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Flag of Finland
Flag of Finland
ICC membership granted 2000
ICC member status Affiliate member
ICC development region Europe
World Cricket League division N/A
European Cricket Championship division 4
Captain Jonathan Scamans
Coach Andrew Armitage
First recorded match 21 August 2000 v Austria at Seebarn Cricket Centre, Austria
As of 31 July 2007

The Finnish national cricket team is the team that represents the country of Finland in international cricket matches.



Cricket was first played in Finland in the 1960s, but didn't become formally organised until the 1970s, under the auspices of the Helsinki Cricket Club. More clubs were founded in the 1990s, and the Finnish Cricket Association was founded in 1999. [1] They became an affiliate member of the International Cricket Council the following year. [2]

Cricket is growing in the country, and there are currently 10 teams contesting the national league, over 300 male players, 30 female players, 20 ECB qualified coaches, and over 30 qualified umpires. [3]

The Finnish national team has participated at various levels in European regional tournaments, their first coming in 2000, when they finished last in the ECC Representative Championship. They won the same tournament 2 years later, and were runners-up in 2004. They also competed in the ECC Affiliates Championship from 2001 to 2005, their best performance coming in their first year, when they finished in seventh place. They came last in 2005, placing them in Division Four of the newly expanded European Championship. They won that tournament in August 2006, giving them a spot in Division Three in 2007. In that tournament they were relegated to Division Four where they currently play.

Finnish Cricket Association

The Finnish Cricket Association (Suomen Krikettiliitto ry) was set up in 1999 to develop and organise the game of cricket in Finland. The Finnish Cricket Association is currently responsible for the following areas:

  • Finnish national league (Suomen mestaruussarja), an 11 team league with clubs from the national capital Helsinki, and the cities of Turku and Tampere.
  • Youth development: An introductory level schools programme in the capital area, aided by developing club youth programmes.
  • National team: The national team won the 2006 European Championship Division 4, enabling them to move up to Division 3 in 2007, from which they were relegated back to Division 4.
  • Umpiring: Each Finnish league game is officiated by ACUS/ ECC qualified umpires.[4]

Domestic structure

Cricket in Finland has been expanding, here is the current list of teams playing in SM50 (the first division), SM40 (the second division), Developmental T20 League, Open T20 League and Indoor League.

  • Bengal Tigers Cricket Club
  • Empire Cricket Club (also social team: Empiricists)
  • Espoo Cricket Club (ECC)
  • Finnish Pakistani Club (FPC)
  • FinnAsia Cricket Club
  • Helsinki Cricket Club (HCC)
  • Merisotakoulun Krikettiklubi - Naval Academy Cricket Club (MKK)
  • Men's Thinking Society (MTS)
  • Stadin Krikettikerho (SKK) (also social team: Socialists)
  • Tampere Cricket Club (TreCC)
  • Turku Cricket Club (TCC)
  • Vaasa Cricket Club
  • Vantaa Cricket Club (VCC)
  • Jyväskylä Cricket Club (JCC)
  • Finnish National Team
  • Finnish Youth National Team (YNT)
  • Phoenix - The Ladies Team

The future

In September 2009 Finland will play in the 2009 European Cricket Championship Division 4 in Limassol, Cyprus.

Current squad

The following list contains the 13 players in Finland's squad for the European Cricket Championship Division 4:[5]
  • Jonathan Scamans (Captain)
  • Madhu Bhandari
  • Amrik Bhatia
  • Shakil Pervage Bin Islam
  • Zakiullah Kamal
  • Zahidullah Kamal
  • Sebastian Knight
  • Ekhpelwak Kuchey
  • Bilal Khan
  • Obaidullah Sadiqui
  • Christopher Shaw
  • Michael Shaw
  • Shabir Ahmad Sheerzad


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