Cuba national cricket team

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Cuba
Flag of Cuba
Flag of Cuba
ICC membership granted 2002
ICC member status Affiliate member
ICC development region Americas
World Cricket League division n/a
Captain Unknown
Coach {{{current_coach}}}
First recorded match 1952 v Jamaica
As of 31 July 2007

The origins of the Cuban cricket team began in the 1920s when an influx of sugar workers from Jamaica and Barbados brought cricket to the plantations on the east of Cuba. Their teams played in leagues and cup competitions in Santiago de Cuba, Guantánamo and Baraguá.

Cuba's first international match in 1952, against a Jamaican team, included Jamaica's former Governor-General, Howard Cooke.

By the late 1990s cricket had spread to Havana, where there are more than 500 players. More than 2,000 juniors and adults play cricket today, with it being taught in some schools. More than 20 teams recently took part in a national under-15 tournament.

Today there is pressure to expand cricket in Cuba with the government stating that it wants to be more closely aligned with other Caribbean countries. In 2002 Cuba became an affiliate member of the International Cricket Council.

The president of the Cuban Cricket Commission is Leona Ford. After hearing of a speech she had given, Cooke persuaded Courtney Walsh to become involved and raise equipment for Cuban teams. Donations have also come from South Africa, India, Sri Lanka, Guyana, Canada, India and Britain. Former Indian One-day all rounder Robin Singh travelled to Cuba in 2007 forming a coaching team to train young players. Now first time in the history of Cuba a 20twenty match is being played in between local teams which includes team from ELAM,GIRON,PAKISTANI STUDENT TEAM,AND CIUDAD DEPORTIVO teams are participating.The first match will be played in Havana on 8 February 2013.1

References

  1. ^ "Cricket on Times of India | Live Cricket Score, Cricket News, India Cricket". Cricket.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 

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