The CF Board is delighted to announce it has re-appointed Sriharsha Kuchimanchi to continue as a formally contracted umpire starting this weekend until end-July 2018.
Following just over 2 action-packed months as contracted umpire for CF for the first time last year, and having completed the 1st part of his ICC/ECB Level 1A course at KNCG in October, Sriharsha returned to Hyderabad. While there he has stood in 60+ matches during the recent Indian season, which has been an excellent way to progress his already strong umpire craft.
Once again, the main aims for Sriharsha will be to stand in as many Div.1 league T20 & SM40, SM-Viikko and Elite T20 games as possible in his position on the new Elite Panel (as communicated earlier this month). Sriharsha will also actively assist with the task to educate our resident umpires and help improve their field-craft, while standing with a more experienced partner.
LSC/Aadhavan will be tasked with the coordination and practicalities related to ensuring the above is a success and that in as many cases as possible the umpires that stand with Sriharsha are the ones that really want to develop further as umpires. Please do contact LSC if you too wish to become a more active umpire.
The re-appointment is another step in improving umpiring standards in Finland and we wish Sriharsha a very warm welcome back to a very hot Finland cricket summer!
Further to our request for club player nominations for the first ever Cricket Finland T20 Elite League (see original post details here), we received 45 player nominations for the remaining 26 places up for grabs. Thanks to all the clubs that sent nominations through!
Tournament selectors Andrew Armitage (NT manager), Nathan Collins (NT skipper), Yasir Quadir (NT coach) & Maneesh Chauhan (national U21 coach & NT player) reviewed at length the nominations, asked in some cases for more information and studied in detail statistics from recent seasons before coming up with their final decisions for the 3 squads.
Congratulations to those selected and commiserations to those that missed out this time. We will still be keeping a close eye on performances during the season, so don't give up hope and keep training hard to impress later in the year. For those selected, we will be in touch personally to confirm your availability for the 3 dates. In the interim please make sure you have read through the original Elite tournament post above.
To all Club Contacts, Players, Partners and friends of cricket,
We are looking forward to our biggest summer of cricket yet starting this coming weekend and look forward to your participation and support in making 2018 another successful year for cricket in Finland.
Check out the latest bumper edition of the already (in)famous Off Breaks newsletter #7/2018 via this online link: https://bit.ly/2I8SIIm
Enjoy the read and please do give us your feedback!
P.S. What a difference a month makes in the Finnish "overnight" spring! KNCG below today compared with exactly a month ago, when still under snow...
On the back of huge demand for more umpire courses, now that the sittings on May 5th and May 6th at the Kerava National Cricket Ground clubhouse are full, so please note you can now register/book your place on the following dates where places are available (minimum 10 needed to warrant hosting):
TURKU MAY 12th: https://www.suomisport.fi/events/654b0277-a3c2-44b7-9c77-bf3fc1339817
KNCG MAY 13th: https://www.suomisport.fi/events/9e7fa06c-2a9b-47a2-ad02-1da6b3e95346
Book now online via the above links to SUOMISPORT.
Dear FCA member clubs,
Please find attached the final agenda for the 2018 AGM which will be held at Sporttitalo, Valimotie 10, Helsinki the 28th of April starting at 1 pm. Also attached is a document to help you find the venue (map, picture) and remind you of some practical questions.
The action plan and budget for 2018 are also attached. Unfortunately these are only in Finnish at the moment.
On behalf of the commitee,
20.04.2018 (via email to clubs)
To all Club Contacts & Players,
Please read through this newsletter as it contains important information about the upcoming cricket season, including the latest playing conditions for both SM40 and SMT20 leagues, as well as information about captains meetings, etc.
We are looking forward to our biggest summer of cricket yet and look forward to your participation and support in making 2018 another successful year for cricket in Finland.
Check out our action- and info-packed latest Off Breaks newsletter #6/2018, for all players summer! Link here: https://bit.ly/2H79isp
Or download the Off Breaks newsletter in PDF here.
Cricket Finland are excited to announce an exclusive new partnership with TIFLEX Limited, who will be supplying cricket balls across all levels for the ever-growing cricketing community in Finland.
“Tiflex are delighted to have been chosen as sole supplier of cricket balls to the Finnish Cricket Association. We are particularly excited to be part of Finland’s rapidly growing involvement in cricket and look forward to building a long and successful partnership.” - Nathan Searle, Cricket Specialist
“The Finnish Cricket Association is delighted to work with top quality ball producer Tiflex, whose attention to detail, customer service and focus on our long-term development goals were key factors in securing the cricket balls tender.” - Andrew Armitage, Chairman, CricketFinland
The partnership with Tiflex will start with league balls supply for all Cricket Finland's 2018 leagues, covering all divisions of 40- and 20-over formats as well as our exciting new Elite T20 competition and the 1st ever T10 tournament as part of the televised SM-VIIKKO event in Vantaa July 6-8th, plus also for the Finnish men's national team, who are preparing for the ICC World T20 Qualifiers in August this summer.
More details will follow shortly on future consolidated club order opportunities centrally via Cricket Finland for match & practice balls, indoor balls along with balls juniors and our school programme. Until then, you can check out the Tiflex range via this link: https://www.oxbridgeballs.co.uk/
#kriketti #SMviikko #CricketFinland @TiflexLtd
We know you have been waiting eagerly all winter for summer 2018 to roll around, and can't wait for the last of the snow to melt and the temperatures to hit double digits again, so you can pull out the cricket gear and listen to the delightful sound of leather on willow...
2018 brings you the biggest and most exciting season in Finnish Cricket history, with the launch of the Elite T20 league promising some exciting cricket as our best players take each other on in 3 Tri-series tournaments from June to August.
We also see SM-Viikko take on a new look with a T10 format for 11 a-side teams. Find out more about this summer's exciting developments later in this newsletter. #smviikko #kriketti #CricketFinlandT10
Check out our action- and info-packed latest Off Breaks newsletter, there is something in it for everyone! Link here: https://bit.ly/2GUPmoJ
Or download the Off Breaks newsletter in PDF here.
CF/LSC are hosting 3 umpire training events in the KNCG clubhouse, with compulsory attendance for anyone intending to umpire in the 2018 summer cricket season.
So whether you are an independent umpire or a club umpire or totally new to the game, then you still need to attend one of these training events and take a competence assessment at the end of the training, regardless of your current status.
The training will cover all playing regulations and laws changes from 2017, which are critical for the summer 2018 season.
Tea & coffee plus refreshments will be provided.There is a basic 5€ fee for each person attending.
Jari Schabel, Aadhavan Shanthi Venkatesan, Tuomas Tiihonen, Sean Walsh (across the 3 separate events)
Register below via one of these SUOMISPORT events links - only 25 places per event, so don't miss out!
April 22nd :https://www.suomisport.fi/events/00331f1a-84dc-449a-8eb3-eb22c24a04d2
April 29th : https://www.suomisport.fi/events/88f0c0d0-f8be-42c8-9ae2-b2158fd8c135
May 6th : https://www.suomisport.fi/events/16ecb560-a77f-4941-ae11-2c7ab0bcc45c
Exciting news that Cricket Finland will be hosting an Elite T20 tournament this summer. If you are resident in Finland, interested in committing to the below programme and have the performances to back-up your selection, then read the below carefully and get your club official representative to formally nominate you (see deadline below).
2018 T20 ELITE PROGRAMME & SELECTION PROCESS – CLUB ACTION REQUESTED
PRINCIPLE OF THE TOURNAMENT: To offer the highest level of T20 cricket in Finland to a wider group of players, to have the best playing against the best and support the pathway to the Finnish National Team
SQUADS: 3 sets of 14-15 players
MATCHES: 9 games with international quality white balls
MATCH DATES: Sat. 9th June – Sat. 14th July – Sat. 4th August, all at KNCG, starting 10:30am
TOURNAMENT SELECTORS: Andrew Armitage (NT manager), Nathan Collins (NT skipper), Yasir Quadir (NT coach) & Maneesh Chauhan (national U21 coach & NT player)
TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR (TD), UMPIRES & SCORERS: To be confirmed
SELECTION PROCESS: NT squad players (all current) + selected players from Finland U21 squad + open nominations invited from CF member clubs for up to 3 players to be considered for selection; selectors retain the right to select other players not nominated (based on stats, performance etc.) => nominated players will be considered for selection for the remaining 20-25 places; see names of the NT & U21 players selected at the foot of this memo, so you are aware of those already included in selection.
PLAYER CONTRIBUTION: Match fee for each player on a per match basis; 3 skippers will collect the match fee on the day and give to the TD on each match day; cost coverage for a part of balls, umpire fees, TD & scorers fees, playing clothing & ground cost => match fee 10€/player/match
DEADLINE FOR SELECTIONS: Nominations from clubs by LATEST 20th April using official club email to FCACHAIRMAN@CRICKETFINLAND.COM; final selections 15-man squads announced by latest May 9th
PLAYING WEAR: CF will provide navy-blue trousers and navy-blue batting pads and will source 45 playing shirts (a part of the cost included in match fee) from Surridge in 3 different colours. Clothing to be returned and washed after each match day.
NT players already currently included in the above selections:
Senior Squad (14) - Nathan Collins, Rubal Pathak, Peter Gallagher, Jonathan Scamans, Tatu Vehviläinen (SKK); Hariharan Dandapani, Mahesh Tambe, Aravind Kumar Mohan, Tariq Shahzad (Turku Utd); Vanraaj Padhaal, Amjad Sher (Empire); Tonmoy Saha (BTCC); Hamzah Mukhtar (Tampere CC); Maneesh Chauhan (HCC)
U21 Squad (5) – Areeb Abdul Quadir (Kerava); Abdul Rauf Hajiibrahim (Tampere CC); Arun Bhatia (HCC); Adnan Syed (OKK); Sanju Shrestha (Nordic Warriors)
CRICKET FINLAND 08/04/2018
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