Fiji national cricket team
The Fiji national cricket team is the team that represents the country of Fiji in international cricket matches. They have been an associate member of the International Cricket Council since 1965, though their history goes back to the late 19th century.
They regularly take part in regional tournaments including the cricket tournament at the South Pacific Games. They have taken part in every ICC Trophy tournament with the exception of the 2005 event. They are currently ranked at 38th in the world by the ICC, and are the second ranked non-test team in their region.
- 1 History
- 1.1 Early days
- 1.2 Early tours
- 1.3 Post War period
- 1.4 ICC membership
- 1.5 Tournament history
- 2 Players
- 3 References
Cricket was introduced to Fiji by European settlers in 1874, and the native population began taking up the game in 1878. The governor of Fiji at the time listed introducing cricket to the native Fijians as one of the achievements of his tenure in his memoirs.
1895 tour of New Zealand
Fiji's team on the tour in 1895 was captained by John Udal, whose great-grandson Shaun would eventually play Test cricket for England. The first match of the tour was a two-day match against Auckland, which Fiji lost by an innings.
A low scoring second match against Otago was drawn after rain washed out the first of the two days. The third match against Canterbury was also lost by an innings, before a draw against Wellington.
1908 tour of Australia
In January 1908, Fiji toured Australia. Only one result is known from this tour, a draw against Queensland in a two-day match, highlighted by a seven wicket haul for Pope Cakpbau. The team played 26 matches against state, university and district sides between 11 December 1907 and 30 March 1908.
Post War period
Fiji toured New Zealand twice more, in 1948 and 1954. Fiji's first match against a Test-playing nation came in 1956, when the West Indies visited. Fiji won the match against a team featuring the likes of Garfield Sobers by 28 runs despite being bowled out for 91, largely thanks to a six wicket haul from John Gosling.
1948 tour of New Zealand
The tour continued with a 46 run defeat by Otago and concluded with a 115 run win against Auckland. One notable player for Fiji on this tour was IL Bula, who scored the most runs and the only century on the tour. Bula's full name is Ilikena Lasarusa Talebulamainavaleniveivakabulaimainakulalakebalau, and his name is thought to be the longest of any first class cricketer.
1954 tour of New Zealand
Just four matches were played on the 1954 tour, which started with a two wicket defeat to Otago. The tour continued with another two wicket defeat, this time to Canterbury, before a 117 run defeat to Wellington. The tour ended with a seven wicket win against Auckland. The team included Ratu Kamisese Mara who would go on to become the Prime Minister and President of Fiji.
Fiji gained associate membership of the ICC in 1965. They played in the first ICC Trophy tournament in 1979, and played in every one until 2001. They also played in the first ACC Trophy in 1996, losing in the semi-final to the UAE.
In 2001, Fiji played in the first Pacifica Cup in Auckland, reaching the final where they lost to the New Zealand Māori by three wickets. They played in the 2002 tournament in Samoa, finishing third after beating the Cook Islands in a play-off.
In 2003, Fiji hosted the South Pacific Games. The cricket tournament saw the hosts lose to Papua New Guinea in the final. The following year, they took part in the EAP Challenge in Fuji City, Japan, winning after beating Tonga in the final. This qualified them for the repêchage tournament for the 2005 ICC Trophy. At that tournament in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, they reached the final, where they lost to Papua New Guinea by 30 runs, thus missing out on the 2005 ICC Trophy.
In 2006, Fiji played in the 2006 ICC EAP Cricket Trophy in Brisbane, Australia. They won the tournament winning all of their matches against the Cook Islands and Japan, qualifying them for Division Three of the World Cricket League in Darwin, Australia. They warmed up for the tournament with a three match series at home against Vanuatu, winning all three matches, but were unsuccessful in the tournament itself, losing all five games they played, thus meaning they will have to take part in Division Four in 2008.
Fiji took part in the 2010 ICC World Cricket League Division Five in Nepal, where they finished sixth and last and in doing so failed to win a single match in the tournament. Fiji then played in the 2011 ICC World Cricket League Division Six and finished sixth and last and in doing so were relegated to 2013 ICC World Cricket League Division Seven.
World Cricket League
- 2007: Division Three Eighth place
- 2008: Division Four Fifth place
- 2010: Division Five Sixth place
- 2011: Division Six Sixth place
- 2013: Division Seven Third place
- 1979: First round
- 1982: First round
- 1986: First round
- 1990: Plate competition
- 1994: Plate competition
- 1997: 11th place
- 2001: First round
- 2005: Did not qualify
South Pacific Games
- 1979: Bronze medal
- 1987: Silver medal
- 1991: Silver medal
- 2003: Silver medal
- 2007: Silver medal
- 2011: Silver medal
Fiji's most famous player is Neil Maxwell, who played first-class cricket for New South Wales and Victoria in Australia, and for Canterbury in New Zealand in addition to representing Australia A. Nat Uluiviti is the other Fijian to have played first-class cricket for a team other than Fiji, playing for Auckland in the 1950s.
- The following table lists the players in the Fiji squad for the 2013 East Asia Pacific T20 World Cup Qualifier
- Josefa Rika (Captain)
- Greg Browne
- Joji Bulabalavu
- fiji airways
- Jone Wesele Batinibulu
- Vuiyasawa Mateiwaqa
- Tikovanualevu Kida
- Sevunivola Babav
- Sekove Ravoka
- Eric Browne
- Colin Rika (Wk)
- Tukana Tavo
- Kitione Tavo
- Viliame Yabaki
- Peniseni Kotoisuva
- Jone Seuvou
- Rukesh Patel
- Samuela Draunivudi
- Fiji at Cricket Archive
- History page at official site
- 2007 South Pacific Games cricket points table
- ICC Trophy matches played by Fiji at Cricket Archive
- One-day rankings at the official website of the ICC
- Fiji in New Zealand, 1894/95 at Cricket Archive
- John Udal at Cricket Archive
- Scorecard of Auckland v Fiji, 25 January 1895 at Cricket Archive
- Scorecard of Otago v Fiji, 1 February 1895 at Cricket Archive
- Scorecard of Canterbury v Fiji, 8 February 1895 at Cricket Archive
- Scorecard of Wellington v Fiji, 15 February 1895 at Cricket Archive
- Scorecard of Hawke's Bay v Fiji, 19 February 1895 at Cricket Archive
- Scorecard of Taranaki v Fiji, 22 February 1895 at Cricket Archive
- Fiji in Australia, 1907/08 at Cricket Archive
- Scorecard of Queensland v Fiji, 1 January 1908 at Cricket Archive
- Fiji in New Zealand, 1947/48 at Cricket Archive
- Fiji in New Zealand, 1953/54 at Cricket Archive
- Scorecard of Fiji v West Indies, 12 January 1956 at Cricket Archive
- Scorecard of Auckland v Fiji, 13 February 1948 at Cricket Archive
- Scorecard of Wellington v Fiji, 1 March 1948 at Cricket Archive
- Scorecard of Canterbury v Fiji, 5 March 1948 at Cricket Archive
- Scorecard of Otago v Fiji, 13 March 1948 at Cricket Archive
- Scorecard of Auckland v Fiji, 3 April 1948 at Cricket Archive
- First-class Batting and Fielding for Fiji in New Zealand 1947/48 at Cricket Archive
- IL Bula at Cricinfo
- Scorecard of Otago v Fiji, 12 February 1954 at Cricket Archive
- Scorecard of Canterbury v Fiji, 19 February 1954 at Cricket Archive
- Scorecard of Wellington v Fiji, 26 February 1954 at Cricket Archive
- Scorecard of Auckland v Fiji, 6 March 1954 at Cricket Archive
- 1996 ACC Trophy results summary at Cricinfo
- 2001 Pacifica Cup at CricketEurope
- 2002 Pacifica Cup at CricketEurope
- Report from final of the 2003 South Pacific Games
- EAP qualifying for the 2005 ICC Trophy at the official website of the 2005 ICC Trophy
- Scorecard of Fiji v Papua New Guinea, 27 February 2005 at Cricket Archive
- Vanuatu in Fiji, 2006/07 at Cricket Archive
- 2007 ICC World Cricket League Division Three at CricketEurope
- WCL structure for 2006–2009
- Papua New Guinea take home the gold, by Andrew Nixon, 2 September 2007 at CricketEurope
- 1979 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
- 1982 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
- 1986 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
- 1990 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
- 1994 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
- 1997 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
- 2001 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
- 2005 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
- Neil Maxwell at Cricket Archive
- Nat Uluiviti at Cricket Archive