3rd 360 Andre Botha  Ireland  UAE 2007
4th 267 Steve Tikolo & Hitesh Modi  Kenya  Ireland 2005
5th 214* Kevin O'Brien & Andrew White  Ireland  Kenya 2008
6th 234 Andre Botha & Alex Cusack  Ireland  Scotland 2007
7th 219 David Hemp & Saleem Mukuddem  Bermuda  Netherlands 2006
8th 161 Vusi Sibanda & Regis Chakabva  Zimbabwe XI  Kenya 2009
9th 180 Sunil Dhaniram & Kevin Sandher  Canada  UAE 2007
10th 71 Khurram Chohan & Hiral Patel  Canada  Afghanistan 2010

Source: ESPNcricinfo. Last updated 3 June 2015.

Most wickets
Player Team Span Mat Overs Wkts Avg Best 5 10
Trent Johnston  Ireland 2004–2013 25 577.1 91 16.35 6/23 3 0
Umar Bhatti  Canada 2004–2010 18 491.0 78 20.56 8/40 7 2
Hiren Varaiya  Kenya 2006–2013 18 566.4 77 21.66 6/22 7 2
Louis Klazinga  Namibia 2006–2013 18 491.4 74 21.14 5/20 3 0
Dwayne Leverock  Bermuda 2004–2008 15 685.5 71 26.47 7/57 6 2

Source: ESPNcricinfo. Last updated 3 June 2015.

Best bowling figures
Player Figures Team Opponent Year
Ali Asad 9/74  UAE    Nepal 2004
John Davison 9/76  Canada  United States 2004
Ian van Zyl 8/34  Namibia  Ireland 2006
Umar Bhatti 8/40  Canada  Bermuda 2005
John Davison 8/61  Canada  United States 2004

Source: ESPNcricinfo. Last updated 3 June 2015.

References

  1. ^ "Records / ICC Intercontinental Cup / Most runs". cricinfo.com. 
  2. ^ "Records / ICC Intercontinental Cup / Most wickets". cricinfo.com. 
  3. ^ "Scotland cruise to innings victory". Cricinfo.com. 22 November 2004. 
  4. ^ "ICC expels USA from Intercontinental Cup". Cricinfo.com. 8 August 2005. 
  5. ^ "Ireland secure Intercontinental glory". Cricinfo.com. 29 October 2005. 
  6. ^ "New-look Intercontinental Cup schedule unveiled". Cricinfo. 27 April 2007. 
  7. ^ "ICC Intercontinental Cup to be expanded to two divisions for 2009–10". ICC Europe. 19 May 2009. 
  8. ^ a b "UAE and Namibia join Intercontinental Cup". Cricinfo. 17 May 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "ICC revamps Intercontinental Cup and scraps Shield". Cricinfo. 6 December 2010. 
  10. ^ "An 11th Test country?". ESPN Cricinfo. 30 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Records / ICC Intercontinental Cup / Result summary". cricinfo.com. 

External links

  • ICC Official site
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