Cricket Finland is delighted to announce the appointment of Sriharsha Kuchimanchi as our first ever contracted umpire from July 24th until the last day of the season on October 1st.
In addition to being ex-chairman of Shaurya CC, a pro-active umpire in Finland for some years and during SM-viikko 2016, then passing his ICC Level 1 course in Finland last year, Sriharsha has since stood in over 40 Hyderabad corporate league T20 matches during March to May back in India to gain more experience.
The main aims for Sriharsha will be to stand in as many league and national team games as possible, with a clear focus on the closing stages of the T20 competition and the divisions 1 & 2 of SM40. Sriharsha will also have 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 Harsha are the ones that really want to develop as umpires.
The appointment is an important step in improving umpiring standards in Finland and we wish Harsha a warm welcome back!
Cricket was once again involved in the Finnish multisport "SM-Viikko", in which 30 different sports played their national finals.
If you missed the live SM-viikko cricket 8's final yesterday broadcast live across the nation, then you can still see the action via this link (for another 29 days): http://areena.yle.fi/1-4141007
It can also be viewed from anywhere around the world. Enjoy!
Only a week to go to the biggest ever SM-viikko event in Tampere July 7th to 9th, where a cherry-pick from 30 different sports would of course be the cricket 8's tournament!
We have some great graphics for you below to enjoy in advance of and during the event, so do come and join us throughout the weekend, all are warmly welcome. Free entry!
And for those that can't make it to Tampere, set your TV sets for 12.30 on Sunday July 9th ready for the live televised cricket final - more details here: yle.fi/urheilu/3-9683185
The ICC Champions Trophy 2017 is set up for a thrilling finale.
A rivalry unlike any other. Dominant India against a resurgent Pakistan. One of the fiercest match-ups in world sport and we want you to take a front row seat.
For the first time ever, the ICC is streaming the whole match live and free into your country via Facebook www.facebook/icc , so join us from 10.30am BST Sunday to follow all the action!
The Oval, and the whole of the cricket world waits in anticipation as a global audience of a billion is expected to tune in, so join us and be a part of the drama. Sunday can’t come soon enough!
Strong offering of team sports at SM-viikko 2017 in Tampere again, so make sure you book the dates now! Give away question in Finnish for cricketers above on which sport can sometimes last for days...no prizes there, but do you know which sport is refereed by those playing the game or to which sport belongs the terms tube rescue and beach flags?
Come down to Tampere and find out in July. Check out the website for more details below:
P.S. YLE will be broadcasting the cricket final live at 12:40pm on Sunday July 9th - more details here.
With the 2017 season but a few weeks away, on Sunday April 23rd Cricket Finland's Annual General Meeting approved an action-packed 2017 operational plan & budget, the outline of an exciting new, long-term growth development strategy, while also electing a new strategically-focused Board for the next 2 years.
This represents a critical change to the governance of Finnish cricket, with the Board looking to direct its energies towards long-term sustainable pathways, better infrastructure, developing a top quality national side and creating more opportunities for new, indigenous players to be welcomed to the greatest game. The Board will be supported by a separate operational management team.
New board members elected are Mahesh Tambe (Turku United), Maneesh Chauhan (Shaurya), Nathan Collins (SKK), Yaseen Khan (Otaniemi), while old Board stalwarts Heikki Mahlamäki (Empire) and Andrew Armitage (Kerava), the latter re-elected as Chairman, continue for another term.
Updated CF contact details here: http://www.cricketfinland.com/contact-us.html
The whole cricket community wishes them wisdom and best of luck in these exciting times for cricket in Finland!
Yaseen Khan Andrew Armitage Maneesh Chauhan
Mahesh Tambe Heikki Mahlamäki Nathan Collins
We have a lot of maintenance work to do before the 2017 season starts, so will need volunteers again to help out in getting the Kerava national cricket ground ready.
Saturday May 6th will be the first volunteers day, starting at 09:00am, so please pass on this note to your club members, friends and neighbours, all are welcome!
We will work all day and warm up the BBQ for the first time in 2017 in the afternoon!! Tervetuloa!
Cricket Finland are pleased to announce, that the 2 adult size cricket bats on offer to all CF member clubs in the race to break the 30 SUOMISPORT licenses mark have both been won as of this afternoon - about 12 hours before the deadline!
In first place already now with 32 licenses was Turku United and they are followed in 2nd place by Empire CC whose 30 licenses mark was broken today. In total today we have 214 licenses done :-)
Congratulation to both clubs who will receive their awards at the CF AGM this coming Sunday!
There are still many clubs with only 1 or 2 licenses - for you the clock is ticking towards the 1st league games of 2017 on May 6th. So please make sure your players are registered ASAP! All details and a help guide in English here: http://www.cricketfinland.com/member-license.html
As of today, April 20th 2017, SUOMISPORT licenses for cricket are 196 in total - so a great start on the new system, but still many more to go! Do you have your license yet? No league cricket without it....
SUOMISPORT license update and competition - Cricket Finland 2017 licenses taken out so far amounts to 104, well done everyone that has sorted their licenses already, but many hundreds more to go!
COMPETITION: For all club committees we have 2 adult size cricket bats to give away for the first 2 clubs to reach 30 licenses before close of play 23:59 Friday 21st April. Winners will be announced and prizes given at the CF AGM on April 23rd. So get your members activated everyone!
Present leaders in the race to 30 are Empire CC & FinCricket CC with 15 licenses each.
All license purchase details here: http://www.cricketfinland.com/member-license.html
Enjoy your Easter break :-)
Planning on playing Finnish SM-league cricket this summer, or just fancy friendly cricket? Well, the super, new license process via SUOMISPORT is now open, so please go and check out which license (and insurance) is the one for you!
Click here to get full details of what you need to do: www.cricketfinland.com/member-license.html
Click here to get your license now: www.suomisport.fi/
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