Creating an Emerging Nations Match List

One of my interests as a cricket statistician has been cricket from emerging nations, ie those nations which are not full members of the ICC. Generating statistics for these matches has been difficult as there is no specific match list of these matches to draw from and also scorecards are additionally difficult to source due to the geographic spread of nations playing cricket. I have now come up with a set of parameters for these matches which I have set out below. I welcome any feedback regarding these definitions which can always be tweaked.

Defining an Emerging Nations Match

What will count

  • Matches between National Teams which are not Full Members of the ICC.
  • Matches between National Teams and teams which are representative of Full Members of the ICC.
  • For Women’s Matches, Full Members shall be defined as those Nations who are part of the ICC Women’s Championship
  • Teams which have been elevated to Full Member status will have matches included between National Teams and themselves prior to the date of their elevation to Full Membership of the ICC.
  • Matches can be either Multi-Day, Limited Overs or Twenty20.
  • Matches against the Marylebone Cricket Club will only count when that touring side is the main English International Touring Side (between 1903/04 and 1976/77).
  • National Teams do not have to be an Associate Member of the ICC to be included in the definition of an Emerging Nations Match.
  • Some matches included already have First-Class, List A or Twenty20 Status.

What matches will not count

  • Matches between National Teams and Youth Teams of either National Teams or Full Members of the ICC.
  • Matches played by combined sides or festival sides against National Teams are not included except in the case of East/East & Central Africa and West Africa including matches played as part of a tournament.
  • Matches played by South Africa during their period of isolation from world cricket.
  • Warm up matches between National Teams prior to the start of a tournament.
  • Fill-up matches between sides as defined in section one.

Notes on the Nations

  • Afghanistan – Matches included against National Teams included up until their elevation to Full Member status on 22 June 2017. Afghanistan is not classed as a Full Member in terms of women’s matches.
  • Bangladesh – Matches included against National Teams included up until their elevation to Full Member status on 16 June 2000. Bangladesh is not classed as a Full Member in terms of women’s matches.
  • Belize – Includes matches played as British Honduras.
  • China – Includes matches played by Shanghai in the Interport Series.
  • East Africa – Includes matches played as East & Central Africa.
  • Germany – Includes matches played as West Germany.
  • Ghana – Includes matches played as Gold Coast.
  • Ireland – Includes matches played by Northern Ireland in the Commonwealth Games as well as matches played against National Teams prior to their elevation to Full Member status on 22 June 2017. Ireland is not classed as a Full Member in terms of women’s matches.
  • Malawi – Includes matches played as Nyasaland.
  • Malaysia – Includes matches played as Federated Malay States and Malaya.
  • Namibia – Includes matches played as South West Africa.
  • Nigeria – Includes matches played as Southern Nigeria.
  • Samoa – Includes matches played as Western Samoa.
  • South Yemen – Includes matches played as Aden.
  • Sri Lanka – Includes matches played as Ceylon and includes matches played against National Teams prior to their elevation to Full Member status on 17 February 1982.
  • Tanzania – Does not include matches played by Tanganyika and Zanzibar. Matches played by these teams are included as separate entities.
  • Vanuatu – Includes matches played as New Hebrides.
  • Zambia – Includes matches played as Northern Rhodesia.
  • Zimbabwe – includes matches played against National Teams prior to their elevation to Full Member status on 6 July 1992. It does not include matches played as Rhodesia or Zimbabwe-Rhodesia as they were part of the South Africa Domestic Competition. Zimbabwe is not classed as a Full Member in terms of women’s matches.

Notes on Tournaments

  • WCL Africa Region – Matches involving South African sides are not included.
  • Commonwealth Games – Match list only includes only matches involving Canada, Kenya, Malaysia, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
  • European Championships – Matches involving England representative sides are included as they are a representative side from a Full Member Nation.
  • Olympic Games – The match from the 1900 Olympics is not included as the Great Britain side was not a fully representative side.
  • Pacifica Championship – Matches involving New Zealand Maori are not included.
  • South American Championships – Matches involving Argentina A, Andean Masters, Chile A, or Guyana Masters are not included.
  • Triple Crown Tournament – Matches involving England representative sides are included as they are a representative side from a Full Member Nation.

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