Zurich gets a taste of cricket
Fri, Sep 5, 2008 12:25 PM
The Swiss Cricket Association (SCA) launched a publicity drive to promote cricket at the Indo-Swiss Friendship Treaty celebration in Zurich. The celebrations marked the 60th Anniversary of the SWISS-INDO Friendship Treaty signed in 1948, organized by IAZ in Zurich.
The SCA, which has been an affiliate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) since 1985, is moving towards gaining Associate membership within ICC Europe. It took the opportunity at the Mega Mela in the huge hall of Zurich's main railway station to promote cricket with a stall which was visited by thousands of people over the course of three days (22-24 August).
This event certainly helped the SCA reach a much wider audience. Many of the visitors at the SCA's stand enquired about the possibility of playing cricket in their local area and were surprised to hear how many clubs already existed. These people included a number of women and also young children and youths. There is no doubt that such an event will help the further growth and development of cricket in Switzerland, including the attraction of new youth to the sport.
Swiss cricket has its own national league and particpates at international tournaments. The Swiss senior national team is set to play several international matches this year as soon as the National League comes to an end.
The Swiss under 17 youth team was recently given the opportunity to participate at the 2008 ICC European Division II tournament held in Germany and won the Spirit of Cricket Award.
On Saturday 23rd August a further school opened its doors to cricket. The Zurich International School in Adliswil, has just completed a huge new state-of-the-art school building, complete with a triple-gym and outdoor playing fields. ZIS has embraced cricket with 35 juniors signing up for the first course set to begin in September. An inaugural match took place between two Under 11 teams. This is now the third school to begin cricket in the Zurich area.