It was the gardeners of rich aristocratic families who first started cricket in Austria by forming the Vienna Cricket and Football Club in the 19th century. Later the British occupying troops also played the sport during World War 2. Austrian cricket is predominantly based in the capital city and in 1975 Kerry Tattersall founded Vienna Cricket Club, and three cricket grounds were built since, bringing steady growth.
Austria first played international cricket in 2002 playing in the ICC European Championships going winless in the tournament. After a hiatus of seven years, AUT returned in 2009 playing the European Championship Division Four in Cyprus winning four of the five matches.
In 2017, Austria joined ICC as an associate member and is one of the founding members of ICC Europe (earlier European Cricket Council). AUT have participated and hosted numerous ICC European tournaments and played a significant role in setting up the European Indoor Championships.
Currently ranked 41 in the ICC T20 Mens rankings, Austria will be a fiercely combative T10 unit as most of their line-up have impressed in a host of European Cricket Network events in Austria over the past two years.
Captain: Razmal Shigiwal
Wicketkeeper: Abrar Bilal
Projected Opening Bowlers: Aqib Iqbal, Sahel Zadran
Spin Options: Sahel Zadran, Sahil Momin, Abdullah Akbarjan, Iqbal Hossain
Abdullah Akbarjan, talented left-arm slow bowler with good pace variations, is generally very economical, scalped TWO HAT-TRICKS at FanCode ECS Austria Vienna. Also holds the record of bowling the joint second most economical spell in T20Is for players to have bowled a full quota of four overs giving away just four runs in four overs. He is a handy batsman too.
Mark Simpson Parker, talented all-rounder, impressed on his debut ECS season this year racking up 264 runs and picking up 12 wickets. The youngster also holds the record of 13th highest 3rd wicket partnership in T20Is (with Razmal Shigiwal), posting 123 vs Luxembourg.
Zeeshan Goraya, a dependable top order batsman who can shift gears when needed, has racked up 412 runs in 17 ECS innings and has also scalped 24 wickets.
Shahil Momin, slow left arm orthodox, very talented, has good cricketing sense and is a decent batsman as well. Has scored 90 runs and picked up 11 wickets in six ECS games. The all-rounder also mustered 61 runs on his T20I debut against Belgium earlier this year.
Abrar Bilal, attacking batsman, likes to take charge early in his innings, has fairly impressive ECS numbers scoring 420 runs in 21 innings. He can also roll his arm if needed.