Cricket in Ukraine
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|ICC status||non-member (n/a)|
|yet to play representative cricket|
|As of 1 August 2007|
- 1 Ukrainian cricket team
- 2 Governing body and tournaments
- 3 Stadium
- 4 Finances
- 5 Dignitaries visiting KCC
- 6 Overseas tour team visiting KCC
- 7 Overseas tours of UCB/ KCC team
- 8 KCC office bearers
- 9 Future of cricket in Ukraine amongst Ukrainians
- 10 Schedule of cricket for the season
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Ukrainian cricket team
The Ukrainian cricket team is a fledgling team which represents the nation of Ukraine in international cricket competitions. They are not officially endorsed by the International Cricket Council and are therefore not entitled to participate in ICC official events, however they do have an application to the European Cricket Council pending, which should see them granted affiliate status in the near future.
Governing body and tournaments
KCC (Kyiv Cricket Club) and UCB ( Ukrainian Cricket Board ) is the main cricketing body of Ukraine. For almost 12 years (since 2000) KCC/UCB is organizing cricket in Ukraine. Ukraine's cricket calendar is full of activities with three major tournaments. The first is ASMC (Amit Sisodia Memorial Cup) which is a national tournament and is running since 2006. In 2012 - eight teams have participated in the tournament. KCL ( Kyiv Cricket League ) is now running successfully for last 5 years and is limited to teams from Kyiv Oblast (state) with allowance of 4 players from anywhere of Ukraine and 1 Ukrainian player in the playing XI. In 2012, 7 teams participated. The last tournament of the season is Champion's League which includes the semi-finalists of the two earlier tournaments.
Most of the matches for last 5 years are being conducted at Voskhod Stadium (address Street Prevokzalnaya 12) which essentially is a football pitch adapted for cricket. Cricket matches are being played on a matting wicket. The format consists of T-20 (ICC Rules).
Business people or expats from south-east Asian countries (mainly from India) support KCC financially in order to carry out the activities.
Dignitaries visiting KCC
In the past some of the great ambassadors of game who have visited KCC are Farrokh Engineer, Marvan Attapattu, Jeevan Mendis and Gayan Wijekoon.
Overseas tour team visiting KCC
In June 2012, (Manland Dads CC) became the first overseas team to tour Kyiv. The BBC has covered the event and please click below link to listen to the BBC coverage on KCC and cricket in Ukraine. https://soundcloud.com/shailesh-purohit/kcc-bbc
Overseas tours of UCB/ KCC team
In June 2016, UCB team has participated in MCL ( Mediterranean Cricket League ) organised at Split(Croatia)and has won the tournament.
KCC office bearers
Cricket in Ukraine is mainly happening due to untiring love and affection for the game, and the main officer bearers of KCC are Thamarai Pandian, Rajesh Singh, Anand Prakash, Shailesh Purohit and Wayne Zschch.
Future of cricket in Ukraine amongst Ukrainians
Home Ground of KCC and UCB is at Stadium Voskhod, Kiev, Ukraine . KCC along with Wayne Zschch of Kagarlyk Cricket Club has one ground at Kagarlyk, which has a cement wicket covered with Astro turf. The plan is to introduce Cricket in schools and help youngsters understand and play the game.
Schedule of cricket for the season
ASMC (Amit Sisodia Memorial Cup) - 8 team tournament ) ; KCL (Kyiv Cricket League)- 6 to 8 team tournament ; Champion's League - 4 to 6 team tournament.
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