East Africa
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ICC membership granted 1966
First ODI match v New Zealand at Edgbaston, England, June 7, 1975
Captain Harilal Shah
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Last ODI match v England at Edgbaston, England, June 14, 1975
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The East Africa cricket team was a cricket team representing Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia. East Africa was an Associate Member of the ICC from 1966 to 1989, after which its place was taken by East and Central Africa.

East Africa appeared in the 1975 World Cup and the 1979, 1982 and 1986 ICC Trophies. In the last two of these the Kenya competed alone, so that East Africa was effectively a Ugandan/Tanzanian/Zambian team.

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Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda combined to form the East Africa cricket team in 1958 and they played their first game was against a Non-European South African team that same year. Later the three nations were joined by Zambia and became an associate member of the ICC in 1966. The four countries played in a quadrangular tournament held annually between until 1980.

International teams toured East Africa sporadically with India touring in 1967, England in 1972 and a visit by the MCC in 1974.

East Africa was invited to compete in the 1975 World Cup in England and had warm-up matches against Somerset, Wales, Glamorgan and various club sides. East Africa played its first ODI against New Zealand at Edgbaston. The team played two further ODIs during the tournament against India at Headingley and England at Edgbaston. East Africa struggled against the Test playing nations in their group, losing heavily in all their ODIs. The World Cup was followed by a first-class match against Sri Lanka played at the County Ground, Taunton.

East Africa continued to play in the ICC Trophy in 1982 and 1986, however East Africa ceased to be a member of the ICC in 1989 when it was amalgamated into the East and Central Africa cricket team. Kenya became a member of the ICC in their own right in 1981.

In total, East Africa played three ODIs. Eight players played in all four ODIs: Eight East African players took part in all three matches: Frasat Ali, Jawahir Shah, Mehmood Quaraishy, Parbhu Nana, Ramesh Sethi, Samuel Walusimbi, Zulfiqar Ali and Harilal Shah. Two players have acted as wicket-keeper, with Hamish McLeod keeping wicket in two matches and Praful Mehta in one. Parbhu Nana has claimed more wickets in ODI matches than any other East African, having taken 4. Harilal Shah captained East Africa in all three of the teams ODIs.

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