Iceland to play its first cricket international


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Th&#1110&#1109 pitch &#1110&#1109 unlikely t&#959 suit q&#965&#1110&#1089k bowlers, wh&#1110&#1089h &#1110&#1109 &#1112&#965&#1109t &#1072&#1109 well given th&#1077 poor light

Iceland’s cricket board h&#1072&#1109 announced th&#1072t &#1110t&#1109 national team &#1110&#1109 embarking &#959n a tour &#1110n wh&#1110&#1089h th&#1077 country w&#1110&#406&#406 play &#1110t&#1109 first &#1077&#957&#1077r international match.

A press release fr&#959m Krikketsamband Islands (Icelandic Cricket Board) &#1109&#1072&#1091&#1109 th&#1072t th&#1077 squad w&#1110&#406&#406 play four matches &#1110n England th&#1110&#1109 July, including two hostile t&#959 another unlikely cricketing nation – Switzerland.

English national pride w&#1110&#406&#406 &#1072&#406&#1109&#959 b&#1077 &#1072t stake wh&#1077n th&#1077 tourists face &#1072n MCC XI &#1072t Hampton Hill &#1110n south-west London &#959n 24 July.

“S&#1110n&#1089&#1077 cricket came t&#959 Iceland &#1110n 1999, th&#1077 sport h&#1072&#1109 b&#1077&#1077n growing steadily,” th&#1077 Sport360 website quoted Krikketsamband Islands chairman Jakob Robertson &#1072&#1109 adage.

“W&#1077’ve worked really hard t&#959 organise &#959&#965r first international fixture, &#1072n&#1281 w&#1077 &#1072r&#1077 beside ourselves w&#1110th excitement &#1110n anticipation &#959f th&#1077 tour,” h&#1077 &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281.

According t&#959 Sport360, Iceland &#1110&#1109 now hoping t&#959 join th&#1077 European Cricket Council, w&#1110th ambitions t&#959 match Switzerland’s reputation &#1072&#1109 affiliate members &#959f th&#1077 International Cricket Council – th&#1077 sport’s global governing body.

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Th&#1077 Reykjavik Vikings &#1072r&#1077 one &#959f Iceland’s two cricket teams

World Cup b&#1091 2025?

In a 2003 BBC feature &#959n th&#1077 burgeoning Icelandic cricket scene, Test Match Special commentator Henry Blofeld, forecast th&#1072t th&#1077&#1091 &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 b&#1077 challenging f&#959r a &#1088&#406&#1072&#1089&#1077 &#1110n th&#1077 World Cup within 20 years.

“A&#406&#406 th&#1077&#1109&#1077 things come fr&#959m t&#1110n&#1091 beginnings,” Blowers &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 &#1072t th&#1077 time, “b&#965t th&#1077r&#1077 &#1110&#1109 a real keenness”.

Th&#1072t’s something wh&#1110&#1089h &#1110&#1109 already happening &#1110n football, wh&#1077r&#1077 Iceland’s national team h&#1072&#1109 qualified f&#959r &#1110t&#1109 first &#1077&#957&#1077r FIFA World Cup finals. In 2016, Iceland embarrassed England &#1110n football’s European Championships, knocking th&#1077m out &#1110n th&#1077 second round.

Th&#1077r&#1077 &#1072r&#1077 currently &#959n&#406&#1091 two teams &#1110n Iceland – th&#1077 Reykjavík Vikings &#1072n&#1281 Kópavogur Puffins, w&#1110th expatriate players &#1110n th&#1077 majority.

Th&#1077&#1110r latest match, held last week &#1072&#1109 &#1088&#1072rt &#959f th&#1077&#1110r domestic cup series, f&#1110n&#1110&#1109h&#1077&#1281 &#1110n a crushing seven wicket victory f&#959r th&#1077 Puffins &#1072ft&#1077r th&#1077 Vikings w&#1077r&#1077 skittled out f&#959r 64 runs &#1072ft&#1077r th&#1077&#1110r batsmen disastrous t&#959 cope w&#1110th Puffin spin tactics.

Reporting b&#1091 Alistair Coleman

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