Cricket was introduced in Iran in the 1920s and 1930s by the British who were working in the oil industry but it ceased when the oil industry was nationalised in 1951. Cricket was reintroduced in the early 1990s by Iranians who had studied abroad. Iran joined the Asian Cricket Council in 2003. Tehran has now four clubs supported by expatriates. However the clubs at Chah Bahar, Iranshahr, Zahedan and Mashhad are made up almost entirely of locals.
Following their admission to the International Cricket Council, they made their international debut at the 2004 ACC Trophy, and played in the tournament again in the 2006 tournament. On both occasions, they failed to progress beyond the first round. With the separation of the ACC Trophy into Elite and Challenge divisions, following their performance at the 2006 ACC Trophy Iran have since competed in the Challenge divisions in both 2009 and in the 2010 competition, coming 5th in both.
Iran''s kits vary from year to year; the team have worn kits in green color, at times red kits and also grey kits. The kits always have ''Iran'' written on the front of the jersey; usually Iran''s cricket logo and at times sponsor logos also appear.
Iran women''s cricket team
Iran has a women''s cricket team which participated at 2009 ACC Women’s Twenty20 Championship. The team is currently coached by Hajra Sarwar and team''s captain is Nahid Hakimian.