Future of Associate Countries in Cricket

CENTURION, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 19: Sachin Tendulkar of India celebrates his 50th Test century during day 4 of the 1st Test match between South Africa and India at SuperSport Park on December 19, 2010 in Centurion, South Africa. (Photo by Duif du Toit / Gallo Images/Getty Images)

In the past, we have seen many associate member countries enhancing their cricket legacy.
One of the current strongest international teams, India, became the sixth team to be granted test cricket status in 1932.

India, from past to present

In its first fifty years of International cricket, India was regarded as one of the weaker teams. It was due to the fact that it took almost 20 years for its first test victory.
In its first 196 test matches, it won only 35 times.

Things began to turn around with players like S. Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, G. Vishwanath and spin quartet, which gave a huge boost in the 1970’s.

Then, In 1983 something happened that changed the country’s viewpoint towards cricket. The Indian Cricket Team—regarded as weak in that era—came from nowhere to win the 1983 Cricket World Cup held in England and Wales. That was the moment, People of India gave blood to play cricket, and today in India, cricket is played across states, districts, cities, villages and many more.

India holds accountable for producing an absolute legend of this game, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. He has the record for most runs and most number of centuries in international cricket. Now, following in the footsteps of SRT, comes Virat Kohli who is just behind the legend.

The rise of Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwe Cricket Team has produced many greats like Andy Flower, Grant Flower, Brendan Taylor, Duncan Fletcher, Heath Streak, and others.

It was the team in 1983 World Cup that won against the Mighty Aussies with the help of Duncan Fletcher’s absolute masterclass all-round performance. Andy Flower is one of the greatest WK batsman of all time.

Bangladesh, not to be outdone

The Bangladesh U19 team recently won the U19 World Cup in 2020. Many young promising talents will be looked at for playing in the National Team. Bangladesh Cricket Team holds accountable for producing one of the greatest all-round players in Shakib Al Hassan.

Afghanistan Cricket Team, new to the game

Once regarded as an Associate Nation, Afghanistan was not given recognition as a full member of ICC until 2017. Since, the team won a huge 55 T20I’s in just 81 matches.

Many players namely, Rashid Khan, M. Nabi, Mujeeb ur Rahman, emerged from this team.

Ireland with some legendary talent

From this team came legendary Kevin ‘o Brien, who helped Ireland win against England in 2011 World Cup, which was the biggest upset at that time. To name just some of the greats of this team, Paul Stirling and K. O’Brien have been standouts for the side.

There are other teams looking to make inroads. here are some notable players:

U.A.E. Cricket Team

• Figy John
• Palaniapan Meiyappan
• Aryan Lakra

Scotland Cricket Team

• Kess Sajjad

Canada Cricket Team

• Akhil Kumar
• Mihir Patel

Zimbabwe Cricket Team

• Tadivanashe Marumani
• Sakhumuzi Ndela
• Gareth Chirawu

Afghanistan Cricket Team

• Ibrahim Zadran
• Safigullah Ghafari

Japan Cricket Team

• Kento Dobell

The above-mentioned players can be huge assets of their respective cricket teams in upcoming years.

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