Finland national cricket team

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Finland
Flag of Finland.svg
Flag of Finland
Nickname(s)Bears
Personnel
CaptainNathan Collins
CoachAndrew Armitage
International Cricket Council
ICC statusAssociate member[1] with T20I status (2017)
ICC regionEurope
ICC Rankings Current [2] Best-ever
T20I 66th 63rd (2-May-2019)
International cricket
First international21 August 2000 v Austria at Seebarn Cricket Centre, Austria
Twenty20 Internationals
First T20Iv  Denmark at Svanholm Park, Brøndby; 13 July 2019
Last T20Iv  Spain at Kerava National Cricket Ground, Kerava; 18 August 2019
T20Is Played Won/Lost
Total [3] 5 1/4 (0 ties, 0 no results)
This year [4] 5 1/4 (0 ties, 0 no results)
As of 23 August 2019

The Finnish national cricket team is the team that represents the Republic of Finland in international cricket. It is organised by the Finnish Cricket Association.

History[edit]

Cricket was first played in Finland in the 1960s, but didn't become formally organised until the 1970s, under the auspices of the Helsinki Cricket Club. More clubs were founded in the 1990s, and the Finnish Cricket Association was founded in 1999.[5] They became an affiliate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) the following year.[6] The CricketFinland logo/flag was designed by Jesse Karjalainen. In 2017, they became an associate member of the ICC.[1]

Cricket is growing in the country, and there are currently 10 teams contesting the national league, over 300 male players, 30 female players, 20 ECB qualified coaches, and over 30 qualified umpires.[5]

The Finnish national team has participated at various levels in European regional tournaments, their first coming in 2000, when they finished last in the ECC Representative Championship. They won the same tournament 2 years later, and were runners-up in 2004. They also competed in the ECC Affiliates Championship from 2001 to 2005, their best performance coming in their first year, when they finished in seventh place. They came last in 2005, placing them in Division Four of the newly expanded European Championship. They won that tournament in August 2006, giving them a spot in Division Three in 2007. In that tournament they were relegated to Division Four where they currently play.

In April 2018, the ICC decided to grant full Twenty20 International (T20I) status to all its members. Therefore, all Twenty20 matches played between Finland and other ICC members after 1 January 2019 will be a full T20I.[7] Finland's first T20I matches were played against Denmark on 13 July 2019, followed by a series against Spain the following month.[8][9][10]

International grounds[edit]

Locations of all stadiums which have hosted international cricket matches within Finland

Tournament history[edit]

European Cricket Championship[edit]

  • 2006: 1st place (Division Four)[11]
  • 2007: 8th place (Division Three)[12]
  • 2009: 5th place (Division Four)[13]

Finnish Cricket Association[edit]

The Finnish Cricket Association (Suomen Krikettiliitto ry) was set up in 1999 to develop and organise the game of cricket in Finland. The Finnish Cricket Association is currently responsible for the following areas:

  • Finnish national league (Suomen mestaruussarja), an 11 team league with clubs from the national capital Helsinki, and the cities of Turku and Tampere.
  • Youth development: An introductory level schools programme in the capital area, aided by developing club youth programmes.
  • National team: The national team won the 2006 European Championship Division 4, enabling them to move up to Division 3 in 2007, from which they were relegated back to Division 4.
  • Regional Development: Tampere and Turku are already thriving regional centres of cricket development. Oulu, Jyväskylä <http://www.cricketjyvaskyla.com> and Lahti form the basis of the expansion of this programme.
  • Umpiring: Each Finnish league game is officiated by ACUS/ ECC qualified umpires.[14]
  • The Finnish Cricket Championships

Domestic structure[edit]

Cricket in Finland has been expanding, here is the current list of teams playing in SM50 (the first division), SM40 (the second division), Developmental T20 League, Open T20 League and Indoor League.

Squad[edit]

Finland's Squad against Spain from 17-18 August 2019.

  • Nathan Collins (c)
  • Maneesh Chauhan
  • Hariharan Dandapani
  • Peter Gallagher
  • Abdul Ghafar
  • Md Nurul Huda
  • Aravind Mohan
  • Vanraaj Padhaal
  • Aniketh Pusthay
  • Shoaib Qureshi
  • Tonmoy Saha
  • Jonathan Scamans
  • Amjad Sher
  • Sanju Shrestha

Records[edit]

International Match Summary — Finland[15]

Last updated 18 August 2019
Playing Record
Format M W L T NR Inaugural Match
Twenty20 Internationals 5 1 4 0 0 13 July 2019

Twenty20 International[edit]

T20I record versus other nations[15]

Records complete to T20I #850. Last updated 18 August 2019.

Opponent M W L T NR First match First win
vs Associate Members
 Denmark 2 0 2 0 0 13 July 2019
 Spain 3 1 2 0 0 17 August 2019 17 August 2019

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ireland and Afghanistan ICC newest full members amid wide-ranging governance reform". International Cricket Council. 22 June 2017. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  2. ^ "ICC Rankings". International Cricket Council.
  3. ^ "T20I matches - Team records". ESPNcricinfo.
  4. ^ "T20I matches - 2019 Team records". ESPNcricinfo.
  5. ^ a b [1] Archived 8 May 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ The Home of CricketArchive. Cricketarchive.co.uk.
  7. ^ "All T20 matches between ICC members to get international status". International Cricket Council. 26 April 2018. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  8. ^ "Squads named for T20 Elite challenge matches on June 15th". Cricket Finland. 31 May 2019. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  9. ^ "Finland to host Spain in a T20I series; Spain will reciprocate in 2020". CricketEurope. 3 February 2019. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  10. ^ "Finland and Spain agree reciprocal T20 series". CricketEurope. 6 February 2019. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  11. ^ European 4th Division Championships 2006 Archived 26 August 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Cricketeurope4.net.
  12. ^ European 3rd Division Championships 2007. Cricketeurope4.net.
  13. ^ ICC European Division 4 Championship 2009. Cricketeurope4.net (13 September 2009).
  14. ^ [2] Archived 1 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ a b "Records / Finland / Twenty20 Internationals / Result summary". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 13 July 2019.

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