Chief Operations Officer of the Czech Cricket Union reveals how the sport got a foothold in the nation
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Chief Operations Officer of the Czech Cricket Union reveals how the sport got a foothold in the nation

Terry O’Connor explained to the podcast how the sport which did not have a single club until 23 years ago began to get a small foothold in the country.

Terry O’Connor is the Chief Operations Officer of the Czech Cricket Union.

 

Mr O’Connor explained: “The same way it has in most countries, if not all countries with a few immigrants who came from cricket playing countries, initially in particular from Britain, the first club was formed here in 1997, and it was basically made up of people from traditional cricket playing countries.

“England, India, Australia, et cetera.

“Very much continued, mostly in that fashion, the vast majority of senior adult players are people who have moved here for work or for study and been shocked to find out there was cricket.”
A national side did not compete until 2006 but has since appeared regular at international tournaments throughout Europe.

On his own involvement, Mr O’Connor explained: “I just presumed I would never play cricket again or have anything to do with cricket and then you meet people through work or social connections and suddenly find out there’s cricket being played in the Czech Republic.”

The country now sees ten, twenty, and forty over cricket in the summer as well as a winter league.
In the 2018 T20 World Cup qualifiers, the Czech Republic side finished fifth in their group of six, ahead of Gibraltar.

The tournament served as the first stage of qualification for some sides in their quest for the 2021 T20 World Cup in India.

The team managed a four-wicket victory over Israel in their penultimate game of the tournament in Amstelveen.

To view the full podcast, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnhW8v_vmS0&t=329s 

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