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Cricket Countries 2024

Cricket is a match-play between two 11-player teams - involving a bat and ball. Innings divide a match. During each inning, one team bats, two batters at a time, and the other team bowls (throws). The team that scores the most runs wins. Matches can last for hours or, in rare cases, days. But with over 2.5 billion fans, it is the world's most popular sport.

Cricket is synonymous with English culture and primarily played in countries founded or protected by the British Empire. The earliest reference to the sport is traced to 18th-century southeastern England. And, It wasn't until the 19th century that the first international matches were held.

Cricket is governed by the 12-country International Cricket Council (ICC), a 104-member body with full, associate, and One Day status. The International Cricket Council oversees international play and the Cricket World Cup. The ICC was founded in 1909 with just three countries - England, South Africa, and Australia. Each member country also has a national cricket governing body.

There are some 4,200 professional male and female cricketers worldwide, with an estimated 30 million registered players. India leads the top ten with the most male professional players at 1030. Sri Lanka has 510 registered players, while Pakistan and South Africa have roughly 450 professional players each. England currently lists 410 professional cricketers. The remaining countries of New Zealand, Australia, Bangladesh, West Indies, and Afghanistan each have approximately 200 players.

Experienced or not, cricket is played at some level in over 120 countries.

In tournament play, the "Big Three," England, India, and Australia, all former British colonies, dominate the cricket pitch. Other ICC member nations include India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. South Africa and Australia, both founding members, are also on the governing roster. New Zealand joined in 1973. The Middle Eastern countries of Afghanistan and Pakistan are also ICC members. The Cricket West Indies, a collaborative effort of six island nation cricket associations, includes Barbados, Guyana, and Trinidad and Tobago. The Leeward Islands and the Windward Islands are also included. The Caribbean island country of Jamaica rounds out the group.

  • Ranking Last Updated: 03 Oct 2023
  • The International Cricket Council (ICC) is the global governing body for international cricket, encompassing men's, women's and youth participation and competition. It is governed by the ICC Constitution.
  • Full Members are the governing bodies for cricket of a country recognised by the ICC, or nations associated for cricket purposes, or a geographical area, from which representative teams are qualified to play official Test matches
  • Associate Members are the governing bodies for cricket of a country recognised by the ICC, or countries associated for cricket purposes, or a geographical area, which does not qualify as a Full Member, but where cricket is firmly established and organized.
  • Cricket may also be played casually or in local leagues in countries that do not belong to the ICC (and are therefore not listed).

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Country
ICC Member Status
Men's ODI Ranking
Men's T20 Ranking
Men's Test Ranking
Women's ODI Ranking
Women's T20 Ranking
IndiaFull11144
New ZealandFull53553
AustraliaFull24211
PakistanFull356108
South AfricaFull46435
Sri LankaFull78777
BangladeshFull89989
AfghanistanFull910
ZimbabweFull1111101312
NamibiaAssociate161217
IrelandFull13131110
NepalAssociate151521
NetherlandsAssociate14161215
United Arab EmiratesAssociate191716
OmanAssociate181845
Papua New GuineaAssociate1911
CanadaAssociate2031
Hong KongAssociate2122
United StatesAssociate172223
UgandaAssociate2318
JerseyAssociate2428
MalaysiaAssociate2526
KuwaitAssociate2646
BahrainAssociate2744
QatarAssociate2857
BermudaAssociate29
KenyaAssociate3024
ItalyAssociate3127
TanzaniaAssociate3219
Saudi ArabiaAssociate33
SpainAssociate3435
GermanyAssociate3533
SingaporeAssociate3647
GuernseyAssociate3752
NigeriaAssociate3830
PortugalAssociate39
Cayman IslandsAssociate40
DenmarkAssociate4156
BelgiumAssociate42
Isle of ManAssociate4334
AustriaAssociate4458
NorwayAssociate4560
VanuatuAssociate4629
BotswanaAssociate4742
FinlandAssociate48
SwitzerlandAssociate49
JapanAssociate5051
MalawiAssociate51
Czech RepublicAssociate52
FranceAssociate5336
SwedenAssociate5438
RomaniaAssociate5550
Cook IslandsAssociate5655
ArgentinaAssociate5766
IndonesiaAssociate5820
MozambiqueAssociate5948
MaltaAssociate6049
GhanaAssociate6163
RwandaAssociate6225
FijiAssociate6361
BhutanAssociate6443
LuxembourgAssociate65
CyprusAssociate66
PhilippinesAssociate6765
Sierra LeoneAssociate6839
BahamasAssociate69
BelizeAssociate70
HungaryAssociate71
PanamaAssociate72
SerbiaAssociate7462
GibraltarAssociate75
BulgariaAssociate76
LesothoAssociate77
GambiaAssociate78
EstoniaAssociate79
TurkeyAssociate80
MaldivesAssociate81
CroatiaAssociate82
GreeceAssociate8332
SamoaAssociate8453
SeychellesAssociate85
EswatiniAssociate8664
CameroonAssociate8754
China40
ThailandAssociate13
Myanmar41
Cambodia59
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How many countries play cricket?

A worldwide sport popular with roughly 2.5 billion people, there are 10 full members of the International Cricket Council.

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