Cricket playing nations

International Cricket Council’s Full Members (Test playing countries)

  1. Australia (granted full member status in 1877)
  2. England (granted full member status in 1877)
  3. South Africa (became a full member nation in 1889)
  4. West Indies (granted full member status in 1928)
  5. New Zealand (granted full member status in 1930)
  6. India (granted full member status in 1932)
  7. Pakistan (granted full member status in 1952)
  8. Sri Lanka (became ICC’s full member in 1981)
  9. Zimbabwe (granted full member status in 1992)
  10. Bangladesh (became ICC’s full member in 2000)
  11. Afghanistan (granted full member status in 2017)
  12. Ireland (granted full member status in 2017)

International Cricket Council's Member countries, members

International Cricket Council’s Associate Members

  1. Argentina (ICC Associate member since 1974)
  2. Belgium (ICC Associate member since 2005)
  3. Bermuda (ICC Associate member since 1966)
  4. Botswana (ICC Associate member since 2005)
  5. Canada (ICC Associate member since 1968)
  6. Cayman Islands (ICC Associate member since 2002)
  7. Denmark (ICC Associate member since 1966)
  8. Fiji (ICC Associate member since 1965)
  9. France (ICC Associate member since 1998)
  10. Germany (ICC Associate member since 1999)
  11. Gibraltar (ICC Associate member since 1969)
  12. Guernsey (ICC Associate member since 2008)
  13. Hong Kong (ICC Associate member since 1969)
  14. Israel (ICC Associate member since 1974)
  15. Italy (ICC Associate member since 1975)
  16. Japan (ICC Associate membership attained in 2005)
  17. Jersey (ICC Associate membership attained in 2007)
  18. Kenya (ICC Associate member since 1981)
  19. Kuwait (ICC Associate membership attained in 2005)
  20. Malaysia (ICC Associate member since 1967)
  21. Namibia (ICC Associate member since 1992)
  22. Nepal (ICC Associate member since 1996)
  23. Netherlands (ICC Associate membership attained in 1966)
  24. Nigeria (ICC Associate membership granted in 2002)
  25. Oman (ICC Associate status granted in 2014)
  26. Papua New Guinea (PNG) (ICC Associate member since 1973)
  27. Scotland (ICC Associate membership attained in 1994)
  28. Singapore (ICC Associate membership attained in 1974)
  29. Suriname (ICC Associate membership attained in 2011)
  30. Tanzania (ICC Associate member since 2001)
  31. Thailand (ICC Associate membership granted in 2005)
  32. Uganda (ICC Associate membership granted in 1998)
  33. United Arab Emirates (UAE) (Became an ICC Associate member in 1990)
  34. United States of America (USA) (ICC Associate member since 1965)
  35. Vanuatu (Became an Associate member in 2009)
  36. Zambia (ICC Associate membership attained in 2003)

International Cricket Council’s Affiliate Members

  1. Austria
  2. Bahamas
  3. Bahrain
  4. Belize
  5. Bhutan
  6. Brazil
  7. Bulgaria
  8. Burma
  9. Cameroon
  10. Chile
  11. China
  12. Cook Islands
  13. Costa Rica
  14. Croatia
  15. Cyprus
  16. Czech Republic
  17. Estonia
  18. Falkland Islands
  19. Finland
  20. Gambia
  21. Ghana
  22. Greece
  23. Hungary
  24. Indonesia
  25. The Isle of Man
  26. South Korea
  27. Lesotho
  28. Luxembourg
  29. Maldives
  30. Mali
  31. Malawi
  32. Malta
  33. Mexico
  34. Mozambique
  35. Norway
  36. Panama
  37. Peru
  38. Philippines
  39. Portugal
  40. Romania
  41. Russia
  42. Rwanda
  43. Qatar
  44. Samoa
  45. Saudi Arabia
  46. Serbia
  47. Seychelles
  48. Sierra Leone
  49. Slovenia
  50. Spain
  51. St Helena
  52. Swaziland
  53. Sweden
  54. Turks and Caicos
  55. Turkey
  56. Morocco

FAQs

1. A total of how many countries play cricket professionally? In other words, how many are on the list of countries that play cricket?

As you can see, cricket is being played in and by 104 countries around the world. 22 Africa teams, 16 America teams, 21 Asia countries, 11 East Asia Pacific countries, and 34 European nations, making this one of the most popular team sports.

2. What is the criterium for becoming an ICC Full Member?

International cricket teams who are qualified to play Test match cricket are known as Full Members. Essentially, however, those countries who have a proper first-class cricket infrastructure in place are granted Full membership. And at present, ICC recognises 12 countries as Full Member nations.

3. What is the criterium for becoming an ICC Associate member?

Countries where cricket is well-established and being organised properly qualify as ICC Associate members. And at the ICC’s annual conference in London in 2017, the Affiliate Membership was scrapped. So, the only two types of ICC Membership are the Full and Associate. Currently, 92 Associate Members exist.