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Apart from Europe, teams from Asia also practice at the International Level Stadium in the Desert Sprints Resort in the city of Almeria, Spain.
When you think about the Eurape and the game, it takes care of football and not football. But there are other sports besides football, which are preferred. There is also cricket in these sports, which has great appeal. There are 34 countries in Europe, where cricket is being played. Barring England and Ireland, T20, the shortest format of cricket in the remaining 32 countries, is more popular. The game has developed in Europe by the ICC’s efforts to promote cricket and increase the number of associate members.
AC Milan played a key role in the beginning of cricket
AC Milan, one of the leading football clubs in Italy, played a key role in the beginning of cricket. AC Milan Club was born as ‘Milan Cricket and Football Club’. In the last few years, cricket has made a place in the hearts of people. People are not only watching it but also playing it. British author Marcus Berkman has also written in his book ‘Rain Men: The Madness of Cricket’ – once you start liking cricket, you cannot get away from it.
Many European countries are playing T20 World Cup qualifiers
The European Cricket Council (ECC) was established in 1997. It is the governing body of European cricket. Earlier the European Cricket Federation used to run cricket. The ECC oversees all activities related to cricket. It hosts the European Championship. Apart from this, it also organizes Junior, Indoor and Women’s tournaments. It initially had 14 members. But now it has 37 members, out of which 9 have been recognized as ICC Associate Members and 17 have been recognized as Affiliate Members. At the same time, there are 11 ICC perspective members. There are many European countries, who are playing Cricket World Cup qualifiers.
T20 League saw 140 million people in 120 countries
Australia-born Germany wicketkeeper-batsman Daniel Weston made his Champions League of cricket debut. The European League launched in Spain in July 2019, with 8 clubs landing. It was shown by 40 broadcasters in 120 countries. Its viewership was more than 14 crores. It had to be canceled in 2020 due to Corona.
The first Madrid club was formed in Spain in 1975
Football-loving country Spain became an ICC affiliate in 1992 and an associate member in 2017. There are more than 80 clubs in the National League. There is an officially recognized Iberia Cup T20 tournament. Cricket was first played here in 1809. After the establishment of the Madrid club in 1975, a new era of cricket began in Spain.
Ireland and Scotland teams prepare
Spain has two grounds, where international matches take place. The first is Desert Springs and the second is La Manga. La Manga has a European cricket center, where Ireland-Scotland teams practice. The European Federation is headquartered here. There is also an academy as well. Desert Spring has an international level pitch. There is also an artificial wicket.