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In the International Spotlight…Czech Republic Cricket

Posted by wildkiwi25 on January 18, 2009

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The Czech cricket team is the team that represents the country of the Czech Republic in international cricket matches. They became an affiliate member of the International Cricket Council in 2000. They are scheduled to make their competitive international debut in Division Four of the European Championship in 2009. They were originally scheduled to play in the same tournament in 2006, but withdrew due to funding problems. The Czech Republic has an ICC backed and sponsored league. The CCU Cup is held from May to July every year. The 2008 CCU winners were Prague Cricket Club. The teams that participate in the CCU Cup are: Prague CC, Vinohrady CC, Prague Bohemians CC and Prague barbarians.

There is no current official national team selection panel. Recently, an unofficial national team from the Czech Republic came second in an ICC supported Euro Twenty 20 tournament which took place at the Carmel & District Cricket Club in Wales. They were beaten by Estonia with 3 balls remaining in the final over after beating Russia and a Cricket Board of Wales team in the group stage, and a team representing Poland in the semi-final.

In August 2008, the Czech Republic hosted the Prague International Twenty 20 cricket cup [4]at their Vypich ground. Teams from Russia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria joined a team representing the Czech Republic in this 2 day Twenty 20 event. Unfortunately, the team from Belarus was unable to attend due to visa complications and there place was filled by a Czech B team. After seeing off Bulgaria and Hungary quite comfortably in the group stages, the Czech Republic surprisingly had a much harder time beating Romania in the semi-final, with Romania requiring only 9 to win with 3 wickets in hand in the last over they ran out of batsmen. In the final, the Czech Republic collapsed to 61 all out against a much improved Russia team from their last encounter in the Euro Twenty 20 tournament and Russia knocked off the required runs within 11 overs, leaving the Czech team runners up in an international final once again.

The Current Team (unofficial): Craig Hampson (c), Josef Jindra, Steve Elder, Tim Hort, Manjeet Malik, Lawrence Acheson, Scott Page, Mik Stary (wk), Sunny Roy, Hugo Banks, Manish Sahijwani, Suditha Udugala, Lukas Fencl.

The Czech Republic national coach is Scott Page.

Links to more information on Czech Republic Cricket:

  • Czech Republic Cricket at Cricinfo’s Beyond the Test World blog
  • Czech Cricket Union website

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

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