Denmark national cricket team
The Denmark national cricket team is the team that represents the country of Denmark in international cricket matches. They have been an associate member of the International Cricket Council since 1966, and have previously been a part of the ICC's High Performance Program.
- Beginnings 1.1
- ICC membership 1.2
- Present day 1.3
Tournament history 1.4
- ICC World Cup Qualifier 1.4.1
- ICC World T20 Qualifier 1.4.2
- World Cricket League 1.4.3
- ICC 6 Nations Challenge 1.4.4
- ICC Trophy 1.4.5
- European Cricket Championship 1.4.6
- The future 2
- Current squad 3.1
- Other players 3.2
- ICC Trophy 4.1
- Statistics 4.2
- See also 5
- References 6
- External links 7
Cricket has been played in Denmark since the mid-19th century, with the first club being formed in 1865 by English railway engineers. The first organised match was played the following year between two teams of English players, with the first matches involving Danish players taking place in 1866. The game expanded greatly over the following twenty years, with 30 new clubs being formed in 1883.
Several touring sides from England and Netherlands failed, and it wasn't until 1954 when the Danish national side played their first match against Oxford University, the year after the current Danish Cricket Federation was formed.
They then began to play against other national sides, primarily the Netherlands, who they first played in 1955. They played their first match against Scotland in 1961.
Denmark became an associate member of the ICC in 1966, drawing their international against Scotland that year. They played Bermuda for the first time in 1969 and drew their first match against Ireland in 1970. They finally picked up their first international win against the Netherlands in 1972.
They played their first matches against Canada in 1974, losing a three-day match but winning the limited overs match. They played home internationals against East Africa and Sri Lanka, beating East Africa. They toured East Africa the following year, drawing with both East Africa and Kenya.
They took part in the first ICC Trophy in 1979, reaching the semi final where they lost to Sri Lanka. They did not take part in the 1982 tournament. In 1983, Ole Mortensen became the first Danish player to play county cricket. Denmark returned to the ICC Trophy in 1986 and finished third after beating Bermuda in the third place play-off.
In 1989, Denmark hosted Australia for two one-day matches. They lost the first match in Brøndby by 45 runs and lost the second in Copenhagen by 54 runs. They fared better at home against Canada that year, winning twice against them. After playing both home and away against Bangladesh in 1990, they played in the ICC Trophy, reaching the second round.
Denmark again played in the ICC Trophy in 1994, finishing tenth in the tournament after losing to Namibia in the plate final. They played their first matches against France in 1995, and hosted the first European Cricket Championship in 1996, finishing third. They finished fifth in the following years ICC Trophy and were runners up in the European Championship in 1998.
In 1999, Denmark took part in the NatWest Trophy for the first time. The following year, they took part in the ICC Emerging Nations Tournament in Zimbabwe, where they finished fourth, and the European Championship, where they finished last, without winning a game. The following year, they took part in the ICC Trophy in Canada, finishing eighth. The MCC toured Denmark in 2002, and Denmark won all three matches. They won just one match at that year's European Championship, finishing fifth ahead of Italy.
The Netherlands visited Denmark in 2003, winning both matches. Denmark played a two match series against Ireland later in the year, losing both matches and missing out on qualification for the ICC Intercontinental Cup. They again finished last in the European Championship the following year. In 2005, they played their final match in the Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy, losing heavily to Northamptonshire at Svanholm Park before taking part in the 2005 ICC Trophy, where they again finished eighth.
In 2006, Denmark again took part in the European Championship, finishing fourth after winning only against Italy. At the end of that year, it was announced that they would join the ICC's High Performance Program from 1 April 2007.
In August 2007, Denmark registered a win over Bermuda, an ODI playing country, and towards the end of October 2007 they played in Kenya against domestic teams and Kenya A. Denmark, led by Freddie Klokker who scored consecutive centuries in all their matches, clean swept the Kenyan sides and Kenya A. Denmark bowled, batted and fielded exceptionally well.
In November 2007, Denmark took part in Division Two of the World Cricket League. In finishing fourth, they qualified to compete in the 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifier. However, they eventually came last of the twelve teams, meaning they were relegated to Division Three of the World Cricket League. They next competed in the 2011 ICC World Cricket League Division Three, where they came 5th to be relegated to the Division Four.
ICC World Cup Qualifier
- 2009: 12th place
ICC World T20 Qualifier
- 2013: 16th place
World Cricket League
- 2007: Division Two 4th place
- 2011: Division Three 5th place
- 2012: Division Four 4th place
- 2014: Division Four 3rd place
ICC 6 Nations Challenge
- 2000: 4th place
- 2002: Did not participate
- 2004: Did not participate
- 1979: Semi-finals
- 1982: Did not participate
- 1986: 3rd place
- 1990: Second round
- 1994: 10th place
- 1997: 5th place
- 2001: 8th place
- 2005: 8th place
- 2009: 12th place
European Cricket Championship
- 1996: 3rd place
- 1998: Runners up
- 2000: 6th place (Division One)
- 2002: 5th place (Division One)
- 2004: 5th place (Division One)
- 2006: 4th place (Division One)
- 2008: 3rd place (Division One)
- The following list lists the 14 players in Denmark's squad for the 2014 ICC World Cricket League Division Four.
- Michael Pedersen (C)
- Aftab Ahmed
- Shehzad Ahmed
- Anders Bülow
- Yasir Iqbal
- Amjad Khan
- Zameer Khan
- Frederik Klokker (Wk)
- Kamran Mahmood
- Rizwan Mahmood
- Basit Raja
- Bashir Shah
- Hamid Shah
- Zishan Shah
- Highest team total: 284/6 v Hong Kong, 29 June 2001 at Maple Leaf Cricket Club, King City, Ontario, Canada
- Highest individual innings: 138 not out by Frederik Klokker v USA, 2 July 2005 at Armagh, Northern Ireland
- Best bowling in an innings: 7/19 by Ole Mortensen v Israel, 24 February 1994 at Nairobi, Kenya
Performances by Danish cricketers in 50 over World Cricket League matches and European regional competitions, as of 29 June 2014
|Notable former players|
5 wicket hauls
- Denmark at Cricket Archive
- Denmark added to ICC High Performance Program, ICC Europe Media Release, 20 December 2006 at European Cricket Council
- A Timeline of Danish Cricket at CricketEurope
- 1979 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
- 1982 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
- Scorecard of Bermuda v Denmark, 4 July 1986 at Cricket Archive
- Scorecard of Denmark v Australia, 5 September 1989 at Cricket Archive
- Scorecard of Denmark v Australia, 6 September 1989 at Cricket Archive
- 1990 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
- Scorecard of Denmark v Namibia, 1 March 1994 at Cricket Archive
- 1996 European Championship at CricketEurope
- Scorecard of Denmark v Netherlands, 5 April 1997 at Cricket Archive
- 1998 European Championship at CricketEurope
- ICC Emerging Nations Tournament at CricketEurope
- 2000 European Championship at CricketEurope
- 2001 ICC Trophy points table at Cricket Archive
- Official site of the 2002 European Championship
- 2004 European Championship at CricketEurope
- Scorecard of Denmark v Namibia, 11 July 2005 at Cricket Archive
- 2006 European Championship at CricketEurope
- http://icc-cricket.yahoo.com/wcl/homepage.html ICC-Cricket, retrieved 21 July 2008
- 2002 ICC 6 Nations Tournament at CricketEurope
- 2004 ICC 6 Nations Tournament at CricketEurope
-  Cricinfo, Accessed 20 August 2008
- Denmark players at Cricket Archive
- Denmark totals of 200 and more in an innings in the ICC Trophy at Cricket Archive
- Individual scores of 100 and more in an innings for Denmark in the ICC Trophy at Cricket Archive
- Five or more wickets in an innings for Denmark in the ICC Trophy at Cricket Archive
- Official website