Graeme Cremer

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Graeme Cremer
Personal information
Full name Alexander Graeme Cremer
Born (1986-09-19) 19 September 1986 (age 32)
Harare, Zimbabwe
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right-arm leg break
Role Bowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 67) 6 January 2005 v Bangladesh
Last Test 29 October 2017 v West Indies
ODI debut (cap 103) 27 January 2009 v Kenya
Last ODI 19 March 2018 v West Indies
ODI shirt no. 30
T20I debut (cap 20) 13 October 2008 v Canada
Last T20I 6 February 2018 v Afghanistan
Domestic team information
Years Team
2004–2005 Mashonaland
2006–2008 Northerns
2009–present Mid West Rhinos
2017—present Comilla Victorians
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I LA
Matches 16 96 27 138
Runs scored 472 624 65 1,614
Batting average 16.27 16.00 5.41 22.10
100s/50s 1/0 0/1 0/0 0/4
Top score 102* 58 17 63
Balls bowled 3,447 4680 534 6,662
Wickets 46 119 33 189
Bowling average 47.80 31.81 18.84 25.70
5 wickets in innings 1 3 0 4
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 n/a
Best bowling 5/125 6/46 3/11 6/33
Catches/stumpings 11/0 30/– 6/– 46/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 23 January 2017

Alexander Graeme Cremer (born 19 September 1986) is a Zimbabwean cricketer and was the captain of the Zimbabwe national cricket team, following the sacking of Hamilton Masakadza in May 2016.[1] However, in March 2018 he was sacked as the team captain, after Zimbabwe failed to qualify for the 2019 Cricket World Cup in the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier.[2] He is a leg-spinner who got into the Zimbabwe side at the age of eighteen, following the exits of Paul Strang, Andy Whittall and Ray Price from the Zimbabwean team.

In January 2019, Cremer put his cricketing career on hold to relocate to Dubai to be with his family.[3]

Early career

Educated at the prestigious Prince Edward School, Cremer was quite prolific in school cricket, taking many wickets. He made his Test debut against Bangladesh in Dhaka on 6 January 2005, a match that Zimbabwe went on to lose handing the Bangladeshi Tigers their first ever Test match victory.

International career

Cremer then played Tests against South Africa and New Zealand. Unfortunately Cremer, seen by many as a Test specialist, had his opportunities limited thereafter due to Zimbabwe's self-imposed exile from Test cricket. After several years on the fringes of the national team Cremer finally broke into the limited overs squad against the West Indies in late 2007. However, Zimbabwe's strong spin attack of Ray Price and Prosper Utseya meant he did not get any game time. It wasn't until the Al Barakah Cup Twenty20 tournament in Canada that Cremer was finally given a chance in the shorter format, and he made the most of it by taking 2/10 from his 3 overs.

He continued to be part of the squad in the subsequent series against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, often named 12th man. His ODI debut came in January 2009 against Kenya, and his first ODI series was outstanding. He finished the tournament as the leading wicket taker, with 15 wickets from 5 matches at an average of 11.46.

Cremer has also developed into a bowling all-rounder. His highest First Class score is an unbeaten 171 in the 2006–07 Logan Cup, while his First Class and List A averages are in the 20s.

When Zimbabwe returned to Test cricket in 2011, Cremer missed the one-off Tests against Bangladesh, Pakistan and New Zealand due to injury.[4] He was called up for his return to Test cricket, over six years since his last Test, for the one-off Test against New Zealand in January 2012.[5]Cremer had announced his retirement from Zimbabwe Cricket after disputes over payments in 2013.And had focused on becoming a professional Golfer.However in 2015 he made a surprise U-turn to play for Zimbabwe again and was selected for Pakistan tour.


Cremer was appointed as the interim captain of Zimbabwe team and they played first match under Cremer against India on June 2016. Despite loss all 3 ODIs against India, Zimbabwe won first T20I by 2 wickets, which was first victory under Cremer.[6]

Next, Zimbabwe played another home series against New Zealand, which was also whitewashed by New Zealand 2–0.[7][8] However, prior to Sri Lanka test tour, former Zimbabwean cricketer Heath Streak was appointed as the coach and Cremer stood as the captain for the series.

During the first Test at Harare, Cremer took four crucial wickets in Sri Lankan first innings and while bat, also scored his maiden Test century, guiding his team to avoid follow-on.[9] With this, He became the first Zimbabwe player and only the seventh captain to make a hundred and take four wickets in an innings of a Test. His efforts in both innings of the Test ended in vein, where they lost the match by 225 runs.During the first test,Graeme Cremer set a record for facing the most number of balls as a number 8 batsman in a test match facing 351 balls just after Wasim Akram who faced 363 balls as number 8 batsman in a single test.[10] However, Cremer was awarded man of the match for his all-round performance in the match.[11] Zimbabwe lost this series 0–2.

The test series was followed by a tri-series also featuring West Indies. Under Cremer, Zimbabwe advanced to the finals of a tri-series for the first time in six years with four different results – a loss, a tie, a no-result and a win. Zimbabwe lost the finals to Sri Lanka, however.

However, under his captaincy, Zimbabwe recorded their first ODI series win against Sri Lanka, which is recorded as their only fourth series win in all time. In the series, Zimbabwe recorded the first 300+ successful chase in Sri Lanka soil for the first time in 296 ODIs in Sri Lanka as well.[12][13]

His captaincy improved better and better with every game in all formats. On 16 July 2017, in the one-off test against Sri Lanka at R Premadasa Stadium, Cremer took his maiden test five-wicket haul. With that, Cremer became the first Zimbabwe captain to take a five-wicket haul as well.[14] However, Zimbabwe lost the match by 4 wickets, where Sri Lanka successfully chased 388 runs to post highest ever run-chase in Asia in tests. Cremer took 9 wickets in the match for 275 runs, which was recorded as best by a Zimbabwe captain in Tests.[15][16]

In March 2018, after Zimbabwe failed to progress from the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier tournament in Zimbabwe, Cremer was sacked by Zimbabwe Cricket.[2]


  1. ^ Zimbabwe sack Masakadza, Whatmore. ESPNcricinfo
  2. ^ a b "Zimbabwe Cricket sack captain Cremer and all coaching staff". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Graeme Cremer temporarily puts his career on hold". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  4. ^ Moonda, Firdose (24 November 2011). "Vitori and Cremer give Zimbabwe options". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 14 January 2012.
  5. ^ "Zim opener dropped after Aus grade stint". Sydney Morning Herald. 13 January 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2012.
  6. ^ "The captains' log – Zimbabwe's last 11 months". ESPNcricinfo. 9 June 2016. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  7. ^ "Cremer to lead Zimbabwe in Tests against New Zealand". ESPNcricinfo. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Cremer pleased with Zimbabwe's fight". ESPNcricinfo. 10 August 2016. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  9. ^ "Cremer's 102* helps Zimbabwe avoid follow-on". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  10. ^ "Batting records | Test matches | Cricinfo Statsguru | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
  11. ^ "Zimbabwe's fight ends in 225-run win for Sri Lanka". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  12. ^ "Raza stars in historic series win". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  13. ^ "Four reasons why this is a historic win for Zimbabwe". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  14. ^ "Raza and Waller stretch Zimbabwe's lead to 262". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  15. ^ "Sri Lanka pull off highest successful chase in Asia". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  16. ^ "Statistics / Statsguru / Test matches / Bowling records". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 July 2017.

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