Updated: Defining an Emerging Nations Match

This update covers the following changes:

  • Inserting additions for India, New Zealand, Pakistan and West Indies for matches played by their national team prior to gaining Test Status
  • Adding in the Lagos Colony matches as a forerunner of national team matches played by Nigeria.
  • Adding a provision which rules out matches played by cricket clubs which cover a national teams area or identity. This covers teams such as Christmas Island, Montenegro and Sark.
  • Slight changes to the Marylebone Cricket Club definition of matches between 1903/04 and 1976/77.

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 for that season (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.
  • Matches played by a cricket club which represents a national area. Examples of this include Christmas Island, Montenegro and Sark.
  • Warm up matches between National Teams prior to the start of a tournament.
  • Fill-up matches between sides as defined in section one.
  • Matches involving sides of 6 or 8 players or matches played against the odds

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.
  • India – Includes matches played against National Teams prior to their elevation to Full Member status on 25 June 1932.
  • 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.
  • New Zealand – Includes matches played against National Teams prior to their elevation to Full Member status on 10 January 1930.
  • Nigeria – Includes matches played as the Lagos Colony and Southern Nigeria.
  • Pakistan – Includes matches played against National Teams prior to their elevation to Full Member status on 16 October 1952.
  • 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.
  • West Indies – Includes matches played against National Teams prior to their elevation to Full Member status on 23 June 1928.
  • 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.
  • 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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