Cricket Switzerland Senior International XI review 2017
by Chris Lodge
Switzerland again took part in the premiere 50 over ODI Central European tournament in Prague and the growing T20 tournament in Warsaw, as well as a Swiss representative XI competing in the
season opening DBMT match.
The Swiss representative XI in the DBMT squad consisted of players from 9 clubs representing most of the Cricket Switzerland family and it is still my aim to get a team for this year with 11 clubs represented to play the CSPL Champions Zurich Nomads who will be the opposition. To this aim I would ask that all clubs nominate at least 1 player if possible.
The ODI tournament in Prague included ICC affiliate teams from Luxembourg (Euro Div 4) and the hosts Czech Republic (Euro Div 5) along with Poland who, like ourselves are, at present not within the ICC setup.
In Prague before the first match Afzaal Sikander from Power CC asked to stand down as National Team captain and Matthew Martin from Cern CC was given the chance to captain the National Team with support from Afzaal who knew the East Division players better. Matthew and Sathya had both done the same for Afzaal with the West Division players during his captaincy. I would like to thank Afzaal for his captaincy of the National Team over the past few years and his willingness to help and support the new captain. Below is an image of the team in their warm-up tops with physio Juli Pratt who was again this year able to support the national team and, at times, players from other teams which was appreciated by everyone concerned.
The T20 Tournament in Warsaw was a 5 International team format including teams from Hungary and Ukraine with the Czech Republic and hosts Poland. The tournament saw the new Swiss T20 coloured kit sponsored by SwizT Watches used for the first time. Below the squad is pictured with our scorer Miriam Lodge.
I hope that we can get continued sponsorship from SwizT Watches and others to help bring down the cost to players of representing Switzerland.
We have this year, taken a total of 25 players to the 2 tournaments. A squad of 13 travelled to Prague for the 3 match ODI series and 14 went to Warsaw for the 4 match T20 series. Only 3 players managed to be available for all of both tournaments and a couple of players had to either arrive late or leave early so were potentially not available for all matches. This is due to work commitments, the willingness of employers to allow players the time off and also the costs involved. I would like to thank Clive for the work he has done to keep the costs as manageable as possible and all the players for paying tour costs into the CS account in a timely manner to help this process. This number of players can’t be identified and contacted without the help of all the Cricket Switzerland member clubs’ administrators, Swissfocus members, Michael and the youth development team, current and former squad members.
The tournaments this year saw the continuation of my aim to develop players from the U19 squad to the National XI. This I expect will be harder this year due to the fantastic opportunity the U19’s have with the Garfield Sobers tournament in July. This though, is still one of my main goals going forward.
Although the results this year in both tournaments were inconsistent, our current ranking on “Shane’s Cricket Ratings” (which includes data from almost every international tournament played around the world including ICC Full, Associate & Affiliate members as well as non ICC members) as linked to on the CS website http://home.iprimus.com.au/shane_booth/cricket/assoc.html was the highest of any non ICC member for ODI results and combined ODI & T20 results.
For the coming season I have already taken the chance to accept invitations to the Prague ODI tournament 15-17 June & T20 Warsaw tournament 12-15 July to enable clubs to plan fixtures for the 2018 season. I am also in continued discussions with Bordeaux Giscour Cricket Club for a tour by a Swiss representative XI. This was not able to be arranged in 2017 due to fixture congestion towards the end of the season.
The National Team’s structure was represented at the recent Ice Cricket tournament in St Moritz by Aidan Andrews and Rohan Jain, who were in squads alongside some of the world’s greatest cricketers. Having spoken to them afterwards, they both gained hugely from this experience and I am pleased to say they represented Cricket Switzerland in a truly professional manner.
Finally, I would like to thank all the players for giving up their time and, in most cases holiday allowance to play and especially their families for also enabling this to happen. Without their support we could not achieve what we do.
International Match Manager