Malta hosts tournament to raise profile of game in country
The Malta Cricket Association is delighted to announce that it will be hosting a cricket tournament in October featuring national teams from across Europe. Confirmed participants are Russia, Hungary and the Czech Republic.
The tournament will be the first of its kind to be held in Malta and will take place between 18-20 October at the Marsa Sports Club in Marsa; it will also raise the profile of the game on the island. Adult league games for men and women are played on the island weekly and there is an active academy programme where boys and girls are able to play and learn the skills of the game in an organised way. Schools will be invited to send children to watch the games and meet the players. This tournament will give spectators the chance to see their national team compete against international competition on the island for the first time.
Cricket has been played on Malta for well over 100 years, in fact it has been recorded that the famous Victorian English cricketer W.G. Grace played cricket on the island on his way to play in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) in the late 1800’s.
Malta is an affiliate member of the world’s governing cricket body the ICC and has competed in every edition of the affiliate’s championship since its inception in 1998.
Wally Glynn the Maltese international held the Guinness Book of World Records for the oldest player to play international cricket when he competed against Greece at the age of 65 years and 289 days. The match was part of the European Cricket Federation Nations Championship held Zuoz in Switzerland, on the 21st August 1997.