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Physical Address: Fiji Cricket Association 14 Selbourne St, Suva, Fiji
Postal Address: Po Box 11931, Suva, Fiji
Telephone + 679 3 304 711
Fax + 679 3 301 647
General enquiry email: development.suva@cricketfiji.com.fj
gmcricket@connect.com.fj
General Manager: sonny.henderson@cricketfiji.com.fj
Website: http://www.cricketfiji.com.fj/

History

Cricket in Fiji started in 1874 in Levuka, Ovalau when a visiting Royal Naval Ship visited Levuka and played a local side, which was selected at the Royal Hotel in Levuka. This aroused a need to start a cricketing organisation to facilitate such travels and challenges from visiting teams especially Royal Naval Ships. The first trip of 1895 to New Zealand was a highlight of this small British Colonial administration and further trips and cricket matches eventuated leading to the tour of New South Wales in 1908 recognised as an official tour by the Fiji Cricket team. The Fiji Cricket Association was founded in 1946 by Philip Snow O.B.E with the support of Ratu Sir LalaSukuna who became the first President. In 1965, through the efforts of Philip Snow, Fiji was elected, together with Ceylon (as it then was) and U.S.A, as the first Associate Members of the International Cricket Conference (as it then was).

International Competition

The 1948 tour of New Zealand was the most successful tour of all times by any Fiji team and this was captained by Philip Snow and boasted names like Harry and Bill Apted, Pat Raddock, Ratu George Cakobau, Ilikena Bula, Aisea Tuidraki and Ratu Edward Cakobau to name a few. 1956 saw the West Indians visit Fiji and lose to the Fiji team that was led by the late Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara. The creation of the ICC Trophy in 1979 saw regular participation in top-level competition. The highlight of ICC Trophy campaigns would be in the Netherlands in 1990 when Fiji beat Bermuda with the likes of Cecil Browne and Neil Maxwell. Cricket in Fiji has seen a slump in the performance of the men's national team over the past 10 years and Fiji will play in World League 7 in 2013 having once been as high as world league 3.

Domestic Competition, Development & Women's Integration Programmes

With great assistance from the ICC regional office, Cricket Fiji has embarked on a new direction to set up a strong development base of quality elite players coming through from their various age-group competitions (U19 and U15), mainly from schools in the three main districts of Suva, Western and the Lau islands. Fiji Cricket has Development Officers employed in Suva, the West and has employed a further Development Officer on the Island of Moce in the Lau group. The development officers visit both high school and primary schools to introduce students to the game and support the local school competitions.

This prepares them to compete in the regional competition, which is played on synthetic surfaces played in Western, Suva and the Lau Group. This regional competition is played from October to April and the three main centres select their best representative teams to play in the annual All Stars tournament on Viti Levu. In order to generate more strength vs Strength cricket, Cricket Fiji host the Elite Player League 50 Over and T20 Competitions, with the best local and ex patriot players in Fiji battling it out for the competition duration.

Woman's Cricket is gaining in popularity, with the annual national woman's tournament now in place. The Fijian Woman's national team successfully toured Vanuatu in 2011 and will compete in EAP Woman's championship in 2013.

The annual Easter has been held for over 50 years, with representative teams from all the associations gathering in Suva annually, overseas teams from neighbouring Australia and New Zealand have participated in the tournament and last year's final was televised live on national TV, the first time that local cricket has ever been shown in Fiji.

Other Useful Information

2007 saw Fiji win the ICC Global Award for the Best Initiative on Aids through a programme in 2006 in conjunction with the UNAIDS and UNICEF office which created great publicity in the country. Cricket Fiji has also been in the forefront of Aids awareness in the country gaining much support from the UN organisations.

Cricket Fiji underwent significant management and governance changes to bring it into line with modern sports administration standards. A High Performance Manager was employed to lead the technical development of the game. In 2009, the Member associations approved a new constitution, which gives each member association the same voting rights and sees the Board moving to a policy making and strategic role. A Chief executive Officer was appointed to implement the strategic plan and direction of cricket in 2010.