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Cyprus cricket National Team promoted to European Division 3 March 10, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Cricket Hockey Rugby.
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The Cyprus cricket National Team finished last year’s European Cricket Division 4 Championship in Belgium second behind Finland and although equal on points with the Finns, failed to earn a direct promotion to the European Cricket Division 3.

The team had performed beyond expectations leaving expectations high for the next Division 4 championship in 2009. However, events elsewhere have radically changed these expectations. At the ICC Europe World Cricket League Division 2 Championships, last year in Scotland, Greece’s National Team fielded two ineligible players in all three preliminary round matches.

According to the ICC Player Eligibility rules the championship organizers stripped Greece of all its points, which put Greece at the bottom of its respective group, and suspended the players concerned for the rest of the tournament. Greece then refused to play the match for the seventh place against Israel, the loser of which would be relegated to Division 3.

The Board of the European Cricket Council recently re-examined the issue and resolved to suspend all funding support from the ICC Europe Regional Development Program for a period of 12 months and to relegate Greece to Division 4 which opened the doors of the Division 3 to Cyprus.

This summer, the Cyprus National Team will travel to Belgium where they will be competing against Spain, Finland, Isle of Man, Portugal, Croatia, Malta and the hosts of the European Cricket Division 3 Championship from 19th to 25th of August.

There is little doubt that this will be a formidable challenge for Cyprus cricket since all these opponents are veterans of European competition, who are also well supported, well sponsored, well organized, and above all play high quality cricket. Regardless of the results though, the experience can only benefit the players who will represent Cyprus in Belgium and give them a clear understanding of what is required to compete at that level.

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