Cricket in Iceland
|Cricket in Iceland|
|Governing body||Krikketsamband Íslands|
|First played||20th century|
Cricket is a fledgling sport in Iceland, with only a couple of teams playing the sport. Iceland is not a member of the International Cricket Council (ICC), but has ambitions to eventually join the European Cricket Council, which would make it an associate member of the ICC.
It is likely that cricket was introduced to the country in the 20th century by immigrants and expatriates from cricket-playing nations such as England, Australia, and India. The 1944 edition of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack records two wartime games played between the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy, with the Air Force winning by 36 runs in the first game and 24 runs in the second.
Efforts to grow participation in cricket by Icelanders are ongoing, however, there remains strong competition from more popular and established sports, such as football, handball, swimming, skiing and athletics.
A national team was formed in 2008, and competed at the 2016 Pepsi Cup tournament in Prague, finishing fifth out of six teams. They played their first (unofficial) international match, a win against Switzerland, in England during July 2018. Members of the r/Cricket forum on Reddit had raised money for the team through crowdfunding and became their official sponsors.
Two cricket clubs, the Reykjavík Vikings and the Kópavogur Puffins, were set up in 2014. They compete in a five-match series for the Domestic Cup, now rebranded as the Volcanic Ashes as part of the Reddit sponsorship. A six-a-side indoor tournament called the Íslensk Premier League (ÍPL) was introduced in 2018.
Iceland's first purpose-built cricket ground, the most northerly in the world, opened in Hafnarfjörður in May 2019 and was officially inaugurated by Katrín Jakobsdóttir, the Prime Minister of Iceland. Previously the country had no turf wicket, with matches being played on astroturf football pitches.
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