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In the International Spotlight…Estonia Cricket

Posted by wildkiwi25 on December 14, 2008

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The Estonian Cricket Team is a fledgling team which represents the nation of Estonia in International Cricket competitions. Granted Affiliate Status in June 2008. Estonian cricket relies upon the support of touring sides from Britain and other European nations to get matches to play. In the 2007 season they won over 80% of all their games.

The president of the Estonian Cricket Association is Barry Jason, who currently holds the world record for the most amount of countries played in by one person, 128 in total. Estonians who have recently made the grade as International players include Andres Burget, Gleb Bihanov, Andrus Kämbre, Kristjan Kogerman, and Risto Koovit.

The most famous tourists to Estonia have been Sir Tim Rice, and his team the Heartaches, the MCC, the Lord’s Taverners and most recently Carmel & District Cricket Club captained by Timothy Abraham.

Estonia is also home to a unique variant of the game in Ice Cricket. The Ice Cricket World Championship is held annually in the Estonian city of Tallinn and is played upon the surface of a frozen lake. These tournaments are now sponsored by Bulmers Original Cider, Scottish & Newcastle, and they last from January until late March.

The year 2007 saw the formation of the Estonian cricket league. The league consists of four Tallinn based teams who compete in a round robin format. Players who are members of the Estonian Cricket League are eligible to be selected for the National side. 2007 saw a victory for Kalev CC captained by Andres Burget.

Links to more information on cricket in Estonia:

  • Estonian Cricket Website
  • Estonia Cricket on Cricinfo’s Beyond the Test World
  • Estonia Cricket Association on Facebook
  • Estonia Win Twenty20 Tournament

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    *Acknowledgements to Wikipedia.org and owners of pictures and videos used.

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