HCC goes to the ECL

December 31, 2019

“Helsinkiläinen mysteerijoukkue tekee kriketissä historiaa ja pääsee Euroopan Mestarien liigaan”

CRICKET CLUB Helsinki Cricket Club (HCC) created history this summer by being the first Finnish team to ever qualify for the ECL or the Champions League of cricket.

HCC is the first Finnish team in the European Cricket League. The T20 Finnish Championship team will meet the other European league champion clubs in a May-June 2020 competition. The European Cricket League (ECL) is the “European Champions League” of cricket, played from May 31 to June 7. 2020. The tournament will be played in T10 format, with matches lasting one and a half hours. ESTABLISHED IN 1972, HCC, the oldest registered cricket club in Finland, aims to rank among the top three.

“We have been strong in the One Day format. Through hard work and continuous training, we have been able to get things rolling and, as a result, become the dominant T20 Finnish Champion, ”says HCC Chairman Zahoor Khan in the release.

HCC’s Aniketh Pusthay, Adnan Syed and Maneesh Chauhan also play for the Finnish national team.

“It is a great honor and privilege to be able to play against the best in Europe. We try to play our own game and enjoy it. Being the first Finnish team in the ECL is to our advantage, as others do not yet know us and how we play. Hopefully we can reverse the mystery team status to our advantage, ”says HCC captain Zahidullah” Niki “Kamal.

The Cricket Association is pleased with the challenges ahead for HCC.

“The fact that HCC will play in the European Cricket League next summer is a great achievement and will raise the mood and expectations among Finnish cricket fans,” says Andrew Armitage, chairman of the Finnish Cricket Association .

Taken from the following published article https://www.hs.fi/urheilu/art-2000006338319.html