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National Men's Head Coach Matthew Jenkinson has rewarded early season form by picking Naveed Shahid (GHCC), Jake Goodwin and Jordan O'Brien (SKK) for today's first Finnish Bears Elite T20 match day of 2020. Management also give a run out today to assistant coach Henry Sewell Personal Training who has been developing a good turn of speed himself, so today will be on the other side of the boundary rope. This series will pitch the full Finnish Bears Men's squad along with a few top Finnish Premier League picks to fight out in two Best of Finland T20 matches. Next Elite T20 day will be July 25th.
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Finnish cricket takes a leap forward in year-round accessibility to the game – The country's first indoor training facility is completed at the Eerikkilä Sport & Outdoor Resort to international standards.
Finland's first cricket-specific indoor training nets have just been completed at Eerikkilä to international cricket standards. This facility perfectly complements the outdoor cricket fields in Kerava and Vantaa. The nearest equivalent indoor training facility can be found in Malmö, Sweden.
"Cricket perfectly complements the variety of sports we already host, and it offers the opportunity for our guests to become familiar with this wonderful sport. We are proud to partner with Cricket Finland”, comments Petri Jakonen, CEO of Eerikkilä.
In addition to the men’s national cricket squad, the new training facility can be used by Finland's more than 30 cricket clubs, while also being perfect for introductions to the game for newcomers. Cricket clubs from outside of Finland will also be interested in the new, top-quality site offering comprehensive training opportunities. Such conditions can now be found in Eerikkilä, which is also a national training centre for both football and floorball associations.
"Opening the Kerava National Cricket Ground in 2014 represented a significant step in raising the level of Finnish cricket in general, both in terms of playing and hosting domestic & international matches. This new training facility at Eerikkilä is an important addition to the sport's training infrastructure," says Maija Scamans, Cricket Finland’s Operations Director.
"We initially went to check out the location and to present our visions of cooperation back in January 2019 – our ideas were aimed to further develop everything from low-threshold grassroots junior and women's cricket all the way up to elite-level national team training, Scamans continues. Now, 18 months later, this project connecting Eerikkilä with Cricket Finland, supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture has been completed.
Facility Manager at Eerikkilä Petri Salo adds that the training zone for cricket was selected from the warm-up area of the existing junior football indoor arena.
"We allocated a high-quality indoor practice area for cricket in our training hall, where it possible to train all year round. Footballers can also continue to use the area as before”.
"Playing cricket at the top level requires continuous, versatile cricket-specific training. Training opportunities outside of the summer season have been completely lacking. The great new training facility at Eerikkilä will have a huge impact and benefit to both national squad and club teams that use it," said Andrew Armitage, Cricket Finland chairman, referring, among others, to the Helsinki Cricket Club and the Finnish men’s cricket team.
Helsinki Cricket Club had qualified for the European Cricket League (ECL), cricket's equivalent of the European Champions League in football, while the men’s Finnish cricket team were due to play in one of the three European Twenty20 World Cup Qualifiers, hosted in Finland. Both events were planned for June 2020 before the pandemic and have now been moved to future dates yet to be confirmed.
“Eerikkilä’s investment in the cricket training facility will certainly deliver great returns, after Corona lockdown is over and we can return to training in full. For example, over the last few years we have been unable to cover all the demand for cricket at the Kerava and Vantaa grounds. While internationally high-quality training opportunities will also be of interest”, concluded Andrew Armitage.
Eerikkilä is a national training centre for football and floorball. It is one of the 11 Finnish National Sports Institutes that organise vocational training in sports, with a speciality to educate nature and wilderness guides for different kinds of outdoor tours and recreation for all seasons. Eerikkilä also offers activities for business customers and leisure enthusiasts.
Cricket has been played in Finland since the 1950s. The Finnish Cricket Association was founded in 1999. There are over 30 cricket clubs, from Helsinki to Oulu and over 600 licensed players. In addition, Cricket Finland runs a wide-ranging grassroots development programme that includes activities for children & youth of different ages, as well as for adults, regardless of age, gender, and ethnicity.
For more information:
Suomen Krikettiliitto Maija Scamans, email@example.com tai p. +358 50 5719578
Suomen Krikettiliitto Andy Armitage, firstname.lastname@example.org tai p. +358 50 3237099
Eerikkilä Sport & Outdoor Resort Petri Jakonen, email@example.com tai p. +358 50 533 3600
Following the recent Finnish government information for gradual Corona lockdown relaxation between May 14th to May 31st, Cricket Finland has also decided to adapt its cricket training instructions to the clubs.
These requirements have been drawn up for club training sessions only. Any changes for league play will be updated separately, considering, and following fully the instructions of the Finnish Government and relevant Health Authority.
The current message is that outdoor sport training without physical contact - which cricket indeed is - can be held within a framework of rules.
For CF and all clubs, it is essential that the requirements and rules of the health authorities are respected.
Within this framework, CF recommends that:
There can be significant differences between clubs and grounds, so this is not a one-size-fits-all guide. In addition to the above guidelines, we recommend that you use common sense.Note, due to the aeration and reseeding process of the whole outfield, due to take place at Kerava NCG on Wednesday 13th May, the whole Kerava Ground will be out of bounds until June 1st.
Any club wishing to resume training activities in a proper manner can contact us via the e-mail address: INFO@CRICKETFINLAND.COM
Dear Club Representatives,
We are currently anticipating that the summer season will start on June 1st, however we will confirm this in the coming days after receiving final information from the Finnish government and Olympic Committee on what restrictions will exist for sports competitions.
In the meantime I can tell you that we have made a new version of the summer schedule which will hopefully enable us to hold the vast majority of the matches that we had originally planned, in spite of the loss of one full month of playing time. The schedule will be issued with in the coming days with the final confirmation mentioned above.
Unfortunately, due mainly to COVID-19 restrictions, it seems we are going to suffer a shortage of Panel Umpires this season, and therefore we will have to return to use of club umpires for many matches, and all participating clubs will be required to provide umpires for league matches. The scheduling of umpires will start this week and we will confirm how many club umpire duties are needed after the Panel Umpires have confirmed their availability, however please aim to have a minimum of four qualified and active umpires within your club, and more if possible. The training will also be of benefit to all players, as it will educate them on the Laws of the game and how umpires see and make decisions, so we encourage as many as possible to attend and become qualified.
It is already 2 years since we last held any umpire training, and therefore all club umpires must attend a 4-hour refresher course that we will hold online on the weekend of 23rd and 24th May. The course will be hosted by Sriharsha Kuchimanchi and will cover basic umpiring skills and give information on the 2020 updates to the CF Playing Conditions. If your club umpires are already active Panel Umpires they do not need to attend the course. Please note that umpiring of league matches in 2020 will only be permitted for umpires who have completed this training, or who are already active Panel Umpires.
We are arranging two separate online events, via Zoom, and each umpire only needs to attend one of the events. There is a small fee for each registration to help cover the costs CF is incurring for arranging the training.
The first event is on Saturday 23rd May from 09:00 to 13:00. The deadline for registering is 23:59 on 21st May! Please register for the event via this link:
The second event is on Sunday 24th May from 13:00 to 17:00. The deadline for registering is 23:59 on 22nd May! Please register for the event via this link:
Please announce this news inside your clubs and encourage your members to register for the training. The participation of clubs and umpires this summer will be a critical factor in CF being able to provide the planned league schedule this year, so please encourage your members to help as much as possible.
Suureksi suruksemme ja pettymykseksemme joudumme ilmoittamaan, että tämänhetkisen koronaviruspandemian takia Kansainvälinen Krikettiliitto on päättänyt siirtää kaikki ennen kesäkuun loppua 2020 alkavat turnaukset ja tapahtumat myöhempään ajankohtaan. 😕
Though not surprising any longer, we are still gutted to have to send the news to you all that our ICC T20 World Cup Regional Qualifier tournament has been postponed.
We move on, hoping we can still salvage something from this whole summer post-pandemic and host in Finland later in the summer of 2020! Time now to consolidate and think how we can all come out stronger & smarter on the other side. Stay healthy, stay safe, play cricket at home! #krikettiäkaikille ❤️🏏
Full ICC media release here.
With a massive 2020 ahead for the Finnish Bears, Matt Jenkinson has been appointed as Head Coach, replacing the long-serving Yasir Abdul Quadir, who in turn will remain in an assistant coach role.
Matt grew up in Melbourne Australia where he played cricket in the Victorian Premier (District) Cricket League, arguably one of the best domestic cricket competitions in the world. Matt played for two clubs over a ten-year period. Six years at the Prahran Cricket club, coached at the time by Dav Whatmore and then a further four years at the Fitzroy Doncaster Cricket Club. During those years he says he was fortunate enough to play against some of the top cricketers in the world during that era.
Cricket took him to England in 1997 where he played as an overseas player in Yorkshire and then he returned for another season overseas in sunny Kent in 2000. He returned once again to Kent in 2002 where he met his now wife and settled there for fifteen years before moving here to Helsinki nearly two years ago. In Kent, Matt played as an overseas player for the Canterbury Cricket Club and later captained their first eleven for several seasons. Work and family commitments meant a break from playing cricket and he is excited to be back from the cricketing wilderness.
“It’s a fantastic honour to become the head coach of the National Cricket Team here in Finland. I look forward to sharing my knowledge and experiences with the players in this new role. I’ve had some terrific coaches, teammates over the years who have gone on to great things as players and in the coaching world. It seems natural to share with the guys all I know and have learned the hard way. I’ve been incredibly impressed with Cricket Finland so far, the national team’s squad and all they have achieved to date as a cricketing community. It will be an incredibly exciting summer ahead with Finland hosting a T20 world cup qualifying event for the first time. I look forward to the challenge and I know the team will do themselves and Finland proud. I am also looking forward to meeting as many players and coaches of the domestic teams here in Finland during the summer season. It will be exciting to work with the cricketing communities, helping the game continue to flourish here in Finland”.
For more information, contact Andrew Armitage p. +358 50 3237099
ICC 2021 T20 World Cup Sub-Regional Qualifier tournament hosts announced - Finland to host an international pathway event for the first time in its history
The road to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 for 24 European teams has been confirmed, as an expanded regional qualification process for the Men’s T20 World Cup is set to begin in May 2020.
Finland will proudly host the national sides from Germany, Sweden, Guernsey, Luxembourg, Greece, Hungary & Gibraltar from 22 June until 1 July 2020 to play off for a place in the European finals to be played later in 2020.
Hosting such a prestigious event is a massive honour and achievement for the growing team of dedicated, passionate movers & shakers at Cricket Finland and all involved with Finnish Cricket Community Development, said National Development Director Andrew Armitage.
This T20 World Cup sub regional tournament along with the recent news of Finland's top club side participating in the European Cricket League (ECL) in 2020 represents a whole new level for the Finnish cricket player pathway, with such fantastic opportunities inspiring both club as well as national players to aim for the stars, added Operations Director, Maija Scamans
See full ICC global release here: https://www.icc-cricket.com/media-releases/1591189
Cricket Finland, Andrew Armitage p. +358 50 3237099 & Maija Scamans, p. +358 50 5719578
Helsinki Cricket Club is the First Finnish Club Entering European Cricket’s Champion League Next Season
Winner of the 2019 Finnish T20 Premier League Championship, Helsinki Cricket Club, will be the torch carrier and be the first Finnish team to play in the illustrious European Cricket League in 2020. Established in 1972, Helsinki Cricket Club is the oldest registered cricket club in Finland. Having won the top prize in Finnish cricket several times, Helsinki Cricket Club appreciates the honour and have already started their preparations for the upcoming games.
“Within Finland we have been quite strong in One Day format of the game. With hard work and continuous training, we also managed to get things right and championing the T20 format of the game as well”, comments Helsinki Cricket Club’s President Zahoor Khan.
“We have already started our training indoors, even though it is usually below zero degrees outside in Finland. We know that our strength is our team, we will try to focus on our fitness and leave no stone unturned”, says Helsinki Cricket Club’s Captain Zahidullah ”Niki” Kamal.
“It is a privilege to play the game among the best in Europe of course. We will try to play our natural game and enjoy it. Being the first Finnish team entering ECL makes us the mystery team, which could work in our favour with opponents not knowing our game. Hopefully we can turn the surprise element to our advantage”, continues Kamal.
Three of the Finnish National Cricket Team, aka Finnish Bears, represent Helsinki Cricket Club: Aniketh Pusthay, Adnan Syed and Maneesh Chauhan. Aniketh Pusthay was Helsinki Cricket Club’s top run scorer in 2019 with 408 Runs in the Finnish T20 Premier League.
“Helsinki Cricket Club has done great work with their membership development and with their training programme. Being the oldest Finnish cricket club gives them a heritage to build on, but today no club can take the future for granted as there is so much competition for people’s free time. Helsinki Cricket Club sets a great example and them playing in ECL next summer is a fantastic achievement that builds extra excitement among all Finnish cricket enthusiasts and the whole community. Suddenly, winning the next Finnish championship in 2020 to qualify for ECL 2021 brings a whole new level of inspiration to all participating teams”, says Andrew Armitage, Chairman of the Finnish Cricket Association.
The European Cricket League (“ECL”) is the Champions League of cricket in Europe. Founded by Daniel Weston, Roger Feiner, Frank Leenders and Thomas Klooz and hailed as a cricketing equivalent of the UEFA Champions League, the second staging - ECL20 - will be played from May 31- June 7, 2020.
Weston has outlined 5 clear goals for the ECL, all in line with Cricket Finland’s development strategy:
1. Develop the ECL to motivate today’s cricketers in Europe to join a club and become champions of their National domestic league to receive an invite to the ECL.
2. Create heroes of today's European cricketers by giving them a platform on the world stage.
3. Inspire parents to involve their children, in local cricket clubs so they aspire to play in the ECL and national teams.
4. Ensure the ECL objective is clear (it’s the European Cricket League for European based cricketers), credible (only the National domestic champion team can play)
and entertaining (with an action packed T10 format).
5. Create a sustainable sporting and business platform which will make cricket the number one summer sport in Europe.
Helsinki Cricket Club is established in 1972 and it is the oldest, registered cricket club in Finland. The home grounds of the team is Kapylan Liikuntapuisto. The club own the following titles: Finnish T20 Premier League 2019, One Day Premier League 2019, Finnish T20 Division 2 League 2019 and Finnish T20 Premier League 2018
Niki Kamal, club captain, Helsinki Cricket Club, p. 050 566 3626
Andrew Armitage, National Development Director, Suomen Krikettiliitto, p. 050 323 7099
15 enthusiastic, pro-active umpires came together today at Sporttitalo, the Finnish National Olympic Committee building in Helsinki, to start two days of advanced ECB/ICC Stage 3 umpiring training and on-field match management.
This represents another massive step in developing a strong pool of quality umpires to manage the future expanding cricket programme in Finland by dynamic interaction and sharing of best practice amongst the group. The course lead tutor is Rob Smith, County Education Officer for Yorkshire & ECB, ably assisted by Cricket Finland's Jari Schabel.
Rob will close this initiative-packed weekend with tutor training on Sunday morning, helping Finland build a domestic, self-sustainable umpire development programme with a pathway to our league umpire panels and ultimately to the international stage.
#cricketforall #umpiringtalent #krikettiäkaikille
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