The ICC welcomed Mongolia, Tajikistan and Switzerland as its latest associate members. This makes it a total of 106 cricket-playing nations across the globe as of today, including 12 full members and 94 associate members.
In what was a masterstroke by the ICC, they announced T20I status for all its members from 1st July 2018 for the Women’s game. The same has been in action for the men's game from 1st January 2019. This has been instrumental in helping the game expand across different geographical territories.
The ascent of Afghanistan and Ireland in recent years to Test status from that of Associate Members is also testament to the success of this program.
The international status in T20Is for the 94 associate members has helped the game grow. Additionally, it has also given us a few insane records that will take some beating.
Here are five unique records held by Associate teams in T20I cricket:
#1 Largest Margin of Victory (By Runs)
A 304-run victory would be classified as a dominating win even in Test matches. Even in the 40+ year history of ODIs, there have been no victories with a 300+ run margin.
But Ugandan Women achieved the feat in their T20I match against Mali on 20th June 2019. Batting first, they scored a mammoth 314/2 (The only instance of a 300+ score in T20I cricket) thanks to centuries from Prosscovia Alako and Rita Musamali. They were also helped by 61 extras (including 30 no-balls) from the bowlers, who did not have a good day on the field.
Mali were then dismissed for a paltry total of 10 in 11.1 overs as Uganda romped home to a record-breaking victory.
#2 Highest and Lowest Totals in the Same Match
In a match against Turkey, Czech Republic scored 278/4, which equalled the previous best - Afghanistan’s total of 278/3 against Ireland. This is the highest Total in Men’s T20I cricket.
In response, Turkey could muster just 21, which is the lowest completed score in a T20 international match. This was the first and only instance of the same match having the highest and lowest total ever in T20 Internationals.
While a high score of 278 could be beaten by teams in the future, it is highly unlikely that we will see another match where the records for both the highest and lowest scores are broken or equalled.
#3 Highest Partnership in T20I Cricket
This is another record that could be broken but will take some doing. Indonesia Women were the record setters here as openers Y Anggraeni and K Winda Prastini stitched together a partnership worth 257 runs against the Philippines in their match on December 21st, 2019.
They batted together for 19.4 overs, as Anggraeni scored a century while Winda Prastini remained unbeaten on 89. This is the highest partnership for any wicket in all T20 International Cricket.
#4 Oldest & Youngest Players on Debut
Osman Goker of Turkey made his debut against Romania on 29th August, 2019 at an age of 59 years and 181 days. He was the oldest player on debut across any format of cricket by some margin. In comparison, the oldest player on debut in Test cricket was James Southerton (49y 119d) for England, while the same in ODIs was Nolan Clarke (47y 240d) for the Netherlands.
Marian Gherasim of Romania made his debut against Bulgaria on 16th October, 2020 at the age of 14y 16d. He is the youngest player ever to have played an international match across formats. In comparison, the youngest player to have played ODIs was Hasan Raza (14y 233d) for Pakistan. Raza was also the youngest to have ever played Tests at the age of 14y 277d.
#5 Bowling figures of 4-4-0-0
Yes, you read that right. In a match between Tanzanian Women and Mali Women on 22nd June 2019, Tanzanian bowler Perice Mamunya bowled four consecutive maidens as she choked the life out of Mali’s chase of 286.
Mamunya remains the only bowler in T20I history to bowl four maidens, and will most likely hold the record for years to come.