Population: 80,840,713 (July 2014 est.)
Population Aged 0-14: 23.7%
Men’s Coach: Mahmood Rashid
Men’s Captain: Abdolvahab Ebrahimpour
Women’s Coach: Mozhdeh Bavandpour
Women’s Captain: Nasimeh Rahshetaei
Cricket clubs: 25
Grounds: 15
Turf wickets: 0
Playing Season: September to April

ACC Member since 2003
ACC Development Officer: Iqbal Sikander

Recent Achievements:

2012 Winners, Spirit of Cricket Award ACC Trophy Challenge
2012 Monir Habibi, Volunteer of the Year, Pepsi ICC Development Programme Awards
2013 Winners, Spirit of Cricket Award ACC Women’s Championship

Personnel qualified from ACC Courses:

Coaches: Level I and II – 108, Level III – 1
Umpires: Level I and II – 45
Curators: Module I – 1, Module II – 1, Module III – 2

Iran has been one of the beneficiaries of the globalization mantra that pervaded the cricket development ethos of the late 1990s. The administrators have taken advantage of their proximity to Pakistan to create a following for the game.

Iran has, however, to paraphrase Churchill, been an enigma wrapped around a riddle inside a mystery for much of their international cricket life since becoming members of the ACC and ICC.

Cricket has been introduced to the north and west of the country and there is much activity in the southern Chabahar and Baluchistan regions of Iran. These regions border Pakistan and there is increasing evidence, as they develop commercially and welcome cross-border interaction, that cricket is attracting more and more local people. Invariably from impoverished backgrounds, their desire to play irrespective of all obstacles facing them, is humbling. Their effort inspiring, and their joy enriching.

Cricket because of its body-covering uniform is seen as something that women can observe and participate in and women’s cricket is being increasingly encouraged. The majority of accredited umpires in Iran are currently women. There are eight provincial women’s teams in the country playing regular cricket and Iran has more registered women players, coaches and umpires of all the countries in the Gulf region.

The women’s team, along with the men’s and youth teams have shown considerable competitive spirit in their outings and when more game sense is added to their determination, along with better preparation, they will cause some upsets.

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