History of cricket
Iran has been one of the beneficiaries of the globalisation mantra that pervaded the cricket development ethos of the late 1990s and the game's administrators have subsequently taken advantage of its proximity to Pakistan to create a following for cricket.
While cricket in Tehran itself remains largely an expatriate game, 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.
The country's Olympic committee has allocated one ground to the Federation and three more grounds at Azadi, Thakti and Kiraj have also been earmarked for development. The national Olympic body is demonstrating increasing support of the country's cricket activity.
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. Interestingly, the majority of accredited umpires in Iran are women.
International cricket and developing the game
Iran first competed in the ACC Trophy in 2006, when it failed to reach the knockout stage, before taking part in the ACC Trophy Challenge in 2009 after the continent's teams were split into two sections. Iran finished third in its group before overcoming Brunei in the fifth place play-off.